Stoma creation: Does onset of ostomy care education delay hospital length of stay?

Laila Rashidi, Kevin Long, Melinda Hawkins, Raman Menon, Oliver Bellevue

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Background Balancing patient safety with hospital length of stay (LOS) and associated cost is critically important. Subjectively, we have observed that patients undergoing ostomy creation early in the week have a shorter LOS. Methods We retrospectively reviewed LOS based on day of the week the operation was performed. Results We reviewed 180 patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery with planned ostomy. Group 1 underwent surgery on Monday to Wednesday (n = 77), Group 2 on Thursday (n = 49), and Group 3 on Friday (n = 54). The average LOS for Group 1, 2, and 3 was 6.2, 4.9, and 7.2 days, respectively. The average number of visits with ostomy nursing for Group 1, 2, and 3 was 2.7, 1.8, and 2.3, respectively. Day of initial ostomy nursing visit was significantly correlated between the delay to initial visit and LOS with Group 3 delayed most. Conclusions Patients with the longest delay to initial nurse visit had the longest LOS, with Friday operations being most delayed. A contributing factor may be absence of ostomy teaching over the weekend.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)954-957
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Colostomy
  • Ileostomy
  • Length of stay
  • Ostomy
  • Ostomy teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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