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Digitalizing a stoma..

Discussion in 'Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties' started by canuck2006, May 9, 2007.

  1. canuck2006

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    What exactly is Digitalizing a stoma besides the obvious? In what situations do you do this?
     
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  3. tussy

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    it means sticking a finger (preferably wearing a glove) into a stoma.

    Should always do this as part of your exam if you have a patient with a stoma that has a bowel obstruction - to determine if the obstruction is at the level of the stoma (often is). Never force it if it doesn't go easily or if the patient has discomfort. Dont' do on a fresh stoma unless you know what you're doing.
     

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