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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

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    Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on constipation.

    This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

    Constipation means having a hard, dry bowel motion (poo) that is difficult to pass. It may cause straining, pain and discomfort. There may be slight bleeding from a small tear in the anus (outside of the back passage).

    Constipation is common, affecting one in five people.

    Everyone has different toilet habits. Some people use their bowels a couple of times a day to once every three days or so. As we get older most of us can expect to go less frequently.

    You are not constipated unless your bowel habits change.

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    Centre of Clinical Excellence - Acute
    Safer Care Victoria

    Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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