Abdominal wound with enterocutaneous fistula: a case study.
Beitz JM. Caldwell D.
School of Nursing, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA.
The care of an elderly male surgical patient with an enterocutaneous fistula located in an abdominal wound is described. The fistula is believed to have been related to multiple surgeries, wound dehiscence, and malnutrition. This article presents a brief overview of enterocutaneous fistulas and a pictorial demonstration of an alternative wound management technique that was used intermittently over several months to contain corrosive intestinal effluent until a commercial wound manager could be instituted.