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Assessment and Management of Children With Abdominal Wall Defects

Razmus, Ivy S.

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing: January/February 2011 - Volume 38 - Issue 1 - p 22–26
doi: 10.1097/WON.0b013e318202abdd

Management of the newborn with an abdominal wall defect presents multiple challenges for the WOC nurse. This article discusses 2 types of abdominal wall defects, gastroschisis and omphalocele. An understanding of the similarities and differences in these complex defects assists the WOC nurse to care for these patients and their families.

Ivy S. Razmus, MSN, Quality Analyst at Saint Francis Health System, Tulsa Oklahoma and WOC Student, LaSalle University, Jenks, Oklahoma.

Correspondence: Ivy S. Razmus, MSN, 305 N Birch Ct, Jenks, OK 74037 (

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