A patient had a colon resection surgery 2 days ago. The patient states that he has not had a bowel movement yet but is passing gas. What should the nurse do?

Instruct the patient to ambulate and be active

Explanation

• Ambulation stimulates peristalsis and can improve bowel function and regularity.

• Notifying the physician is not necessary because the patient shows signs of bowel function.

• Administering medication or an enema and advancing the patient's diet are not indicated at this time unless ordered by the physician

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