Specialist stoma nurses Sandra Bryan and Suzie Dukes have won a British Journal of Nursing award for their role in improving services for people who need major bowel surgery.
Stoma nurses play a key role in the ‘enhanced recovery programme’ for bowel cancer patients, where new surgical techniques and more intensive pre and postoperative care and rehabilitation ensures that patients are able to return to their full normal fitness quicker after surgery.
In awarding Sandra and Suzie 1st prize in the Stoma Care category, the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) assessed the quality of their patient information and the way in which they involved both patients and carers in their own care and treatment. The BJN also looked at the innovative methods they used to engage patients in their clinical condition and the way they had worked with multidisciplinary teams to provide good quality all-round care. This enabled patients to return home sooner and resulted in a reduction in the time it took them to become independent with their stoma care.
Sandra and Suzie also received 2nd prize in the Nutrition Nursing Care category
Sandra Bryan said: "We are delighted to have won the award which not only recognises the work that we have been doing to improve the care we give to our patients, but also highlights the important role stoma care has in the overall care of bowel cancer patients."
Notes to editors:
1.A stoma is a diversion of the bowel or bladder onto the abdominal wall (tummy), patients then need to wear a stoma pouch to aid continence. There are three different types of stoma – colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. Many factors determine which stoma a patient will require.
2. Stoma care clinical nurse specialists provide ongoing support, education, counselling and rehabilitation to patients before and after surgery for those who require a temporary or permanent stoma.
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