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Launch of the Canadian Urinary Diversions Position Statement


NSWOCC is pleased to announce the launch of the Canadian Urinary Diversions Position Statement, in collaboration with the Canadian Urological Association and Urology Nurses of Canada. We would like to thank the NSWOCC Professional Development Core Program Leader Debra Johnston, MN, BScN, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) for her outstanding leadership in bringing this project to completion.


The purpose of this national position statement is to support health care professionals, including surgeons, nurses specialized in wound, ostomy, and continence (NSWOC) and urology nurses with the delivery of standardized clinical best practices for the pre- and postoperative care management of patients undergoing a urinary diversion. Through this position statement, we have the opportunity to reinforce the fundamental principles enabling health care practitioners to educate and counsel patients on the various urinary diversion options.


Position Statement Takeaways

  1. Utilize the Ottawa decision tool to assist your applicable patients in choosing between an ileal conduit and neobladder.

  2. Evaluate patient urostomy self-care skills with the Urostomy Education Scale in Table 4.

  3. Refer to Table 1 for a quick reference guide to the five urinary diversions.

  4. Follow the preoperative site marking steps in Table 2.

  5. Adopt the enhanced recovery checklist for an ileal conduit to standardize patient care and education shown in Appendix B.

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