The client has just had surgery that resulted in a transverse colostomy. What is an appropriate nursing intervention?


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- Give an NG or intestinal decompression until peristalsis returns.

- Feed the client a high fiber diet.

- Talk about body image difficulties.

- Refer to physical therapy for conditioning.


After surgery for a colostomy, an NG or other form of intestinal compression must be done until peristalsis returns, after which a low residue diet is recommended. Body image difficulties and physical therapy take less priority.

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