WOCN Society and ASCRS Position Statement on Preoperative Stoma Site Marking for Patients Undergoing Colostomy or Ileostomy Surgery

J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2015 May-Jun;42(3):249-52. doi: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000119.

Abstract

Marking the optimal location for a stoma preoperatively enhances the likelihood of a patient's independence in stoma care, predictable pouching system wear times, and resumption of normal activities. Colon and rectal surgeons and certified ostomy nurses are the optimal clinicians to select and mark stoma sites, as this skill is a part of their education, practice, and training. However, these providers are not always available, particularly in emergency situations. The purpose of this position statement, developed by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society in collaboration with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American Urological Association, is to provide a guideline to assist clinicians (especially those who are not surgeons or WOC nurses) in selecting an effective stoma site.

MeSH terms

  • Colostomy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ileostomy*
  • Male
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Preoperative Care*
  • Societies, Nursing
  • Surgical Stomas*