Description: There is a shortage of nurse practitioner-staffed ostomy clinics that serve patients who had their surgery at another facility or years previously. This lecture will describe an inclusive model for outpatient ostomy care to serve this population. As length of stay decreases, ostomy patients are being discharged home with complex ostomy needs. Most are cancer survivors. This forgotten and underserved community is entitled to care and counseling from a certified ostomy practitioner. Nurse practitioners are uniquely positioned to evaluate ostomy-related medical conditions, educate patients and their caregivers, and prescribe appropriate products and treatments in the outpatient setting.
Participants will have a better understanding of the challenges ostomates face in the outpatient setting and the obstacles to establishing a nurse practitioner led outpatient ostomy clinic.