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WOCNext 2020 Reimagined

301 - Challenges for the Ostomate: The Science Behind Maintaining Nutrition for Fecal and Urinary Diversions

Jun 6, 2020 5:15pm ‐ Jun 6, 2020 6:15pm

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Nutrition management of a patient with a new or existing ostomy or continent diversion presents a special challenge to the clinician. It is critical to understand what constitutes normal function in each type of ostomy, continent ​urine and bowel ( J-pouch, K-pouch) diversions and how best to intervene when complications such as malnutrition, dehydration, and electrolyte depletion arise. Appropriate and well-planned nutrition support regimens can help optimize the patient’s nutritional status and improve nutrient and medication absorption.


  • Mrs. Arlene Escuro, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, FAND, Advanced Practice II Dietitian, Cleveland Clinic

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