The British Association of Stoma Care Nurses (ASCN) has recently settled evidence based clinical guidelines for parastomal hernia prevention and management (The British Journal of Nursing, December 2017)
The background for issuing these guidelines is the loss of extensive expertise and specialist knowledge about stoma care and hernia prevention and management due to continuous changes in age demographics resulting in an increased number of experienced and competent stoma care nurses retiring.
In order to secure expertise and knowledge at a high level and to further improve patient experience and patient outcome, a systematic approach to stoma and hernia prevention and management is needed. This is ensured with the guidelines.
In this newsletter, we present abstracts of these guidelines and compare them to our recommendations for use of hernia support garments.