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WOC Patient Care Publications

The WOCN Society developed the following guides for patients with wounds, ostomies and urinary incontinence.

Urostomy Urine Sample Collection Instruction Card

Instructions for patient to provide to the person collecting the urine specimen. A urine sample is needed to check for UTI. The sample should not be taken directly from the used urostomy pouch. The correct procedure should be followed to avoid contamination of the urine sample. Contamination can result in incorrect culture results and improper use of antibiotics. Part of the Catheterization of an Ileal or Colon Conduit Stoma: Best Practice for Clinicians (2018).

Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patients and Health Care Providers

People who have a stoma often have many of the same questions and concerns. This resource document gives answers to some of the questions that people ask about the care of a stoma and the skin around the stoma. The answers are for the person who has a stoma but may be helpful for the nurse as a teaching tool. Updated in 2018!

Reversible Causes of Acute/Transient Urinary Incontinence: A Guide for Patients

Source: adapted from Reversible Causes of Acute/Transient Urinary Incontinence: Clinical Resource Guide. This patient guide addresses the reversible causes of acute/transient urinary incontinence.

Teen Chat: You and Your Ostomy

This document was specifically written for teenagers. Included in this teen friendly resource you will find information on the digestive and urinary systems, types of ostomies, ostomy products and usage, what to expect after surgery, diet and nutrition and information on transitioning back from surgery. Also discussed are quality of life issues specific to teens such as sports and exercise, travel, returning to school, and social/family relationships. A detailed list of resources for teens is also provided. We encourage you to use this information as a helpful guide and communication tool for your teen ostomy patients. 

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