Ostomate: A person who has an ostomy.
Barrier product: Cream, spray, wipe, or other product used to seal the skin and protect it from breakdown caused by moisture or incontinence.
Laparotomy: A surgical incision created for abdominal surgery, typically exploratory and sometimes an emergency.
Peristomal moisture-associated dermatitis: Inflammation surrounding a stoma resulting from sustained contact with stool or urine. Peristomal moisture-associated dermatitis can develop around any type of stoma. This includes tracheostomies, gastrostomies, urostomies, and colostomies.
Protectant: A material that can be applied to skin as a defense against harmful substances.
Stoma: The surgical opening of an ostomy on the skin’s surface.
Colectomy: A surgical procedure that removes part or all of the colon.
Colostomy: A colostomy is created by surgically bringing a piece of the colon (large intestine) to the surface of the abdomen to form a stoma.
Urostomy: Also known as an ileal conduit, a urostomy is a surgically created conduit for the passage of urine. In this procedure, using a stent from one or both kidneys, the ureters are attached to “an isolated piece of the small intestine which is brought to the outside of the abdomen to form a stoma.”1,2
Ileostomy: To create an ileostomy, the ileum (farthest part of the small intestine) is brought to the surface of the abdomen to form a stoma. Ileostomies have the highest complication risk.
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