Colostomies and their management
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Colostomies and their management

Barbara Borwell Dip Counselling, is Clinical Nurse Specialist and Lecturer Practitioner in Stoma/Breast Care, Salisbury District Hospital

This article describes the common types of colostomy and outlines the basic principles of management. It relates to UKCC professional development category: Care enhancement

Aim and intended learning outcomes

The aim of this article is to increase nurses' knowledge and understanding of the common types of colostomy and to outline the basic principles of management. After reading this article, the nurse should be able to:

Discuss indications for surgery

Differentiate between common types of colostomy operations

Understand the principles of management of patients with stomas

Apply this knowledge in order to plan and provide effective care for patients with stomas

Refer clients to available sources of help and support.

Nursing Standard. 11, 8, 49-55. doi: 10.7748/ns.11.8.49.s50

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