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Living Well With a Stoma

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A stoma is a surgically-created artificial opening, where a section or piece of the bowel is brought through the abdomen. It doesn’t only apply to intestines but often when people think of stomas, they are thinking of intestinal stomas.

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A stoma can be permanent or temporary. A permanent stoma generally occurs after a colectomy has been performed, and most often occurs in cases of colorectal cancer. A temporary stoma can be made to give the bowel time to rest for individuals with conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease.

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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
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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.
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Melina Giri
06 Jan 2022
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Ravi ale
26 Aug 2021
Very helpful.
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INGRID AQUINO
11 Aug 2021
Educational
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Vanesa Roberts
23 Sep 2020
This was a good review of stoma care.
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Ram Subedi
18 Apr 2021
Nice and effective in workplace.
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Janelle Mulherin
15 May 2020
good basic over view
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Susma Gurung
14 Feb 2021
This topic was very helpful to understand about Stoma and its impact and causes. It also provided a clear information about how it should be maintained. This resource seemed short but I think it included all the basic and important information about Stoma.
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