Constipation Care Plan

Constipation Care Plan

Constipation is an incredibly common problem in the health field. Though several of your patients may be suffering, it is important to acknowledge that each individual requires his or her own plan of treatment. A thorough assessment is needed in order to find and treat the source of constipation. Red ‘habit’ flags are not always found during nurse-patient verbal communication. Keep your eyes open, and look for those poor habits that the patient is unable to recognize.

Using our Express feature, I created a constipation care plan that can be easily modified to meet your patients’ individual needs.


Subjective: Patient states, “I haven’t had a bowel movement in six days. I usually go at least once every two days.”

Objective: Patient’s abdomen is distended. Her mucous membranes are dry and cracking. There are no cups on the end tables or in the sink. Found a new prescription for Vicodin 5-325mg; two tabs every six hours as needed on the kitchen counter.


Constipation related to inadequate fluid intake and acute narcotic use


  1. Patient will pass soft, formed stool at least every other day by 4/10/2015.
  2. Patient will verbalize measures that will prevent a re-occurrence of constipation by 4/10/2015.


  1. Encourage daily fluid intake of 2,000 to 3,000 ml/day.

Rationale: Adequate hydration promotes a softer stool and provides moisture to the lining of the intestines.

  1. Provide education on narcotic use and constipation.

Rationale: Narcotics slow the passage of stool through the intestines. This dries stool, making it harder to pass.


  1. Patient has passed soft, formed stool every day since 4/10/2015.
  1. Patient verbalized understanding of Colace use and the importance of adequate hydration on 4/10/2015.

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