The Spectrum Health ostomy clinic is an independent clinic where specially trained wound, ostomy, continence (WOC) nurses help patients with ostomy management and skin issues. The clinic provides a place for patients, who may otherwise be sent to an emergency room, to receive specialized care for stoma and peristomal complications and product concerns. Clinical services include:
Feeding tube skin care concerns
Nationally certified WOC nurses with more than 50 combined years of experience
Ongoing support to introduce new products for changing needs
Patient scheduling and billing
Physician involvement in patient care
Preoperative patient education in ostomy care
Special care related to skin issues
What's an Ostomy? An ostomy is a surgical procedure that connects an area inside your body to the outside. Most often, an ostomy involves part of your bowel or bladder. This connection creates an opening in your skin called a stoma. An ostomy allows stool or urine to bypass an injured or diseased part of your digestive system.
Up to 1 million people in the United States and Canada have an ostomy.
Around 113,000 ostomies are performed each year in the United States.
An ostomy may be permanent or temporary.
Benefits of a Specialty Clinic The area of health care that provides ostomy care and other related treatments is called wound, ostomy and continence care. It is important to have someone who specializes in ostomy treatment care for you and your ostomy, and teach you what you need to know.
Our specially trained WOC nurses have in-depth knowledge of ostomy care and experience helping patients effectively manage ostomies and return to normal life. Here are some reasons to work with health care professionals who specialize in ostomy:
Optimal care and management for WOC patients can lead to better medical outcomes, faster recovery and a return to normal activities.
A WOC program can result in shorter hospital stays and fewer emergency room visits.
Convenient care from skilled nurses can improve your comfort and reduce complication.
Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, a medical journal, has reported that when a WOC nurse is involved with the care of an ostomy patient, the patient, family and medical team all benefit.
Ostomy Clinic Contact Information Phone number: 616.391.8635 Toll free number: 800.728.0832 Click for more information on location and directions.