Stoma Care Products
There are many different stoma care products for you to choose from. Your stoma nurse will probably help you choose one in the beginning. You may like to try some different pouches to see which type you find the most comfortable and most secure.
Below are some of the common pouch types and accessories that you might use.The Bladder & Bowel Home Delivery Servicecan offer you expert, impartial advice on all stoma bags and accessories.Contact usand speak to an advisor today for help.
Open/ drainable bag
These bags are usually used by those with an ileostomy as the output tends to be more of a liquid state. These bags can be emptied from the bottom as and when it’s needed and can be changed every three or four days. Some people who have colostomies may prefer to use a drainable if they have a high output stoma.
These bags have a little tap on the bottom, which can be opened and the urine drained when needed. Again these bags will normally need to be changed every three or four days.
Both the wafer and the pouch are joined together and will need to be completely changed each time. These tend to lay quite flat to the body.
The wafer and the pouch are separate. The baseplate/ wafer attaches around the stoma and the pouch clicks on top of the wafer. This means that you can leave your wafer on and just change your bag. This can be good for avoiding skin irritation. These pouches may be slightly more bulky, however.
A convex wafer is domed to help push out a stoma that is inverted and sits within the folds of the skin. This can help to prevent leaks around the stoma.
Adhesive remover sprays/wipes
Barrier rings and paste
Barrier rings or paste can be used to fill in any gaps, cracks or creases around your stoma and prevent any output from seeping under your bag and creating a leak or irritating your skin. Again, there are many types out there for you to try. You should be able to order these via your ostomy supplier.
Ostomy powders and barrier spray
Fragranced drops and sprays
These are thin sticky patches that come in a variety of shapes and sizes and overlap around the outside of your bag to create a larger wafer area and create extra bag security. These can be useful if you are going swimming or temporarily extend wear time if you’re out and about. You should be able to order these via your ostomy supplier.
This is a hard, protective, plastic casing that can be worn with an ostomy belt. These are particularly useful if you play contact sports or want to protect your stoma during any activity.