A stomal therapist is a Registered Nurse who has undergone specialist training in stomal therapy and PEG tubes.
Stomal therapists educate patients, partners or their carer's in the pre and post-operative care of their stoma or PEG tube.
What is a stoma?
A stoma is a surgically created opening which allows the elimination of body wastes such as urine and faeces from the body.
A stoma may be permanent or temporary.
Why do people need a stoma?
Trauma to the bowel
Radiation damage to the bowel
Abnormalities a person is born with (congenital)
Inflammatory bowel conditions
To protect a join in the bowel (anastomosis)
Types of stomas
A surgical opening into the large bowel (or colon)
A colostomy may be temporary or permanent
A surgical opening into the small bowel (or ileum)
An ileostomy may be temporary or permanent
A stoma made from a piece of small bowel to divert urine
What is a PEG tube?
A PEG tube is a tube inserted surgically into the stomach through the abdomen. Please have a read of this information sheet for details on how to care for your PEG tube.
Care of the bolus extension tubing
For MIC-KEY low profile tubes
- Use warm soapy water to rinse after each feed.
- Rinse out with plain water and then using 50ml syringe, flush with firm pressure to ensure all soap is removed.
- Shake dry and then towel dry.
- Place in zip lock bag or plastic sealed container and store in fridge.
- Take out 30mins prior to feeding to soften tube.
If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact Stomal Therapy on 4215 1413.
Last Modified: Tuesday, 26 February 2019