Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Join
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Blog
Blog Home All Blogs
If you have a great topic that you would like to share with your colleagues, or if you are unsure of what you can write about, email Marketing Coordinator Jenna Bertini at jbertini@wocn.org and she will help get you started!

 

Search all posts for:   

 

Top tags: WOCN  woc nurse  nursing  ostomy  nurse  clinical  nurses  WOCN Society  education  nursing student  specialty  2015 conference  conference  continence  membership  ostomate  stoma  surgery  3M award  3M Award for excellence in skin safety  annual conference  care  NSNA  patient  research  urostomy  WOC  wound  WTA  WTA Program 

What is the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers and Who Can Benefit From It?

Posted By Jenna A. Bertini, Thursday, August 9, 2018

This article was written by Healthline Media for the WOCN Society.


What is the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers and Who Can Benefit From It?
How to use the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers to improve and maintain your peristomal skin health.

For individuals living with an ostomy, an opening in the abdomen created for the body to eliminate waste, ensuring you know how to check skin for problems is a proactive way to maintain good health. The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®) is an international nursing society of experts in the care for patients with wound, ostomy and incontinence. With over 5,000 health care professionals, the WOCN Society's mission is to provide dedicated care and advice through advocacy, education and research for its members. One of the key resources available through the Society is the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers.

The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers is a free online guide for individuals living with an ostomy. The guide is designed to help people with an ostomy understand and identify common skin problems that may occur as a result of having an ostomy. With an overview of next steps in skin care management and prompts individuals to seek further medical attention from a wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse, this guide empowers people with an ostomy to be proactive about their health.

There are two key words that people with an ostomy need to understand - ostomy and stoma. An ostomy is a surgically created opening in a person's abdomen. A stoma is the end of the intestine that is brought to the surface of the abdomen during the surgical procedure. Typically, a bag or pouch is worn over the stoma to collect bodily waste.

After an ostomy procedure is completed, there are several complications that can occur including:

  • skin irritation - irritation around the adhesive on the ostomy appliance.
  • dehydration - if a lot of waste exits through the stoma each day dehydration can occur.
  • leakage - if the appliance isn't fitted properly, leakage can occur.
  • bowel obstruction - if you don't properly chew your food, blockages can occur in the intestine.
  • retraction - the stoma can move inward if weight gain occurs or scar tissue grows.
  • parastomal hernia - this occurs when the intestine presses outwards through the ostomy.
  • necrosis - this is tissue death that can occur in the days following surgery to install the ostomy.

If you suspect you may be experiencing some of the complications listed above, you can use the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers to assess your condition before seeking further medical support. There are four steps outlined in the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers:

  1. Remove your pouching system.
  2. Look at your skin and stoma in both sitting and lying positions.
  3. Answer a series of questions, choosing the answer that best matches what you see.
  4. Follow the instructions in the guide.

The questions in the guide are focused on the location and color of the skin damage. Once you have answered the questions, you will receive further steps for at-home management of the skin condition. The further steps will outline when you should seek further advice from a medical professional. For example, if the condition doesn't improve after 7 days.

Living with an ostomy can be a big lifestyle change. Following the steps outlined in the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers will help you proactively monitor the condition of your peristomal skin at home. While the guide doesn't replace the advice of a medical professional, it is a helpful tool for people with an ostomy. If you're experiencing pain or significant complication with the operation of your ostomy, seek advice from a WOC nurse.

The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers is funded through an educational grant from Hollister Incorporated. Click here to view the guide.

Helpful resources:

Mayo Clinic Staff. (2014). Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.
mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/in-depth/ostomy/art-20045825.

Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers (n.d.).
http://psag-consumer.wocn.org/#use-guideline.

Possible challenges and complications. (n.d.).
ostomy.uchicago.edu/page/possible-challenges-and-complications.

Surgery for Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis. (2010, August)
ccfa.org/assets/pdfs/surgery_brochure_final.pdf.

