An intestinal ostomy is an artificial bowel opening created on the skin, the complications of which can be associated with significant morbidity. Complications — including infection, parastomal abscess, hernia, dermatological conditions, stoma necrosis, stenosis, retraction and prolapse — negatively affect the quality of life of ostomates. Available data suggests that preoperative care and education by wound and ostomy therapists significantly reduce early stoma-related complications. In contrast, a lack of preoperative care was found to be a significant risk factor in problematic stomas. This session will provide approaches for preoperative care in patients undergoing ostomy surgery to reduce the burden of stoma-related complications.
1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours