Ostomy Glossary: Colostomy, Ileostomy, Urostomy Information (E)

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Ostomy Glossary

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Body waste of urine or stool. The ostomy bag holds the urine in the case of a urostomy and the stool when there is an ileostomy or colostomy.


An ionized salt key to optimal functioning of cells and organs. They are present throughout our body and may be tested from a blood sample. Electrolytes include sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate. Ostomy patients must be very conscious about electrolytes

End Ostomy

An ostomy in which the proximal end of the colon (the part connected to the G.I. tract) is used to create the stoma and the distal colon is either resected all the way to the rectum or sealed. An end ostomy is a type of colostomy.

Enterostomal Therapy

The treatment of patients with surgically constructed connections between the intestine or the urinary tract and the skin.

Enterostomal Therapy Nurse(ETN)

A Registered Nurse who has specialized through further clinical education and training in the management of ostomies, wound and incontinence. Sometimes called an Ostomy Nurse.

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