Ostomy Support Group - Jun 2017

Penn Highlands Clearfield Events

June 06, 2017

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location:

Penn Highlands Clearfield
Home Health Building
440 Front Street
Clearfield, PA 16830

What is the support group? What are the meetings like?
The ostomy support group meets once monthly to share experiences, provide support to one another and learn about the most updated products and  ostomy information.  The meetings  are informal  round-table discussions on topics of interest, new product demonstrations, occasional guest speakers and a question and answer session with  the  ET nurse (enterostomal therapy) nurse or WOC  nurse (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse). A WOCN is a nurse certified in  the management of an ostomy. A WOCN is present at every meeting.

Can patients with any type of ostomy attend the meetings?
Any patient with any type of ostomy, whether  it be permanent or temporary is welcome to attend. There are three main types of ostomies: colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. Patients with all  three types of ostomies have attended meetings on a regular basis. Many patients bring family members or friends with them.  Friends and family are always welcome to attend.

Patients who are ostomy “rookies” and have recently had surgery and experienced “ostomates” alike are also welcome.

Why should I attend  a meeting?
Speakers have included medical supply reps, a registered dietician, pharmacists and reps from the major appliance manufacturers to include Hollister, Convatec and Coloplast.  Since the group was started 5 years ago, there have been  many updates to products and advances continue to be made. By attending meetings, you can stay up to date, learn from others who have been through similar experiences and make new friends. 

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