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Living Well With a Stoma

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Provider
Ausmed

What is a Stoma?

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. 

Common Types of Stomas

Stomas are identifiable through their prefix:

  • colostomy is a stoma created from the colon: an opening in the large bowel is made and faecal flow is diverted.
  • An ileostomy is created from the ileum: an opening in the ileum (small bowel) is made and faecal flow is diverted.
  • urostomy is a surgically-created diversion of urine: a urostomy may be necessary if the bladder is removed and the person needs an alternative way to pass urine.

When a stoma is created in different parts of the intestines, the faecal matter that it diverts will be different to the faecal matter found in another area. An ileostomy can be expected to produce loose stools because it is closer to the small intestine, while a colostomy will produce soft and formed stools with more flatulence because it is near the rectum.

The site also determines how active a stoma should be. Approximately 300-800mL of faecal matter is produced with an ileostomy, meaning the stoma appliance usually needs to be emptied four to six times a day, whereas a colostomy will generally be active daily (Koutoukidis et al. 2016).

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Living Well With a Stoma
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Education Provider
Start Date
13-Feb-2020
End Date
13-Feb-2023
CPD Points
4m of CPD
Price
Free
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