What is the role of surgery in treating Crohn’s disease? (n.d.)
bidmc.org/Centers-and-Departments/Departments/Digestive-Disease-Center/Inflammatory-Bowel-Disease-Program/Crohns-Disease/What-is-the-role-of-surgery-in-treating-Crohns-disease.aspx.

Tags:  bag  clinical tool  guide  nurse  ostomy  peristomal  pouch  skin care  skin health  stoma 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

A Guide to the 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference

Posted By Jenna A. Bertini, Thursday, May 26, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Attending the 2016 Joint Conference for the first time can be a lot to take in all at once, especially in a new environment. Joining educational sessions, networking with thousands of like-minded professionals and absorbing new information can cause you to feel overwhelmed. Do not fear! The Joint Conference is a great way to meet new people and learn about new practices and products to advance your professional work.

In this blog post, you will learn a few tricks of the trade to help you navigate and enjoy your first time at the 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference in Montreal.

 

1. Prior to the meeting, do your research, organize and prepare.

  • Watch the "What To Know Before You Go" video. Nurse Nancy can help you with any last minute travel preparations!


  • Review the Conference Program to be aware of event times, sessions, speakers and the Exhibit and Poster Hall.
    • Mark the events, presentations, etc. that you want to attend ahead of time.
    • Don't miss out on the Innovation Theater, where you will learn about new WOC products and services.
      • Located at the end of Aisle 100 running from Sunday, June 5 through Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
    • Pre-register for all your conference symposia choices,
    • Don't miss the Joint Conference Social Event for a night of networking and fun!
      • Update your registration to purchase a ticket to this event.
      • Costs $25 per person and includes two drink tickets, food, music and entertainment.

  • Download the 2016 MyWOCN 2016 Mobile App to your smartphone from the App Store or Google Play.
    • Turn on the BUZZ notifications to receive updates of when events, sessions and presentations begin.
    • Create a personalized itinerary for each day.
    • Star  the exhibitors and sessions you want to be sure to attend.
    • Post on social media directly from the app using the hashtag #WOCNCAET16.

 


 2. Upon arrival at the meeting, learn your schedule and begin networking!

  • Review your schedule to stay organized. On some days, events start earlier than others and some events will run later into the evening.
    • Give yourself enough time to get ready and make it to events on time.
    • Use the MyWOCN mobile app to keep track of your agenda.
    • Networking with people in your sessions. Meet AT LEAST 2 new people every day. Make a note of names, titles and how you met them on the back of their business cards.
    • Look for windows of free time to engage in tourist activities to make the most of your trip!
    • Post your adventures to social media with the hashtag #WOCNCAET16.

3. Upon departing the Joint Conference and returning home, take the opportunity to follow up with contacts and references.

  • Write down the names of events you attended and the names of people you connected with. 
    • Check your MyWOCN mobile app and the notes you made while on-site
    • Follow up with your contacts by connecting on LinkedIn, Facebook and sending emails to maintain contact. Use your contacts for your professional advancement.
    • Write down the events that were most helpful or interesting for you, and why. Looking back in hindsight can help you gauge which sessions are right for you for next year's conference!

 

Following these tricks will help attendees have a positive, productive experience at the 2016 WOCN & CAET Joint Conference. Attending the Joint Conference is an excellent experience for any healthcare professional. You will gain invaluable knowledge about the industry, engage in numerous networking opportunities and make lasting memories all while advancing your career. We look forward to seeing you!

Tags:  CAET  Guide  International  Joint Conference  Meeting  Mobile App  MyWOCN  WOCN  WOCN Society 

Share |
PermalinkComments (1)
 
Join Now Contact Us: info@wocn.org 888-224-WOCN(9626) Advertising

Copyright 2018 Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™. All rights reserved.

The WOCN® Society is professionally managed by Association Headquarters, a charter accredited association management company.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: The names and contact information for all individuals listed on this site is privileged, confidential information and intended for specific purposes. No one (individual or company) may use any contact information on the WOCN Society website to contact, to distribute information to, or solicit anyone for any reason other than the intended purpose for which the name and contact information is available. Click here to view our detailed Privacy Policy.