Working with Evidence to Improve Stoma Care

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 18:00 - 18:30

This session will focus on tools available to stoma care nurses to gain knowledge and skills that will improve their practice.

Ostomy launchpad:
Ostomy Launchpad CPD is an interactive revalidation tool for nurses. This platform offers all users a free online portfolio, so you can easily save evidence of your progress towards NMC requirements, ready to download whenever you need it.
Your membership of Ostomy Launchpad CPD entitles you to:
• Access topical peer-reviewed content
• Learn the latest nursing standards and share best practices that will stimulate thought and reflection
• Help you fulfil your revalidation requirements

Peristomal Skin Health Consensus
One of the fundamental issues for all nurses that care for people with a stoma is to maintain skin health. However, when looking through the many hundreds of publications on the topic of stoma care it becomes clear that skin care is problematic for both people with a stoma and the nurses trying to assist them. To help improve care, there is now a consensus document available from the British Journal of Nursing, written in conjunction with experts on stomas and skin care; Keep it simple: peristomal skin health and quality of life. This consensus document describes the importance of assessing patients and classifying their skin condition when it occurs. Assessment might involve using a tool or asking the right questions. It is important to consider ways to manage any changes in skin integrity as well as to record and monitor improvement. Listen to the highlights and read the document to help you to help people with stomas maintain a good quality of life.

Jennie Burch, Head of Gastrointestinal Education, St Mark's Hospital