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Jennie Burch

Head of Gastrointestinal Nurse Education, St Mark's Hospital

The role of the clinical nurse specialist in stoma care: a scoping review

Defining the stoma care CNS role is difficult because of the number and variety of activities that are undertaken and the rapid way in which nursing roles evolve..

The nutritional needs of people living with a stoma

A urostomy is formed with a piece of small bowel so, in the initial postoperative period, there can be disruption to bowel function. This is not usually a long-term issue but fluid intake can be. It...

Convexity in stoma care: developing a new ASCN UK guideline on the appropriate use of convex products

The correct choice of pouch is essential and should be based on the type of stoma (colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy) created. A stoma appliance, also known as a bag or pouch, is generally made up of a...

Stoma care services during the COVID-19 pandemic

The effect of COVID-19 on healthcare provision has been unprecedented. Elective surgery was cancelled in many hospitals due to lack of staff and beds (Fowler et al, 2020). Earlier this year even...

Bowel dysfunction after surgery

The function of the gastrointestinal tract is to ingest and digest food and fluids, absorb nutrients and eliminate any waste products (Tortora and Derrickson, 2014). Ingestion generally occurs via the...

Review of normal gastrointestinal tract, ulcerative colitis, proctitis and rectal medication adherence

Many parts of the GI tract can be problematic in disease. An ulcerated mouth can make ingestion painful and this may result in anorexia or weight loss. A diseased small bowel might result in a reduced...

The consequences of COVID-19 for gastroenterology nursing

The virus is predominantly related to lung disease, but there are ramifications for people working in the field of gastroenterology nursing..

Helping patients live well with a stoma for inflammatory bowel disease: directions for future research

Early assessment of need and access to appropriate interventions following stoma surgery may facilitate a smoother transition with less disruption across many areas of patients' lives, thereby...

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