New ostomies can elicit mixed feelings in ostomy patients. While some suffering from long-term health effects may see it as a welcome alternative to their previous ailments, many patients don’t feel prepared for their new life with an ostomy, especially when it comes to its care and maintenance. To make the transition into life with an ostomy as smooth as possible, Guardian Community Health Systems provides ostomy nursing care.
What Is Ostomy Nursing Care?
Ostomy nursing care is the monitoring and maintenance of a patient’s ostomy following an operation. This also includes providing care for patients as they transition from the hospital to their home, educating patients and their caregivers. Life with an ostomy brings with it a number of physical, psychological and emotional challenges, through which all ostomy care nurses are trained to guide the patient.
What Services Are Involved?
Ostomy care nurses not only care for a patient following their ostomy surgery, but they also help patients and their families with the lifestyle transition involved with their new ostomy. A few of the tasks wound ostomy care nurses help patients with include the following:
- Dressing the ostomy wound and sterilizing the site to promote faster healing
- Monitoring the ostomy wound for signs of infection or unexpected movement
- Monitoring the patient for signs of complications, such as pain in the abdomen, fever, redness or irritation around the incision
- Cleaning and maintaining the ostomy
- Educating the patient and their family about the function and care of the patient’s new ostomy
- Guiding the patient through lifestyle changes associated with a new ostomy, such as changes to exercise routines, hobbies or travel patterns
- Providing psychological and emotional support for patients experiencing difficulties with body image following surgery
- Helping the patient and their family contact fellow ostomy patients to build a support network
These services are particularly helpful in the case of home ostomy nursing care, as the ostomy care nurse can more easily help the patient through their everyday tasks. The patient also benefits from the familiar surroundings, which add a level of comfort to their new situation.
Why Choose Ostomy Nursing Care?
Ostomies can be difficult for patients and their families to get used to, especially when it comes to their care and maintenance. On top of the emotional and psychological effects of a new ostomy, the experience can be overwhelming for patients. With an experienced ostomy nurse helping them in their own home, however, patients can ease into the experience in a familiar surrounding with the help of a medical expert.
If you or a loved one is considering ostomy nursing care, consider Guardian Community Health Systems. Contact us online or by phone today to learn more about the services our ostomy care nurses provide.