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Care of patients with complications following formation of a stoma

Penelope Taylor, RN, SCM, Dip Aromatherapy, Cert Counselling. Clinical Nurse Specialist, Stoma Care, Birmingham Specialist Community Health NHS Trust, Selly Oak, Birmingham This paper explores some of the complications that may occur following formation of a stoma. All of the complications described can have a deep impact on a person with an ostomy, affecting physical, psychological and social well-being. The most common stomal complications are listed in Box 1.

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