Big de­mand for spe­cialised nurses in col­orec­tal cancer

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Mar­i­lyn Ten re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCHING: The in­creas­ing trend in col­orec­tal can­cers has led to higher de­mand for nurses spe­cial­is­ing in os­tomy, wound and con­ti­nence care.

State Health Depart­ment deputy di­rec­tor Dr Ka­marudin La­jim said such nurses are needed to care for pa­tients who un­dergo os­tomy surg­eries.

“Wounds are a ma­jor prob­lem in Malaysia and they en­com­pass di­a­betic foot ul­cers, ve­nous and ar­te­rial ul­cers, pres­sure in­jury and more.

“Th­ese pa­tients have de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­eases and the chronic wounds cause them to suf­fer psy­cho­log­i­cally and sub­se­quently, re­duce health-re­lated qual­ity of life,” he said when launch­ing the Malaysian Wound, Os­tomy, Con­ti­nence Care Sem­i­nar 2017 here yes­ter­day.

He said the Sarawak Gen­eral Hospi­tal ( SGH) recorded a to­tal of 1,678 wound cases in 2015 and 1,662 cases last year.

“Hope­fully with trained nurses in os­tomy, wound and con­ti­nence care, we can re­duce the num­ber of cases by 50 per cent,” he said.

He also com­mended SGH and the Malaysian En­teros­tomal Ther­apy Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion ( Metna) for or­gan­is­ing the Malaysian Wound Con­ti­nence Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme ( MYWOCEP), which the sem­i­nar is part of.

Wounds are a ma­jor prob­lem in Malaysia and they en­com­pass di­a­betic foot ul­cers, ve­nous and ar­te­rial ul­cers, pres­sure in­jury and more.

SGH di­rec­tor Dr Chin Zin Hing said the 12-week MYWOCEP will pro­vide spe­cialised clin­i­cal and ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices to the 26 nurses in­volved.

“I am sure with the knowl­edge back­ground and fu­ture ex­pe­ri­ence they will even­tu­ally be­come re­mark­able World Os­tomy Con­ti­nence Nurses ( WOCN) at their own hospi­tals.

“They will serve as as­sets to their sur­geons work­ing to­gether to pro­vide holis­tic car e for pa­tients hav­ing any is­sues in this field,” he said.

He added that as WOCN, the trained nurses will also have the op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise world­wide as MYWOCEP is recog­nised by the World Coun­cil En­teros­tomal Ther­a­pist (WCET).

Dr Ka­marudin La­jim, State Health Depart­ment deputy di­rec­tor

(From sec­ond left) Dr Chin and Dr Ka­marudin are seen in a group photo with guests dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony.

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