Literature:  A Patient's Guide to Managing a Short Bowel

Request a complimentary copy of A Patient's Guide to Managing a Short Bowel by Carol Rees Parrish, MS, RD.

Enteric fistula patients frequently suffer from chronic malabsorption  due to Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS).  Carol's book is the seminal guide for managing SBS so that fistula patients get proper nutritional support.

Techniques:  Stop Pouch Attachment Leakage

Leaks can happen at the interface of a pouch appliance and Fistula Solution device.  The goal is to direct all effluent into the pouch appliance with no leaks.  These technique tips will help assure success.

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Techniques:  Isolate the Anus with the Fistula Funnel to Protect Perineal Burns and Wounds without a Diverting Ostomy

This downloadable diagram illustrates a new technique to allow clinicians to manage burns and wounds to the perineum and avoid surgical diversion of the fecal stream with an ileostomy or colostomy. Using the Fistula Funnel with a fecal management system for anal isolation mitigates fecal contamination and may improve outcomes for burns, wounds, and split thickness skin grafts.

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Techniques:  Stabilize PEG Tubes and Wound Drains with the Fistula Funnel to Reduce Insertion Site Leakage

Gastric fluid leakage or wound drainage around around medical tubes can cause skin irritation, infection, reduced healing times, and general patient discomfort. The Fistula Funnel can be used to stabilize tubes to reduce tube pressure on the insertion site and the resulting leakage.

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Webinar:  Passing the Pinch Test - Are you ready?  Comprehensive Management of Digestive Tract Fistulas

Click here to view this free recorded webinar to increase your knowledge of enteric fistulas and their management.  Presented by Mary Anne Obst, RN, CWON, CCRN, this informative program will give you practical insights into assessing the patient with an enteric fistula and the medical, surgical, and wound care strategies that can help optimize patient outcomes.

Webinar:  Entero-atmospheric Fistulas: Prevention and Management

Click here to view this free recorded webinar by Demetrios Demetriades, M.D., Ph.D., FACS.

Webinar: Innovative Resolutions to a Complex Abdomen

Click here to view this free recorded webinar by Kersten Elizabeth Reider, BSN, RN, CWOCN.

Literature:  Atlas of Critical Care Procedures

Find excellent guidance on the Local Management of Enteroatmospheric Fistulae in Chapter 34 of the Atlas of Critical Care Procedures, Editors: Demetrios Demetriades, Kenji Inaba, and Philip D. Lumb.

This atlas is a standard reference for surgeons, critical care physicians, nurses and all critical care professionals who manage enteric fistulas and complex wounds.

Literature:  Collapsible Enteroatmospheric Fistula Isolation Device: A Novel, Simple Solution to a Complex Problem

Literature: Novel technique for stomal isolation after extensive abdominal wall soft tissue loss

Literature: Fistula Isolation and the Use of Negative Pressure to Promote Wound Healing

Read the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing article: Fistula Isolation and the Use of Negative Pressure to Promote Wound Healing

Literature:  Enteric Fistulas: Principles of Management

Read the Journal of the American College of Surgeons article: Enteric Fistulas: Principles of Management

Literature:  Management of Enterocutaneous Fistulas

Read the Surgical Clinics article:  Management of Enterocutaneous Fistulas

Literature: Management of enteroatmospheric fistula with negative pressure wound therapy in open abdomen treatment: a multicentre observational study

Literature: The Art of Fistuloclysis: Nutritional Management of Enterocutaneous Fistulas

Tools:  CeDAR App

Download the free CeDAR app to facilitate conversations with patients about their fistula repair surgery risk profile.  Users simply answer eight questions about themselves, including height and weight. A percentage chance of developing specific postoperative complications requiring treatment is calculated, along with the corresponding cost of this treatment. These results can then be used to discuss a patient’s risk for wound problems after surgery and what changes they can make to improve the odds for a good result.

Tools:  Fistula Dressing Change Checklist

This downloadable Pre-Dressing Application/Change Checklist can be a helpful reference when creating your protocol.

Tools:  Short-Bowel Syndrome Medication Protocol Example for Antimotility Medications

This downloadable Short-Bowel Syndrome medication protocol example for anti-motility medications can be a helpful reference when creating your protocol.

Tools:  thumbroll App

Download the free thumbroll app and go to the Enteroatmospheric Fistula Wound Management module in the General Surgery section for detailed photographic instructions for using the Wound Crown.

thumbroll is like a visual checklist. Content is broken down to the component steps, allowing you to just see what is necessary to learn the material.  Roll through content at your pace and see each step of the process.