What is Ostomy Care?
An Enterostomal Therapist nurse or ET nurse is a registered nurse who has specialized training in caring for patients with ostomies.
An “ostomy” or “stoma” is a surgically-created opening in your abdomen that allows waste or urine to leave your body. There are many medical conditions that require ostomy surgery. That is why there are different types of ostomy surgery including colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. Surgeons inform patients what type of ostomy they require and then refer patients to ET nurses at the ET Clinic.
How we can help
We understand that every client and family has unique care needs. Prior to a planned surgery, the ET nurse meets with the patient and family to review information, demonstrate the equipment, and answer questions. The ET nurse also plays a major role in patient rehabilitation after surgery. The services that an ET nurse provides include:
counseling regarding the planned surgical procedure
determining where the stoma will be located
ostomy care education including:
The following documents provide information for families and friends to help support patients before, during and after surgery. Each document provides a section on troubleshooting and a listing of helpful resources.