The care of the ostomized child in the household: a case study


Aims: To identify when nurses start guiding the caregiver/family of the ostomized child towards hospital discharge; to discuss the participation of the family in the care of the child with stoma, from admission to discharge, from the nurse’s perspective. Methods: This is a descriptive study, in which we use a qualitative approach, performed with 31 nurses of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Data were collected through interviews with the aid of a semi-structured script and analyzed using the content thematic analysis technique. Previous results: Nurses propose hospital discharge as soon as they are aware of the construction of the stoma, something that the family has difficulty handling. Discussion: The orientation is an instrument that minimizes the difficulties presented by the caregiver. Conclusion: The systematic involvement of not only the nurse, but also of the multidisciplinary team, is essential in terms of hospital discharge guidance for the caregiver of the ostomized child.
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