Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Practice Recommendations – Pre Operative Phase
  1. Pre-operative education should be provided to all clients and families requiring ostomy surgery.
  2. Stoma site marking should be performed on all clients undergoing ostomy surgery.
  3. Explore the potential impact of ostomy surgery on intimacy and sexual functioning with the client/partner.
  4. Progressive Muscle Relaxation Therapy (PMRT) should be offered to clients undergoing ostomy surgery as part of routine care.