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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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October 2014 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 60 - Issue 10

A Descriptive Survey Study to Evaluate the Relationship Between Socio-demographic Factors and Quality of Life in Patients with a Permanent Colostomy


  The impact of having a stoma on quality of life is increasingly recognized and studied. A descriptive survey study was conducted between January 2006 and December 2011 among 44 patients (18 women, 26 men) with a permanent stoma receiving care at the Kartal Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey, to evaluate socio-demographic factors that may affect the quality of life in Turkish Muslim patients with an enteral stoma....

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials Comparing Interventions for Peristomal Skin Care


  Standard skin care procedures for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tubes and peristomal skin care for colostomy and ileostomy patients are not always sufficient to prevent peristomal skin problems....

The Adjustments Experienced by Persons With an Ostomy: An Integrative Review of the Literature


  The person with an ostomy may focus on the negative aspects of the stoma rather than its function to the detriment of self-image, acceptance of a new lifestyle, and ability to self-care. The purpose of this integrative literature review was to explore factors involved in the adaption process of persons with a gastrointestinal stoma with a focus on the role of nonspecialist professional nurses in the process....

SAWC Spotlight: The Value of Evaluations

  At the completion of each SAWC, one of the first orders of business for Symposium planners is to process attendee evaluation forms. Conference participants need to complete the general survey and online evaluation form for each session to be eligible for continuing education credits....

AAWC Update

Call for Nominations for the 2015 AAWC Board of Directors

  The AAWC Call for Nominations for the 2015–2017 term on the AAWC Board of Directors has commenced....

Special to OWM: Whirlpool Use Makes List of Top Five Practices PTs and Patients Should Question

  At the invitation of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation to participate in Choosing Wisely®, an initiative to foster conversations between providers and patients regarding frequently performed healthcare procedures, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) created a list of five healthcare practices PTs and patients should question....

My Scope of Practice: Seeking the Evidence Base for Care

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Prize in Physiology winner

  Maintaining the patient’s dignity is especially important when working in the wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) field....

A Clinical Minute: For Cancer Patients, When Does the Wound Deserve the Same Attention as the Disease?

For individuals fighting cancer, nothing is more important than the curative treatment regimen. Honey used for wound healing is reemerging in modern day medicine, particularly for patients with cancer....

New Products and Industry News

New Ostomy Alliance Formed

  The United Ostomy Associations of America (a patient advocacy organization); the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN); and ConvaTec (Skillman, NJ) formed an alliance of providers, patient organizations, and medical technology manufacturers....

Editor’s Opinion: It Takes a Village to Improve Care

The first title of this journal, launched in 1980, was Ostomy Management. Reading the research about living with a stoma in the current issue of OWM, it may be difficult to believe 56 years have passed since Dr. Rupert Turnbull, the father of enterostomal therapy, enlisted patient Norma Gill to help his clients at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio....