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Pouching Tips

  • Prepare your new pouching system before you remove your used pouch.
  • Empty your pouch when it’s half full of discharge or gas. Do not let the pouch overfill or leak.
  • If you notice that you have a lot of gas in your pouch, you may want to consider a pouch with a built-in filter.
  • The best time for a routine pouch change is in the morning when the stoma is less active and before you have had anything to eat or drink.
  • After you apply your skin barrier, press it gently against your skin for about 30-60 seconds.
  • If you wear a two-piece pouching system, try placing the skin barrier on your body in a diamond shape for a smoother fit.
  • Empty your pouch before bedtime and activities.