Gastroenterology clinic

Stoma care

Rae Bourke, Ian P Hayes



Stomal therapy (or enterostomal therapy) is a nursing specialty dedicated to the care of patients who require enteral or urinary stomas. It also covers fistula management and specific wound care.

Article Extract

  • A stoma is not a contraindication to good health, sexual activity, full term pregnancy or raising a family. Nevertheless, some patients will have problems coming to terms with their stoma.
  • Patients need to be able to see the stoma and know how to manage it to achieve independence after their surgery.
  • Modern stoma appliances play a major role in increasing patient confidence by providing reliable pouching systems.