Management of Fecal Incontinence for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Under the auspices of the International Continence Society

  • Donna Z. Bliss

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, Melissa Northwood, Donna Z. Bliss
    Pages 1-14
  3. Joan Ostaszkiewicz, Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, Melissa Northwood, Sharon Eustice, Donna Z. Bliss, Kaoru Nishimura
    Pages 15-47
  4. Maria Helena Baena de Moraes Lopes, Juliana Neves da Costa, Vera Lúcia Conceição de Gouveia Santos, Jaqueline Betteloni Junqueira
    Pages 49-62
  5. Mônica Milinkovic de la Quintana, Tania das Graças de Souza Lima, Vera Lúcia Conceição de Gouveia Santos, Maria Helena Baena de Moraes Lopes
    Pages 63-76
  6. Kathleen F. Hunter, Tamara Dickinson, Veronica Haggar
    Pages 77-91
  7. Frankie Bates, Donna Z. Bliss, Alison Bardsely, Winnie Ka Wai Yeung
    Pages 93-126
  8. Kathleen F. Hunter, Melissa Northwood, Veronica Haggar, Frankie Bates
    Pages 127-148
  9. Lene Elisabeth Blekken, Anne Guttormsen Vinsnes, Kari Hanne Gjeilo, Donna Z. Bliss
    Pages 149-169
  10. Tamara Dickinson, Sharon Eustice, Nikki Cotterill
    Pages 171-185
  11. Christina Hegan, Marlene Corton
    Pages 211-239
  12. Mikel Gray, Donna Z. Bliss, Sheila Howes Trammel
    Pages 257-289
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 307-308

About this book


The book describes the current management of fecal incontinence from an advanced practice nursing perspective. It fills a gap in nursing knowledge promoting and showcasing the expertise and significant contribution of advanced practice nurses whose role is so important in the health care system. Authors’ objectives are to disseminate information about evidenced-based nursing care for the incontinent patient to improve outcomes and quality of life as well as to instruct nurses involved in continence care to practice at a high quality level.

The book is structured in chapters, starting by explaining fecal incontinence and its impact on quality of life. The second chapter discusses advanced practice continence nursing. The epidemiology of fecal incontinence is reviewed to provide an appreciation of the scope of the problem. Normal defecation and mechanisms to ensure continence are reviewed to improve understanding of the alterations resulting in fecal incontinence.  The next chapters focus on assessment, diagnosis and management of fecal incontinence in various patient groups which parallels the delivery of care. Since surgery is a treatment option in some cases, a chapter explains surgical approaches and the postoperative nursing care. As skin damage is the most common complication of fecal incontinence there is a chapter about  management of these associated problems.  The last chapter addresses managing fecal incontinence in the patient with urinary continence also. Practice related chapters include a case study. All chapters highlight key information in a box or table. 

The intended readers are international advanced practice nurses who care for patients with incontinence as well as continence nurse specialists practicing at a general level. General nurses interested in continence care might also be interested in reading the book. Other disciplines who are part of the healthcare team may be interested in learning more about role of the advanced practice nurse.  


Fecal incontinence Bowel function Dual incontinence Advanced practice nursing Nursing practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Donna Z. Bliss
    • 1
  1. 1.School of NursingUniversity of Minnesota School of NursingMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-90703-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-90704-8
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