Faecal incontinence in hospitals and residential and nursing homes for elderly peopleBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7027.378 (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:378
- Patrick G Walla,
- Michael J Ryana
- Consultant epidemiologist Senior registrar Gastrointestinal Diseases Section, PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London NW9 5EQ
EDITOR,—S M Peet and colleagues report a high prevalence of faecal incontinence in hospitals and residential and nursing homes for elderly people.1 Faecal incontinence causes distress to patients and increases the amount of care they require. It also presents problems for infection control as it facilitates the spread of infectious intestinal disease to residents, patients, and their carers.
Between January 1992 and December 1994 the Public Health Laboratory Service Communicable …