It’s time for your discharge teaching. You’re about to head out the door, but you want to make sure you leave this client with a few key points before they go home. This is a great opportunity to reinforce what they need after surgery and help them feel more confident in their ability to care for themselves post-discharge.
The first thing we want you to do is to keep track of how much stool comes out each day – both in terms of volume and frequency. If it seems like there has been an increase in the amount coming through, or if it becomes very painful, please call us at [PHONE NUMBER]. We will also be sending something called a colostomy bag which will collect any stool that can’t be absorbed. There are a few different ways you can wear the bag, which we’ll cover during your discharge teaching session.
The next thing is to make sure that everything’s clean and tidy around the stoma – if there is any stool on or near it, please remove it with soap and water because this area will need extra care to avoid infection. This includes wiping down nearby surfaces like bed rails or toilet seats.
And finally, remember not to use harsh cleaning products in your bathroom at home since those could irritate the skin around your colostomy site too much while you’re healing! As always, don’t hesitate to call us for more information about what’s covered in these instructions before heading out of town.