Care of patients with peristomal skin complications
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Care of patients with peristomal skin complications

Jennie Burch Enhanced recovery nurse, St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex

Stoma formation is common and may be necessary in the management of certain diseases and as a result of surgery to the gastrointestinal tract or urinary tract. Because stomas provide an alternative route for the excretion of faeces and urine, they can have a significant effect on the individual’s physical, psychological and social functioning. Stomas require careful management and patients need to be taught how to self-care for the stoma and how to recognise common complications. This article focuses on the signs, symptoms and management of peristomal skin complications.

Nursing Standard. 28, 37, 51-57. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.37.51.e8317

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 15 September 2013

Accepted: 06 March 2014