Introduction

Your patients may need a lot of help and guidance, both before and after stoma surgery. In this section, we present a wide variety of Coloplast tools, materials and programmes that can support you in caring for and helping your patients.

Assessing quality of life in stoma patients

Stoma Quality of Life Stoma Quality of Life The Stoma Quality of Life tool (Stoma-QoL) is a simple, validated questionnaire that can be used to measure quality of life in people with a stoma – and identify the issues that may cause anxiety or concern. Stoma Quality of Life tool
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Assessing quality of life in stoma patients

People with a stoma can have many concerns – fear of leakage, embarrassment about their body, worries about becoming a burden to family and friends. When these concerns stop people from doing the things they enjoy, it puts their quality of life at risk.

With Stoma-QoL, healthcare professionals now have a standard and a common language with which to assess quality of life for people with a stoma. You can use the tool to monitor quality of life over time in the same person – or compare quality of life between patients.

Stoma-QoL is:

  • Specifically designed for people with a stoma – all questions are based on input from people with a stoma
  • Validated – tested in representative stoma populations in different countries
  • Reliable – weighted to emphasise the issues that are most critical to the respondent’s quality of life
  • Cross-cultural – translated into 16 languages
  • Simple – the questionnaire only takes 5–10 minutes to complete

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Support materials for your patients

At Coloplast, we support healthcare professionals with easy-to-use tools for your patients. See patient stoma tools here
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Support materials for your patients

Support materials can help your patients in their daily life with a stoma. These materials can be given to your patients to read and use at home or discuss with you.

Understanding body profile is first step towards a better fit
With Coloplast’s BodyCheck tool, you and your patient can find recommendations on how to get an optimal fit between individual body profile and pouching system. There are eight easy steps to go through.

Helpful patient information
These brochures contain helpful information about life with a stoma:

 

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Helpful tools to support your work

Helpful tools to support your work At Coloplast, we are dedicated to supporting health care professionals with easy-to-use tools that can help you in your daily practice. See healthcare professional tools here
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Helpful tools to support your work

BodyCheck – understanding body profiles
In eight easy steps, BodyCheck helps you assess body profiles and decide on an appropriate product solution for each individual patient.

BodyCheck notepads
Based on Body Profile Terminology, our BodyCheck notepads have step-by-step illustrations for identifying a patient’s peristomal body profile. A useful tool when discussing individual body characteristics with patients and choosing an appropriate stoma solution.

Assessing peristomal skin conditions
The Ostomy Skin Tool is designed to provide an efficient method for determining the cause and severity of peristomal skin conditions. It also provides recommendations on how to monitor and manage these conditions.

Assessing quality of life in stoma care
The Stoma Quality of Life tool (Stoma-QoL) is a simple, validated questionnaire that can be used to measure quality of life for people with a stoma, and identify the issues that may cause anxiety or concern.

Surgical Information pads
Understanding the basics of a surgical procedure is important for many patients, as it can help them feel prepared and better able to cope. These Surgical Information Pads are an educational tool for proactive patients who would like detailed information about their surgery.

The pads are available for:

  • Abdomino-perineal excision of rectum (APER)
  • Low anterior resection
  • Hartmann’s procedure
  • Total colectomy
  • Restorative proctocolectomy
  • Pan-proctocolectomy
  • Ileal conduit

Ostomy Care Plan
The Ostomy Care Plan is a comprehensive plan of care that follows the patient pathway from pre-, peri- and postoperative management through to discharge. If the patient does not follow the pathway, the care plan can be changed or some of the elements left out.

The Ostomy Care Plan can be used by experts to:

  • Educate and train nurses and other HCPs, regardless of experience level, and thus ensure the level of stoma care quality
  • Educate and train stoma patients and their relatives

Guide to Ostomy Adhesives
This guide provides an introduction to ostomy adhesives and explains the interaction between peristomal skin and an adhesive.

For more information about these tools, please contact your local Coloplast representative.

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Ostomy Skin Tool

Your opportunity to assess peristomal skin conditions in a unique standardized way


Aimed at ostomy care nurses

Ostomy Skin ToolThe Ostomy Skin Tool was developed with cooperation from the professional Coloplast Global Advisory Board, which represents members of highly qualified ostomy care nurses from 12 different countries.


The tool was developed for the DialogueStudy, a global clinical study, to assess the condition of peristomal skin over time. It has been tested in practice by the members of the Coloplast Global Advisory Board and some of their colleagues before being introduced into the DialogueStudy. 


The Ostomy Skin Tool consists of two parts; the DET score and the diagnostic guide.

 

As the Ostomy Skin Tool is a novel, standardized tool for assessing peristomal skin conditions over time, it is vital to understand how the Ostomy Skin Tool works and to prove the reproducibility.

 

Try the online version of the Ostomy Skin Tool below.

Body Profile Terminology

Coloplast’s Body Profile Terminology aims to define a common language for healthcare professionals and people with a stoma to use when describing the peristomal body profile. Peristomal body profile
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Body Profile Terminology

No two bodies are the same. When choosing stoma appliances, the key to ensuring a good fit and reliable system is being able to know and describe the peristomal area accurately.

To make it easier for healthcare professionals and people with a stoma to describe and agree on a peristomal body profile, Coloplast has developed a common ‘language’. This set of terms, which we call our Body Profile Terminology, has been developed together with nurses and patient focus groups worldwide.

Find out more in the online BodyCheck tool.

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Support right from the start

Coloplast Care is a nurse-developed programme designed to give people with a stoma the support and information they need. Read more about Coloplast Care programme
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Support right from the start

Adjusting to life with a stoma can be challenging, both emotionally and physically. The way people tackle these challenges very much depends on their personal situation and individual resources.

At Coloplast, we offer free support to anyone who uses stoma-related products. Coloplast Care provides services for people with a stoma to help ensure the best possible use of our products and a smooth transition back to everyday life after stoma surgery. We offer lifestyle advice as well as practical and emotional support when it’s needed.

Please contact your local Coloplast office, to learn more about the Coloplast Care programme. 

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