Living Well With a Stoma

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A stoma can be life-changing for an individual. Not only are they forced to come to terms with the loss of control over their elimination of faeces or urine, but they may also experience other consequences such as changes to body image or sexual function, social isolation, stigma, embarrassment and decreased mood.

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A stoma is a surgically-created, artificial opening in the abdomen, which allows waste (faeces or urine) to be diverted into a collection bag.


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Sally Moyle
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator
Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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Malai Fahey
22 Apr 2021
Topics was helpful
melinda venables
11 May 2021
This was a wonderful resource I learn't that when you have an ileostomy you need to change bag 4 - 6 times as the ileous holds 300 - 800 pls which I was unaware of.
Heidi Edgar
04 Apr 2023
Registered Nurse
An easy read that gives vital information related to stomas and the potential patient outcomes, that can be experienced, post operatively.
Melina Giri
06 Jan 2022
Christopher Djekic
15 Apr 2023
Thank you easy to understand and reinforced existing knowledge.
Ravi ale
26 Aug 2021
Very helpful.
Mihaela Stuhmcke
16 Feb 2023
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Vanesa Roberts
23 Sep 2020
This was a good review of stoma care.
Stephy Joseph
11 Feb 2023
Registered Nurse
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