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How can you empty your pouch and clean your stoma?

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You'll change it a few times a day. Try to do that when the pouch is only a third full to prevent leaks, which can irritate your skin. To remove the pouch, carefully push down on your skin to separate it from the sticky part of the pouch. Empty its contents into the toilet before you throw it away, or wash it out to use again. Gently clean the skin around your stoma with a wet washcloth or paper towel. Pat the area dry. Then put the pouch back on.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colostomy: A Guide."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colostomy."

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy Expanded Version."

Better Health Channel: "Stoma After Ileostomy or Colostomy."

Colostomy Association: “About to Have a Colostomy?"

Sutter Health CPMC: "Caring for Your Ostomy Following Bowel Surgery."

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.: "Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colostomy: A Guide."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colostomy."

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy Expanded Version."

Better Health Channel: "Stoma After Ileostomy or Colostomy."

Colostomy Association: “About to Have a Colostomy?"

Sutter Health CPMC: "Caring for Your Ostomy Following Bowel Surgery."

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.: "Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 16, 2018

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