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:
- 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.
- 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.