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The proper administration of rectal medication begins, as expected, with the establishment of proper sanitary procedures, mainly washing the hands and putting on finger cots or surgical gloves. Because the rectum is a primary conduit for bacteria entering the blood stream, the importance of this initial step cannot be overstated. Once the suppository is removed from its packaging, and assuming it does not need to be cut in half for dosage purposes – with any such cutting done lengthwise – and the patient has been properly positioned on his or her side with the upper leg bent at the knee to facilitate access to the rectum, the suppository is gently inserted pointy end first into the rectum and pushed up until it passes the sphincter. The gloves of the person administering the medication are then removed and the hands washed again.
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