Enterostomal Therapy Services (ET)

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Enterostomal Therapy originated in the United States in the 1950s. Dr. R. B. Turnbull Jr. trained the first Enterostomal Therapist in 1961 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Turnbull, a colorectal surgeon was concerned with the lack of teaching and support for ostomy patients after surgery. Together with Norma Gill, one of his patients, he attempted to change this. Norma Gill was trained by Dr. Turnbull and made rounds with him in the hospital as the first Enterostomal Therapist.

Enterostomal Therapy was introduced into Canada in the l960’s. As technologies have changed, the role of the E.T. has expanded to include wound care, skincare and continence related issues. The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) was incorporated in 1982 and represents nurses who are specialized in knowledge to care for individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence related health issues.

In 2018 The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy has been re-named, identifying now as Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC).

Services Provided by the Enterostomal Therapist:

  • Pre-operative assessment/teaching and stoma site marking for ostomy clients
  • Post-operative education of patient and family related to stoma management, resources available and funding
  • Troubleshooting and treatment recommendations for stoma and peristomal skin problems
  • Assessment and treatment recommendations for wounds, pressure injuries, fistulas and moisture associated incontinent dermatitis
  • Research and evaluation of ostomy wound and incontinence products
  • Interdisciplinary focus involving clinical nutritionists, physiotherapists, physicians and nurses to provide a thorough assessment concerning all factors related to wound healing, tissue integrity and ostomy care
  • The Enterostomal Therapist Nurse is available for inpatient consults Mon – Fri from 7 am – 3 pm, excluding holidays
  • Consults can be nurse or physician-directed





You can call stores at extension 52217.



Eleanor Bardgett RN BScN MClScWH WOCC(C)

Nurse Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence
Clinical Practice Manager Surgical Team
Metropolitan Campus
(519)254-5577 Ext. 52423

Jessica Whittal RN BScN WOCC(C)
Nurse Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence
Ouellette Campus
(519)254-5577 Ext. 33254