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:
Eleanor Bardgett RN BScN MClScWH WOCC(C)
1995 Lens Avenue, Windsor, ON N8W 1L9
1030 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 1E1