Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers

The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide can help your patients identify and solve common skin problems, and learn when to contact an ostomy nurse.


As a clinician, you understand the negative impact that a peristomal skin complication (PSC) can have on a patient’s quality of life.

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN), with an education grant from Hollister Incorporated, has developed a free, easy-to-use, web-based tool that can help your patients assess their peristomal skin for issues. The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers is for adults and teens with an ostomy, and is available in both English and Spanish. It can help patients identify some common skin problems, things they should do, and when they should contact a wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) nurse for additional support.

Access the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide

Watch the “How to Use the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide” video

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