Challenging Adjustments with your ostomy

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Challenging Adjustments with your ostomy, Ostomy surgery is difficult to contemplate, but it improves the lives of many people, and in fact, saves lives as well. An ostomy requires special care. Here are the steps necessary to change an ostomy bag.

1. Wash your hands!
2. Set out your equipment within easy reach. You will need: adhesiver remover, skin protector, wafer, pencil, measuring guide, stomahesive paste, plastic bags, washcloth, clean towel, new pouch, scissors.
3. Empty your pouch as normal.
4. Wipe the tape surrounding the old wafer with the adhesive remover. Hold skin with one hand, and gently pull wafer off with the other. Use adhesive remover as needed.
5. Put old pouch, wafer and other waste (not the clip!) into a plastic bag for disposal. Sealable sandwich bags work great.
6. Clean the skin and stoma with a washcloth and warm water. This is best done in the shower, but don’t use scented soaps, as they will leave a film. Any waste coming out of the stoma can wash down the drain.
7. Pat skin dry, and measure stoma with measuring guide. Leave only 1/8″ to 1/16″ between the measuring guide and the stoma.
8. Trace the correct size onto the back of the wafer with the starter hole in the middle. Cut out the hole.
9. Apply skin protector to the peristomal skin where the wafer will be.
10. Peel the paper from the wafer and apply stomahesive paste around the cut circle in the wafer. Smooth it out with a wet finger (the water will help to keep it from sticking to your finger).
11. Remove paper backing from tape and apply the entire appliance over the stoma. Make sure the stoma is in the center of the hole. Press firmly and smooth wrinkles.
12. Snap the new pouch onto the wafer, and give it a small tug to be sure it’s in place.
13. Press gently on the wafer for a minute to help it get a good seal.
14. Close the bottom of the bag with the clip, and you’re off!

If you have any questions post below and I’ll do my best to answer them! :)

16 Responses to "Challenging Adjustments with your ostomy"

  1. tcorourke2007   January 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    You are awesome.?

  2. fife007   January 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    best Magic School Bus episode ever! I remember watching it when I was a

  3. Idel Fernandez   January 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    you are so nice, strong and brave that I LOVE YOU?

  4. lpsmarieahilton   January 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Tosh.0 reviewed this video lol. ?

  5. hereiam   January 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Im not trying to be mean but do ppl with this have it forlife does it smell
    im just really courious?

  6. Hayley Jeffs   January 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I have a good friend who has an ostomy and I wanted
    to understand better what it involves so that I could be a helpful support
    if ever needed.?

  7. kwles   January 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing tips and techniques that you use when changing your
    ostomy bag. Just as someone mentioned, you have a positive outlook which is
    inspiring to many of us ostomates.?

  8. hibob588   January 4, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I love your boobs, I wanna eat them.?

  9. CMG829   January 4, 2014 at 6:17 pm


  10. Kayla Love   January 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    im sary you go thrue this?

  11. einel elazegui   January 4, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    you’re lovely and i like your sweet voice :) good on you ?

  12. lara dhutta   January 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Do you know when you are gonna get rid if that? Btw! You are very
    inspiring. I had a urinary catheter for a couple months but its removed
    now. Thank god.d?

  13. Cashed Gordon   January 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    God bless you. I had one of these for 2 years.?

  14. MissBumblebee222   January 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    You are just great and very inspiring! Thank you!?

  15. Piper Bulley   January 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    what is comeing out of her stomache?

  16. crow   July 7, 2015 at 10:09 am

    This is one awesome blog post.Really thank you! Want more.


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