BECOME A STOMA EXPERT
I’ll guide you through the different kinds of appliances out there so you can figure out which one is best for you.
My response often surprises them. “They’re all good...but…wait! They’re not all suited to everyone.”
Each person is unique and has their own personal story. When my patients enter my office, they allow me to enter part of their hectic, uncertain but very precious lives.
The best fit combined with an optimal skin barrier formulation should mainly guide your choice. However, these two primary needs can be met by using a one-piece appliance, as well as a two-piece appliance
This question is mostly asked after an appointment. When should I see my ET nurse again? This question is extremely important as a lot of people wait too long before they come see me again. It's important to go see your ET nurse if your ostomy device leaks often.
In recent years, much research on the negative effects and the impacts of complications of peristomal skin has been conducted. Despite all the products that are being offered, it's hard to prevent complications. That's why the adjustment of the protective field is the number one priority for ostomates.
I am sure you know surgery is stressful. Future ostomates ask me a lot of questions, and some of them keep coming up. I decided to write an article on frequently asked questions.
What I’m describing in this article does not apply to every single case. There will always be isolated cases where the operation will be different. This article will be divided into two parts, and this was the first one.
According to the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec, there were 12 292 people living with a permanent stoma in 2013. There is also a bunch of other people living with a temporary stoma who were not counted. Is this for life or not? It really depends on your disease and what is best for you. Ileostomy, colostomy and urostomy are three possible choices, depending on the disease.
Have you ever heard about enterostomal therapy nurses (ETN)? I am currently taking an enterostomal therapy course to further develop my knowledge in wound, ostomy and continence care. Before working in this field, I truly asked myself: “But what do they do?” Over 300 nurses in Canada are specialized in enterostomal therapy.