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WOCN Conference 2018

S04 - Development of a Patient Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide

Jun 3, 2018 11:15am ‐ Jun 3, 2018 12:45pm



The incidence of peristomal skin complications (PSCs) is reported to be as high as 77%, and the negative impact of PSCs on patient quality of life is well documented. In addition, studies show that the majority of patients fail to recognize PSCs, believing that skin issues are "normal", and only 20% seek treatment These data emphasize the need for consumer-based tools that educate individuals with ostomies about strategies for maintaining skin health and that assist the person with an ostomy to promptly identify PSCs and the appropriate response. This session will describe the development, availability, and appropriate utilization of a consumer-based tool for recognition and management of PSCs.

Learning Objective:

  • The learner will describe availability and utilization of a patient-focused tool for identification and management of peristomal skin complications.


  • Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, WOC Nurse Instructor and Clinician, Emory University
  • Ms. Jo Hoeflok, RN, BSN, MA, CETN(C), CGN(C), Consultant in Enterostomal Therapy Nursing, Self-employed

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