Mary Anne Obst, Complex Abdomen Specialist at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, will present “Surviving an Enteric Fistula: The Reality for the Patient and Care Providers” at SAWC Spring 2019. The presentation is Session 22 on May 9th at 9:15 AM.
Mary Anne will discuss the life changing physical and emotional trauma that some patients experience when a fistula develops. The leakage, odor and skin destruction, and depression can lead to physical and emotional pain that is unbearable. Caregivers suffer as well in terms of frustration with management problems and inability to “make it better” for the patient with the condition. This session will demonstrate pouching techniques using negative pressure wound therapy to contain the drainage, skin management to reduce the discomfort, and pouching tips for keeping the patient clean, dry, and comfortable during this trying time.
Visit the SAWC Spring 2019 website to see the full conference agenda.