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Stoma therapy in palliative care 

Stoma therapy in palliative care
Stoma therapy in palliative care

Jane Ellen Barr

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date: 24 January 2022

Patients with ostomies, wounds, or incontinence in the setting of a serious or life-threatening illness experience numerous challenges, including distress related to pain and other symptoms, psychological disturbances, and family concerns. Expert management of these conditions and their many complications is an essential part of a comprehensive palliative plan of care. In many countries, nurse specialists with advanced training in the management of ostomies, wounds, or incontinence are available as consultants or as members of a specialist palliative care team. These professionals can improve health care and quality of life for selected patients across venues of care that include hospital, home, long-term care, hospice, and specialized settings. If a stoma nurse specialist is available, he or she may have a key role in directing decision-making and care management related to these problems, evaluating and controlling symptoms that cause patients and families suffering, and providing psychosocial and spiritual support.

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