1.8.23 Stomal Complications – Maryanne Obst

A native of Minnesota, Mary Anne graduated as a nurse
in 1987. She has extensive experience in ICU nursing
and also spent many years as a flight nurse.
Mary Anne’s experience at Regions Hospital includes
staff nurse on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Trauma
Nurse Clinician, Neurosurgical Nurse Clinician, and
FCCS(Fundamentals of Critical Care Support)
coordinator. Mary Anne helped establish clinical
research efforts for the Department of Surgery and has
coordinated multiple research studies.
Mary Anne and her team have established the Complex
Abdominal Reconstruction Service (CARS) at Regions
Hospital. The CARS team has developed novel and
structured approaches for managing complex
abdominal wounds and enteric fistulae. The CARS team
focuses on the best possible patient outcomes and a
good quality of life on the “journey to surgical repair”.
The CARS team currently services over two hundred
patients with all aspects of patient care; nutrition,
conditioning, surgery and wound care.
Mary Anne speaks nationally and internationally about
the challenges of fistula care and complex wounds. She
is the creator of Fistula Solution products and holds
three patents. She has published articles in Journal of
American College of Surgeons, Wounds, Surgical
Technology International, Clinical Nutrition, Current
Dialogues in Wound Management and The Clinics of
North America: Emergency Nursing.

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