Adult Urostomy Home Skills Course for Patients

You and your care givers are key members of the surgical team.  This program will give you the knowledge and skills to help in your recovery. It includes information on urostomy, your supplies, and the skills you need for daily care.  It includes the ostomy procedure, emptying and changing a pouch, problem solving, and when to call your surgical team.  Tips for managing your care from diet to travel are included.  

Course Outline

  • Welcome
  • Your Urostomy
  • Pouching System and Accessories
  • Ostomy Skills
    • Measuring and Cutting a Pouch
    • Emptying and Changing a Pouch
  • Problem Solving and Emergencies
  • Home Management and Other Resources
  • Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Target Audience

  • Patients requiring a urostomy
  • Family members/caretakers of patients requiring a urostomy

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the daily care needed for a urostomy.
  • Name the basic equipment that is used for ostomy care.
  • Describe the steps for ostomy home care including: how to empty and change a pouch, how to measure and cut a pouch, and basic problem-solving skills.
  • Identify how to manage common ostomy problems including: irritated and red skin, barrier not sticking, dehydration, inactive stoma, stoma bleeding, stoma prolapse, and stoma retraction.
  • Describe how to manage everyday activities including bathing, exercise and traveling.


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Ostomy Task Force

Teri Coha, APN, CWOCN
Pediatric Surgery
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Janice C. Colwell, RN, MS, CWOCN, FAAN
Ostomy Care Services
University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, IL

Martin L. Dresner, MD, FACS
Chief, Department of Urology
Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System
Tucson, AZ

John Easly
Patient Advocate
Ostomy Support Group of DuPage County
Clarendon Hills, IL

Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS
Division of Urologic Oncology
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA

Kathleen G. Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®)
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Jack McAninch, MD, FACS, FRCS
Department of Urology
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA

Jay Raman, MD, FACS
Division of Urology
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Marletta Reynolds, MD, FACS
Pediatric Surgery
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, IL

David Rudzin
United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.
Northfield, MN

Nicolette Zuecca, MPA, CAE
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®)
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Patient Education Committee

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME

Lenworth Jacobs, MD, FACS

Jessica R. Burgess, MD, FACS

David Tom Cooke, MD, FACS

Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS

Lisa J. Gould, MD, PhD, FACS

Jeffery Farma, MD, FACS

Alden M. Maier, MD, FACS, FACCP

Karthik Rajasekaran, MD, FACS

Richard J. Shemin, MD, FACS

John H. Stewart IV, MD, MBA, FACS 

Cynthia L. Talley, MD, FACS

Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD(Hon), FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon)

ACS Surgical Patient Education Program

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC

Assistant Director
Kathleen Heneghan, PhD, MSN, RN, PN-C

Senior Manager
Katie Maruyama, MSN, RN

Senior Administrator
Amanda Bruggeman


A Certificate of Completion/Certificate of Participation will be awarded for this course.

This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion


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