Peristomal skin complications are prevalent in persons living with an ostomy; more than 80% of individuals with an ostomy will experience a stomal or peristomal complication (PSC) within two years of ostomy surgery. Peristomal skin problems are especially prevalent and a growing body of evidence indicates they are associated with clinically relevant impairments in physical function, multiple components of health related quality of life, and higher costs. Several mechanisms are strongly linked to PSC including medical adhesive related skin injuries (MARSI). Peristomal MARSI (P-MARSI) is observed after removal of an adhesive ostomy pouching system. Although peristomal itch is often associated with PSCs there is increasing awareness of the impact of the peristomal itch even in the presence of intact skin. This session will discuss the impact of peristomal adhesive injuries and itch, report results of a recent consensus document and explore how to bring the knowledge into our clinical arena.
At the end of this session the learner will be able to discuss the impact of P-MARSI and Peristomal itch on quality of life.