An enema is prescribed for a client with suspected appendicitis. The nurse should take which action?

  • tell the client to lie on his left side
  • explain the procedure to the client
  • compile necessary equipment
  • question the physician about the order
Number 4 is correct.
An enema is contraindicated for a client with suspected appendicitis as increased intestinal motility may aggravate the suspected appendicitis. When enema administration is appropriate, the other answers are correct.