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.e8317Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 15 September 2013
Accepted: 06 March 2014
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