Helping your patients

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.

Assess your stoma patient's peristomal skin

What is the Ostomy Skin Tool?

The 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. Use the Ostomy Skin Tool below, or read more about the Ostomy Skin Tool.

Ostomy Skin Tool

Aimed at ostomy care nurses

The Ostomy Skin Tool (above) 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, standardised tool for assessing peristomal skin conditions over time, it is vital to understand how the Ostomy Skin Tool works and to prove the reproducibility.

Use the Ostomy Skin Tool above.

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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Stoma assessment guidance

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

Download the tool here

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Guidance for your patients

Regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

 

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