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Discharge Planning for a Patient With a New Ostomy: Best Practice for Clinicians

Prinz, Anita; Colwell, Janice C.; Cross, Heidi H.; Mantel, Janet; Perkins, Jacqueline; Walker, Cynthia A.

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing: January/February 2015 - Volume 42 - Issue 1 - p 79–82
doi: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000094

A comprehensive discharge plan for a patient with a new stoma is needed to ensure the individual receives the necessary ostomy education prior to discharge. The plan should include teaching basic skills and providing information about how to manage the ostomy (ie, emptying and changing the pouch, how to order supplies, available manufacturers, dietary/fluid guidelines, potential complications, medications, and managing gas and odor), assisting with transitions in care, and providing information about resources for support and assistance. The purpose of this best practice guideline is to provide clinicians with a brief overview of the essential elements that should be included in the discharge plan to facilitate patient education and the transition of care from hospital to home.

Anita Prinz, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, COS-C, CLNC, VP of Clinical Affairs, Go Mobile Health, Inc, San Diego, California.

Janice C. Colwell, MS, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, Advanced Practice Nurse, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

Heidi H. Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, Nurse Practitioner, Wound and Ostomy Care, Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, New York.

Janet Mantel, MA, RN-BC, APN, CWOCN, Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse, Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, New Jersey.

Jacqueline Perkins, MSN, RN, ARNP, FNP-C, CWON, Wound/Ostomy Nurse Practitioner, VA Central Iowa Health Care System, Des Moines, Iowa.

Cynthia A. Walker, MSN, RN, CWON, Wound Ostomy Nursing Specialist, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.

Correspondence: Becky Dryden, BA, Publications and Website Manager, WOCN Society, 1120 Route 73, Suite 200, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 (

Developed by the WOCN® Society's Clinical Practice Ostomy Task Force.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2015 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.