education with images. 16 Data from more
than 400 ostomy patients from Trial 2
identified the skills kit as their best prep
resource, presenting fewer complications,
using 50 percent fewer resources (visits,
calls, and home care nursing), and leading
to a 50 percent lower admission rate within
the first three weeks following discharge. 17
Early surgeon users of the EFT skills
kits have offered positive feedback.
“This is fantastic material and an excellent patient education curriculum; this is
from a person who leads the patient education center. I wholeheartedly support
this effort and hope to direct patients to
this resource,” said Brian B. Burkey, MD,
MEd, FACS, vice-chairman and section
head of the Section of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Head
and Neck Institute, OH.
To learn more about the ACS Patient
Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit, listen to the
March installment of The Recovery Room,
an ACS-sponsored podcast with experts
in surgery, medicine, ethics, and public
health about the latest developments in
medicine and health care, hosted by Frederick “Rick” L. Greene, MD, FACS. The
podcast will be available on the ACS website at facs.org. For more information, visit
the ACS Surgical Patient Education Program website at facs.org/patienteducation/ or
e-mail Nancy Strand, MPH, RN, Manager,
Surgical Patient Education, ACS Division of
Education, at email@example.com. ♦
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