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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Membership Benefits
ACS
For Patients

Adult Colostomy/Ileostomy

You are an important member of the surgical team. We want to help prepare you and your family for full participation and the best recovery. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Ostomy Home Skills Program was developed by members of your surgical team. This program will walk you through understanding your colostomy or ileostomy, skills to manage your ostomy at home, problem solving and other home management tips, as well as other resources.

Ostomy Skills Education: Welcome
Ostomy Skills Education: Welcome
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Your Colostomy or Ileostomy
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Your Colostomy or Ileostomy
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Your Operation
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Your Operation
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Pouching Systems
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Pouching Systems
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Emptying a Pouch
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Emptying a Pouch
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Changing a Pouch
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Changing a Pouch
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Problem Solving
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Problem Solving
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Life with an Ostomy
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Life with an Ostomy
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Knowledge Check
Colostomy/Ileostomy: Knowledge Check
About Your Colostomy/Ileostomy
ACS Patient Tools

Ostomy Home Skills Kit

  • A booklet with information on the operation, home skills such as emptying and changing a pouch, problem solving, and home management.
  • A DVD with demonstration of each skill
  • Stoma Practice Model
  • Stoma supplies (measurement guide, marking pen, scissors, sample pouch)
  • Ostomy self-care checklist
  • Evaluation

 Order a kit

Other patient tools:

Preparing for Your Operation

Skills Checklist

Discharge Sheet

Patient Evaluation

Online Course—Enroll in our interactive online course to receive a certificate of completion

Colectomy Brochure

Colonoscopy Brochure

Colonoscopy Prep Form Golytely®, Colyte®, Nulytely®, Trilyte®

Colonoscopy Prep Form MoviPrep®

Colonoscopy Prep Form Prepopik®

Colonoscopy Prep Form MiraLAX®

Colonoscopy Prep Form Suprep®

Colonoscopy Prep Form HalfLytely

Colonoscopy Prep Form Visicol®, Osmoprep®

Additional Resources
Professional Resources
Order Ostomy Education Products