A Fresh Look at Ostomy Care

A Fresh Look at Ostomy Care
Faculty: Gwen B. Turnbull, RN, BS, ET
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Target Audience
This program is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses and pharmacists who care for patients with stomas.

Program Overview
This program reviews various indications for ostomies and explores the types of stomas, their unique characteristics and associated care. Education relevant to the patient, their family or other caregivers is discussed.

The goal of this activity is to enhance the understanding of nurses and pharmacists on the fundamentals of ostomy care and patient teaching so that appropriate care may be provided to adult patients with an ostomy, regardless of the care setting

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate among ileostomy, urostomy, and colostomy continent and incontinent surgical procedures, understanding their impact on care and patient teaching.
  • Integrate a comprehensive ostomy assessment of the adult patient with a stoma into the overall patient assessment process.
  • Implement the basic principles of ostomy management in a variety of clinical settings.

This activity is supported through an educational grant from ConvaTec and will expire on July 31, 2011.

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Managing Common Stomal and Peristomal Skin Problems

Managing Common Stomal and Peristomal Skin Problems
Faculty: Gwen B. Turnbull, RN, BS, ET
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Target Audience
This program is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses and pharmacists who care for patients with stomas.

Program Overview
This program addresses stomal and peristomal skin complications, common problems related to ostomy surgery or living with an ostomy.

The goal of this activity is to assist nurses and pharmacists, in a variety of clinical settings, to have a working knowledge of common stomal and peristomal skin complications so as to empower them to implement appropriate interventions and/or referrals.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the presentation, etiology, assessment and management of common peristomal skin problems such as: contact dermatitis, folliculitis, fungal infection, hyperplasia, mechanical injury, psoriasis, pyoderma gangrenosum, and peristomal varices.
  • Describe the presentation, etiology, assessment, and management of the following stomal problems: peristomal hernia, stomal laceration, mucocutaneous separation, necrosis, prolapse, retraction, stenosis, unusual shape or configuration, and presence of devices.
  • Recognize the management challenges and increased risk of stomal and peristomal skin problems in an obese patient with a stoma.

This activity is supported through an educational grant from ConvaTec and will expire on July 31, 2011.

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Meeting the Management Needs of the Person with a Stoma

Meeting the Management Needs of the Person with a Stoma
Faculty: Gwen B. Turnbull, RN, BS, ET
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Target Audience
This program is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses and pharmacists who care for patients with stomas.

Program Overview
This program reviews the components of a comprehensive ostomy assessment. Fundamentals of ostomy care are then described. Lastly, educational needs commonly required by affected persons and their families in a variety of settings are discussed.

The goal of this activity is to assist nurses and pharmacists to develop an understanding of the various ostomy characteristics and how they influence management in a variety of clinical settings.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of general, abdominal and stomal assessments as part of the clinical decision making process for selection of appropriate ostomy management supplies.
  • Describe three decision points used to select appropriate skin barriers, pouches, and pouching systems for a patient with an ostomy.
  • Match the features of specific pouches, skin barriers, and pouching systems that may aid in promoting self-care to the patient’s maximum physical and mental abilities.

This activity is supported through an educational grant from ConvaTec and will expire July 31, 2011.

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