Enterostomal Therapy

Enterostomal therapy focuses on the acute and rehabilitative care of patients with abdominal stomas, draining wounds, fistulae, dermal tissue trauma, and urinary incontinence. Patients with these conditions have special needs, and our specially trained enterostomal therapy nurses offer preoperative counseling prior to ostomy surgery, care for patients following surgery, and provide education to patients about post-surgery needs and stoma care.

ET Nurses:

  • identify patients at risk for dermal ulcers and recommend preventive measures
  • monitor skin care
  • provide staff education on procedures related to wounds, ostomy, and continence
  • provide pre- and post-operative teaching, counseling, and site selection for patients with ostomies
  • provide post-operative skin and stoma assessment and management
  • select and provide instruction on appropriate pouching techniques
  • counsel on the dietary, sexual, and vocational needs of ostomy patients
  • assist with the development of bowel training programs for patients experiencing incontinence
  • provide patient instruction in intermittent self-catheterization
  • provide urodynamics assessment to diagnose urinary tract problems