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How to Use Fleet Enemas Prior to a Prostate Biopsy

author image Marcy Brinkley
Marcy Brinkley has been writing professionally since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Chicken Soup for the Soul," "Texas Health Law Reporter" and the "State Bar of Texas Health Law Section Report." Her degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; a Master of Business Administration; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
How to Use Fleet Enemas Prior to a Prostate Biopsy
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Medically Reviewed by
Kenneth R. Hirsch

A Fleet enema is a commercially prepared solution of sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate packaged in an administration kit, according to Drugs. com. Fleet enemas are used to clear the bowel before a prostate biopsy because the biopsy needle is inserted through the rectum, according to the University of Wisconsin Hospital. The enema solution pulls water into the bowel and stimulates the defecation reflex, according to Carol Taylor, R.N., Ph.D., author of "Nursing Fundamentals."

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Step 1

Examine the package and the kit to ensure that you have the correct medication. Read the instructions carefully.

Step 2

Spread a large towel or waterproof pad on the bed or on the floor.

Step 3

Lie on your left side on the pad or towel, and bend your knees.

Step 4

Put the gloves on your hands.

Step 5

Remove the applicator cap and discard it.

Step 6

Apply additional lubricant to the tip of the applicator if desired and insert the tip into your rectum.

Step 7

Push the enema contents into your rectum by slowly compressing the collapsible container. If you administer the enema too quickly, your body may not be able to retain it long enough to clean your bowel.

Step 8

Remove the applicator tip from your rectum and discard the entire kit.

Step 9

Remain lying down for two to 15 minutes, until you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. Hold the solution for as long as possible for best results.

Step 10

Move to the toilet and expel the contents of your bowels.

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