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How Do We Promote Independent Ostomy Management for People with Disability?

Authors

  • Mary Zeigler MS RN CRRN CWOCN


Abstract

Purpose

To describe how people with ostomies became independent with their ostomy management.

Method

Two clinical ostomy consultations which incorporated traditional ostomy management along with state-of-the-art ostomy technology aimed at the needs of the disabled person.

Results

The newer technologies eliminated several of the traditional steps and made a one-handed approach possible.

Discussion

This article describes two clinical consultations which incorporated traditional ostomy management along with state-of-the-art ostomy technology aimed at the needs of the disabled person. Peristomal skin preparation and protection, barrier wafer preparation, proper pouch emptying, and newer technology are discussed.

Conclusion

The consultations resulted in ostomy care autonomy and an improved quality of life in both patients.

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