I am pretty spankin' new to the WOCN world. I am the one and only WOCN for my hospital so I have literally have no one to ask questions to. Anyway, I have a couple ostomy patients coming in for appointments next week and that has prompted some questions that maybe your expertise can help answer.
-What ostomy supplier do you guys typically refer your patients too after they are discharged home? I understand that this won't help me if you refer to local places, but if you use any of the major suppliers (Edgepark, Liberty, etc.), which one do you use?
-Do the patients require a prescription of supplies needed in order to get supplies after discharge?
-What sort of information do you give ostomy patients before their discharged? A sheet of instructions on how to change a pouch, what to do about skin irritation, etc.?
-Any other tips to better assist new and old ostomates? I'm only a tad overwhelmed!