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Br J Nurs. 2015 Mar 11-25;24(5):S12-5. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2015.24.Sup5.S12.

Medication absorption for patients with an ileostomy.

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Clinical Nurse Specialist Stoma Care, Sligo Regional Hospital, Sligo, Ireland.


The Association of Stoma Care Nurses UK (2013) has stressed that it is the role of the stoma care nurse to provide education to patients, carers, prescribers and other nurses. This includes the area of medication management. Ensuring patients with an ileostomy receive their medication in a form they can absorb is of importance to every stoma care nurse. Prescribing for patients with a stoma calls for special care. Each patient with an ileostomy requires assessment of their medication regimen for the purpose of identifying potential medical absorption issues. However, from an extensive literature search, it is evident that there is very little literature published on this subject. This article looks at the considerations to take into account when prescribing medication for ileostomy patients, and examines the results of a clinical audit on medication prescribers' knowledge of the impact of ileostomy formation on the absorption of medication.


Clinical audit; Ileostomy; Nurses; Questionnaires

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