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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 08:50: pm
I was working in a nursing home in the 70's when the Fleet became popular. Before the Fleet, giving someone an enema was a very time consuming process. You had to get the equipment, mix the solution and check the temperature, haul it to the room, lube the patient, and wait 5-10 minutes while the enema was going in, then clean and put away the equipment. The whole process took up to a half-hour per person and some days there was a whole list of people who needed an enema.
With the fleet you are in and out in 5 minutes. And these days, Time = Money
I won't claim the Fleet is as thorough or better for the patient, but if the only purpose is to start a bowel movement, they are usually effective.
Even at home, I believe most people today who need an enema for occasional constipation will choose the Fleet over the old fashioned bag for convenience. Those of us who still use and enjoy the bag are a minority.
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