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Ostomy Care Tidbits


Changes your ostomy pouch on a routine basis, before it leaks. You will get more comfortable with this after your learn what works best for you.

Twice a week changes are considered usual. Seven days is generally recommended as the maximum length of time you should wear a single barrier.

Empty your pouch when 1/3 to ½ full of discharge orgas. Do not let the pouch overfill.

If you wear a two-piece pouching system, try placing the skin barrier on your body in diamond shape for a smoother fit. For most people, water is sufficient for cleaning the skin. Remember to wash hands after changing or emptying your pouch.