Discharge planning for a patient with a new ostomy: best practice for clinicians

J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. Jan-Feb 2015;42(1):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.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Ostomy / education*
  • Ostomy / nursing*
  • Patient Care Planning*
  • Patient Discharge / standards*
  • Patient Education as Topic / standards