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Colostomy Care

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2014

Practice Level: Beginner

Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

A colostomy is not very complicated to manage and many patients who have one can provide self-care. However, some patients, because of age, disability, or other limiting factors, cannot do routine colostomy care and this is an area of patient management that certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs) are often required to perform. Colostomy care is considered to be a basic skill that all CNAs and HHAs should know.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Colostomies
  • Colostomy Care
  • Emptying and Changing the Bag Irrigation
  • Stoma Complications
  • Life Style Issues and Colostomies

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the primary function of the colon.
  • Identify the two basic reasons for performing a colostomy.
  • Identify the correct definition of a stoma.
  • Identify basic CNA/HHA responsibilities of colostomy care.
  • Identify a procedure used to establish regular passage of feces.


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