Female LUTS Guidelines Panel - A nurse's perspective
In this episode, Dr. Hanny Cobussen-Boekhorst, a nurse practitioner (NP) and a member of the EAU guidelines panel for Female Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS), discusses her motivation and contribution to the guidelines panel.
Multidisciplinary collaboration is the future, and as a nurse, Dr. Cobussen-Boekhorst talks about the benefits of having a nurse-specialist involved in female LUTS management. Nurses have experience and expertise in providing a patient-centred approach, with a focus on quality of life and education. This is essential when investigating the best treatment options, teaching-guidance from start-to-end of treatment (such as intermittent catheterisation or stoma care), and follow-up.
Dr. Cobussen-Boekhorst shares her experience as part of a multidisciplinary consultation for patients referred for urostomy, where a team of urologists, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals discuss the options and the patient's understanding of the procedure.
Lastly, the importance of the EAUN guidelines for urostomy patients are discussed. These guidelines offer the latest medical insights, e.g., Bricker urostomy vs continent urostomy, with or without a bladder augmentation, stoma material, catheters.
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