The nurse and the ostomized child in the household: a case study


Aim: To describe how nurses are working in their daily practices with caregivers/families of children with stomata with respect to self-care and procedures for hospital discharge; to identify when nurses begin the guidance for hospital discharge to the caregiver/family of the child with a stoma; to discuss how the family involvement is constituted in the care of children with stoma from admission until discharge, from the perspective of the nurse. Methods: This is a descriptive case study in which we used a qualitative approach. The study was conducted with 31 nurses of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of a University Hospital in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Results: nurses guide families regarding the hospital discharge of stomized children (58%) and start with the guidance as soon as they have an indication of the development of the stoma (58%). Discussion: The orientation minimizes the difficulties presented by the caregiver.
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