The ability of specialist clinicians to provide optimal care and enhance safety for stoma patients has many challenges, including reduced average lengths of stay in hospital post-surgery and the limited number of clinical experts available across healthcare settings. To assist non-expert clinicians involved in the care of ostomy patients, an expert group developed an evidence-based, standardized algorithm, consisting of six steps to properly assess patients and their needs. In 2013, the algorithm completed its final level of validation. This entailed using real-life clinical scenarios with a panel of 297 registered nurses from both acute and post-acute settings. This session will present the findings of the validation study, initial bedside application, and the potential implications for clinical practice.
Describe development, face, content, and construct validation of ostomy algorithm
Explain potential uses in clinical practice
PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN-AP, CRNP, APNC, ANEF, FAAN,
Professor of Nursing,
School of Nursing-Camden, Rutgers University