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Cleaning up problems with bowel movements

  • Angela May

Toilet trouble affects up to half the adult population. Yet their problems could be relieved, hygienically and stylishly, through use of technology.

pv sprayFor the millions of people who suffer from bowel issues such as constipation, diarrhoea, diverticulitis, a Closomat shower (wash/dry) toilet has added benefits: it has built-in douching and drying, triggered by, and with simultaneous, flushing of the pan.

Thus, the Closomat brings benefits before any bowel action: its unique seating position (torso upright, buttocks slightly parted) can help position one’s sphincter in the best position for bladder & bowel movement. The spray action and angle can encourage movement by stimulating the anus without the invasiveness of traditional rectal douching.

After toileting, the user’s bottom is effectively and consistently cleaned and dried, without the need to wipe clean with toilet tissue- its potential side effects of skin irritation or abrasion, and risks of faecal cross contamination.

“More than 180 people each day are admitted to hospital with a severe case of constipation. Figures put the number of sufferers conservatively at 1 in 7 adults. Potentially 50% of people aged over 50 have diverticula. Infectious intestinal infections affect 1 in 5 people a year. Bladder movement- lack of, painful, or liquid- is a huge problem, but one as a nation we just don’t discuss,” says Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager.

“A warm spray of water can help stimulate bowel movement. It certainly offers a more hygienic solution to cleaning after.”


Closomat Limited, Building 1, Brooklands Place, Brooklands Road, Sale Cheshire, M33 3SD