Always carry your medical supplies with you. Do not check them with your luggage in case they becomes lost, delayed, or damaged.
Take twice the normal amount of equipment than you usually need so that you are prepared for an emergency.
Carry a list of retailers and United Ostomy Association (UOA) chapters in your travel case. They are a good resource if help is needed while traveling.
Ask the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) for a list of local ET nurses if you think you might need one when traveling.
What Do I Need to Know About Ordering Ostomy Equipment?
Allow enough time for delivery when ordering ostomy supplies.
Re-measure your stoma before ordering pre-cut pouches during the first 6 months.
Always keep an extra two-week supply of pouch equipment. There is no good substitution for the products if you should run out.
Keep a list of your equipment along with the order numbers, manufacturers, and sources of supply. Give a duplicate of this list to a family member and/or friend in case their help is needed in an emergency.
Check several retailers for the best equipment prices. Some suppliers will assist you with Medicare and insurance forms.
Consider how long you wear your pouch when calculating the cost of your equipment.
What are Some Other Helpful Ostomy Tips?
When returning to your clinic or hospital, always bring two changes of ostomy supplies with you.
Carry identification (in the form of a bracelet, necklace, or wallet card) specifying your particular ostomy.
Do not use products that are not specifically made for ostomy use.
When Should I Call the ET Nurse?
If you have persistent leakage problems.
If you have skin irritation in the area of your pouch.
If you have difficulty locating retail sources for your supplies.
If you need help locating the nearest United Ostomy Association (UOA) support group.
If you are a woman thinking about becoming pregnant; don't be afraid to ask questions.
If you are having difficulty resuming an interpersonal relationship.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your colostomy.