Home Skills Program for Urostomy Patients 2024

Patients and families have a great responsibility for their surgical recovery. The American College of Surgeons Division of Education Surgical Patient Education Program provides the knowledge and skills needed to support patients during their continued postoperative care. The program includes information on urostomy, supplies needed and skills necessary to manage daily care. The program demonstrates each step of the procedure and facilitates our best practices needed for recovery. The program reviews the ostomy procedure, emptying and changing a pouch, problem solving and emergencies, and home management tips.

This program is made possible in part by the generous support of an education grant from Coloplast Corp.

    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.

    Course Outline

    • Your Urostomy
    • 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


      If you have any questions about this skills program, contact surgicalpatienteducation@facs.org.

      If you have any technical questions, contact learning@facs.org

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

      Ostomy Task Force

      H. Randolph Bailey, MD, FACS
      Colon and Rectal Surgery
      The Methodist Hospital
      Houston, TX

      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

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

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

      Ann Lowry, MD, FACS
      Colon and Rectal Surgery
      Fairview Southdale Hospital
      Minneapolis, MN

      Mike McGee, MD, FACS
      Colon and Rectal Surgery
      Northwestern Memorial Hospital
      Chicago, IL

      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
      John M. Daly, MD, FACS
      Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS
      Marlon A. Guerrero, MD, FACS
      B.J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC
      Mary T. Hawn, MD, FACS
      Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS
      Michael F. McGee, MD, FACS
      Jane E. Mendez, MD, FACS
      Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS
      Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS
      Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS
      Jonah J. Stulberg, MD, FACS
      Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS

      ACS Surgical Patient Education Program

      Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC

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

      Nancy Strand, RN, MPH

      Program 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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