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Colostomy Care

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

Course Created: 2019

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No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

A colostomy is a surgical procedure that involves creating an opening in the colon and attaching it to a surgically created opening on the surface of the abdomen. A colostomy requires the patient to make lifestyle changes and to learn specific self-care. The great majority of people adjust to these changes and do not have any significant limitations on what they can do. Aside from managing the colostomy, they live life exactly as they did before the procedure was done. The patient’s physician or the ostomy nurse will provide the patient with information about the use of appliances, colostomy complications, diet, and exercise, but staff should have a basic understanding of those topics to support patient care.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Colostomy Care
  • Managing the Colostomy Bag
  • Colostomy Assessment and Complications
  • Lifestyle Issues and Colostomy Care
  • Case Study
  • Complications of a Colostomy

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the reasons for and functions of a colostomy.
  • Discuss the responsibilities of a CNA when it comes to colostomy care.
  • Identify complications associated with a colostomy.
  • Identify activity and diet concerns of patients who have a colostomy.


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