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Chapter-20 Role of Ostomy Visitor

BOOK TITLE: Stoma Care

Author
1. Balachandar TG
ISBN
9789352704873
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/18070_21
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
3
Author Affiliations
1. Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Chapter keywords
Ostomy, ostomy visitor, OV, ostomy surgery, permission, medical advice, stoma care

Abstract

This chapter aims to cover the roles ostomy visitor (OV). OV is defined as a person who has undergone ostomy surgery and is now leading a normal life. His or her purpose is to visit the patient who is about to go for ostomy or has undergone one to share and rehabilitate. Objectives of ostomy visitor are listed in this chapter. It is necessary for an OV to obtain prior permission from the ostomate or the health authority prior to a visit. An OV should not initiate discussion regarding the ostamate’s diagnosis or give medical treatment advice. The OV is not expected to talk too much about his or her own personal experience, but spend time listening to the ostomate. Before surgery, the visit should be short to give basic answers to Ostomates questions.

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