Don't Let Your Ostomy

    Slow You Down

In Case of Emergency

 

Accidents can happen, so an “Emergency Kit” can be a real life-saver. Here are some items to include:

  • Extra wafer or ostomy system  

  • Hand gel

  • Collapsible plastic cup 

  • Plastic bag

  • Tissues/toilet paper 

  • Extra underwear

 

NOTE:  Never keep ostomy supplies in the trunk or glove compartment of your car. Extreme heat or cold can damage the skin barriers and adhesive wafers on the pouch.

 

 

 

 

Helpful Tips 

  • The firmness of your stool depends on what you eat and drink.

  • Gas and odor will occur, but you can control them. Refer to the Diet and Nutrition information on previous pages.

  • Empty the pouch frequently, keeping it no more than 1/3 to 1/2 full.

  • Treat a bowel movement like you do any movement—let it happen naturally instead of trying to force it.

  • Put toilet paper in the bowl before emptying your pouch, it minimizes the splashing and sound.

  • Remember that you are always more aware of the issues than everyone else and everyone else has bowel movements as well.

  • Eat a few marshmallows 10-20 minutes before you change your appliance. It will slow down high output enough to change the appliance.

  • Prop yourself up on your elbow before standing, it helps prevent leaks.

  • To prevent a vacuum, separate the two layers of the pouch before applying to allow air into the pouch.

  • Lift and carry things on the sides of your legs.

  • Before traveling abroad, call Intermedic, Inc. at 212-486-8974. They can provide you with English speaking doctors.

  • If using washcloths, buy inexpensive ones—they are easier to wring out when changing the appliance.

  • Use lubricating deodorant to keep stool from sticking to the pouch.

  • Using soft toilet paper or baby wipes can help keep your rectum from getting irritated.

 

 

 

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THIS INFORMATION IS INTENDED FOR GENERAL CONSUMER UNDERSTANDING AND EDUCATION ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE YOU UNDERGO ANY TREATMENT OR FOR ANSWERS TO ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE REGARDING A MEDICAL CONDITION. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS HEALTH INFORMATION IS INTENDED TO BE OR IS TO BE USED FOR MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT.

 

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