Stomal Care




  • Discussion of the principles of care involved in maintaining a healthy stoma
  • Outlines routine care procedures for the stoma
  • Tabulated summary of the causes and management of stoma problems
  • Includes a relevant case study

This chapter outlines the fundamental principles of care required to maintain a healthy gastrostomy stoma and discusses how to identify and treat some of the problems that are commonly associated with stomas.


Contents include

  • Principles of care
  • Routine care
  • Managing problems
    • Fluid leakage and skin excoriation
    • Cellulitis
    • Dermatitis
    • Ulceration
    • Bleeding
    • Hypergranulation
  • Case study
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Julie Garreffa is a registered nurse who holds a graduate certificate in aged-services management, a certificate in health nursing and a certificate in workplace training and assessment. Julie worked for eight years as hostel supervisor for the Anglican Homes for the Elderly in Melbourne (Australia). She has also served in private practice as an educational assessor, facilitator of learning and quality consultant. Julie is a member of the Accreditation and Practice Committee of the Nurses Board of Victoria and is currently undertaking a graduate diploma in industrial training and adult educati...

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