Ostomy surgery is life altering/body altering but is also life saving. Finding a healthcare professional with specific training in ostomy care is crucial for successful patient outcomes. Resources are also available for healthcare professionals who have not had specialized training in ostomy care or who are in need of more information.
In order to achieve a desirable quality of life, a person undergoing ostomy or continent diversion surgery must have support and access to high-quality care in all healthcare settings throughout the continuum of their care. Ideally counseling and care should be provided by a trained medical professional such as a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN), Ostomy Nurse, Ostomy Care Associate (OCA), or Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS).
Below are Certified Ostomy Nurse Locators:
Find in your local area a Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN), certified ostomy nurse, or Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) through the certification programs at the WOCN Society. View the WOCN Society Patient Ostomy Infographic.
Find in your local area an Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS) through the certification program at the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy.
(Note: After selecting a state in this form, type OMS in the Search box.)
Living in rural areas far away from outpatient ostomy clinics and certified ostomy nurses or being homebound shouldn’t prevent ostomy patients from receiving care. Telehealth ostomy services help patients receive remote care and are now being offered across the country.
In addition, many manufacturers and suppliers also offer personalized ostomy assistance services for both patients and healthcare professionals that can include ostomy nurse clinical support, product support assistance, educational tools and more.
Here are a few:
Please note: UOAA does not endorse particular products, manufacturers, or suppliers, and is not responsible for any content expressed in their websites.
United Ostomy Associations of America
P.O. Box 525
Kennebunk, ME 04043-0525
Call us toll-free at: 1-800-826-0826.
Our Information Line hours are Monday-Friday, 9AM to 3PM (Wednesday until 2PM) EST. If you have an emergency, please dial 911 or contact your local medical professional.
UOAA does not provide Medical, Mental Health, Insurance or Legal Advice.
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