enterostomal therapist

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relating to or having undergone an enterostomy.
enterostomal therapist one who is certified to assist in the specialized care of patients who have undergone enterostomy or who require special skin or wound care; see also stoma. Information about local therapists available for consultation can be obtained by writing to Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, 4700 W. Lake, Glenview, IL 60025.

enterostomal therapist

a registered nurse who is qualified by education in an accredited program in enterostomal therapy to provide care for persons with stomas, draining wounds, fistulae, incontinence, and actual or potential alterations in tissue integrity. Also called endostomy therapist. See also Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.

enterostomal therapist



An individual trained to teach patients proper methods of caring for an ostomy. The certification title is certified enterostomal therapy nurse (CETN).

Enterostomal therapist (ET)

A specialized counselor, usually a registered nurse, who provides ostomy patients with education and counseling before the operation. After surgery, the ET helps the patient learn to take care of the stoma and appliance, and offers long-term emotional support.
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The World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) was inaugurated three decades ago in response to advances in nursing, medicine and surgery.
The WCET was formally founded on May 18th 1978 when 30 Enterostomal Therapists representing 15 countries, and 20 appliance manufacturers attended the first two-day congress held in Milan, Italy.
3 /PRNewswire/ -- Nurses who specialize in wound, ostomy & continence care will have the opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking conference that combines the expertise of two premier wound, ostomy and continence associations, The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society and The World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET).
And so too did an informal meeting that led to the formation of the International Association of Enterostomal Therapists.
The course is open to nurses, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, enterostomal therapists, nurse practitioners, and administrators.