list of accessories needed changing or emptying ostomy pouch

Be prepared

A short checklist of what you should have within short reach before changing or emptying your pouch.

Preparation is key when establishing routines in order to change and empty your pouch. Make sure that the following items are always close by, no matter where you go:

wet wipes used for cleaning skin around stoma
  • Warm water and a soft cloth
    For cleaning the skin around your stoma, we recommend warm water and a soft cloth.

  • Cleanser wipes
    An ostomy cleanser wipe may also be used for convenience to clean the area around your stoma.

  • Disposable bag
    In order to safely dispose of the used ostomy pouch.

  • New ostomy pouch
    Make sure to bring several with you, just in case something happens to the first one.

  • Curved scissors
    Use curved scissors if you cut your barrier to fit, not necessary if you have barriers that are pre-cut.

Curved scissors for cutting ostomy barriers
  • Ostomy guide
    In order to cut an opening that fits the stoma, trace the size and shape of your stoma on the ostomy guide before you cut.

  • Other accessories
    These may include elastic barrier strips, paste, skin barrier and wipes, etc.
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