Ostomies 

“And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh and thrust it into his belly. And the haft also went in after the blade: and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly, and the dirt came out” Judges 3:21-22 

 
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This could be the first definition of a colostomy. Ostomies have always been associated to the violent side of mankind, especially during warfare. Hippocrates (460-377 b.C) had already stated that wounds to the large instestine were fatal but not those to the small intestine.

 

General objectives of the ostomy care unit

 · To favour the continuity of the healthcare process.

 · To conduct proper patient education providing ostomised patients or their main caregivers with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform adequate stoma care.

 · Health education aimed at the prevention of late complications.

 · To work in a multidisciplinary manner with other health professionals attending ostomised patients.

What sort of patients that can come to this Unit?

 · Patients who have ostomies for bowel elimination:

 - Digestive stomas: colostomies, ileostomies, jejunostomies,etc.

 - Urologic stomas: skin urostomies, ureteroileostomy,nephrostomy,etc.

 · Patients with high-debit enterocutaneus, vesical or biliary fistulas.

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