Ostomy Patient Teaching
by Cathy Parkes February 17, 2022 Updated: February 23, 2022
Ostomy patient teaching:
- Cut opening in skin barrier ≤ 1/8" bigger than the measured stoma size to prevent skin damage from contact with ostomy output.
- Assess stoma regularly - should be pink/moist. Pale/blue stoma indicates ischemia.
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