“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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