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 Guideline for Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers will debut at the joint international conference of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society and World Council of Enterostomal Therapists in Phoenix, June 12 through 16, 2010.
The organization had its humble beginning in May, 1973, when an enthusiastic group of 14 enterostomal therapists (ET's) met for the first time to articulate the early development of a formal ostomy education program for nurses.
Poster session presented at the meeting of Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society and the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (Joint Conference), Phoenix, AZ.