Evidence indicates that stoma patients’ quality of life measures are low due to lack of confidence in the pouching system security and fear of leakage. Reports in the literature describe that up to 80% of all people with an ostomy encounter peristomal skin complications, the majority of which are related to a poor pouch seal. While it is evident that pouch seal leakage can cause profound problems for the person with an ostomy, little information is available on interventions to address leakage. Recently, over 1600 ostomy care nurses across 27 countries provided a consensus on nine statements on how to assess peristomal body profile, how to engage and educate patients and when to follow-up with patients after hospital discharge or product change. Learner Outcome:
This presentation will present the newly developed consensus-based guidelines for assessment of stoma and peristomal body profile, ostomy patient engagement and patient follow-up. Case studies will illustrate the use of the guidelines to asses’ patients with ostomies using the consensus guidelines.
APRN, CWOCN, FAAN,
Advanced Practice Nurse Ostomy and Wound Care,
University of Chicago Medicine