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Thank you to everyone who entered in my Blogiversary giveaway. I received some great questions, which I’ll answer in a future post (or video), but today I will be answering the question sent in by the winner.

Congratulations Ellen S! Your book is on the way. Hope you enjoy the read!

Ellen asked a question about the Osto EZ-Vent, which is a nice product designed to vent gas from ostomy pouches. Her question was:

“Is there any way to use the KEM Osto EZ-Vents on a two layered pouch ? The pouch I have in mind is the Hollister 18112. This pouch has the cloth outer layer on both sides and does not have a vent”

I’ve already sent Ellen my short answer, but here is a more detailed answer with instructions:

The Osto EZ-Vent can be applied to just about any pouch, not only pouches without the opaque fabric covering. I’ve used these vents on my Coloplast Assura and Sensura pouches with great success, and here are some steps which you can apply to similar pouches, including the Hollister pouch:

Osto EZ vent and Coloplast Sensura opaque pouch
Osto EZ vent and Coloplast Sensura opaque pouch

1. Take an EZ-Vent and trace the spot on your pouch that you’d like to apply it to. I prefer using a pen to trace as a marker (like the one you might use to trace your hole to cut in a wafer) tends to stain stuff when you get to part three.

Osto EZ Vent step 1
Step 1. Place the EZ-Vent over your pouch. In this photo it’s slightly to the side, as this pouch has a filter and you don’t want to place the vent over the filter.
Step 1 cont.  Trace the EZ-Vent on your fabric pouch.
Step 1 cont. Trace the EZ-Vent on your fabric pouch.
Step 1 cont. This is what it should look like.
Step 1 cont. This is what it should look like.

2. After your vent has been traced, CAREFULLY cut a hole in the fabric. If you have safety scissors it will reduce the chance of cutting through your wafer.

Step 2. Cut out the traced circle. Use safety scissors if possible.
Step 2. Cut out the traced circle. Use safety scissors if possible.

3. Now you can cleaned the exposed plastic part of your pouch with rubbing alcohol as per the instructions on the Osto EZ-vent package. I typically use cotton pads, like the type used to remove makeup, and some 91% or stronger rubbing alcohol.

Step 3. Clean with rubbing alcohol that is at least 91% alcohol.
Step 3. Clean with rubbing alcohol that is at least 91% alcohol.

4. After you’ve waited about 30 seconds for the rubbing alcohol to dry, apply the EZ-vent.

Step 4. After the alcohol has evaporated, place install the EZ-Vent.
Step 4. After the alcohol has evaporated, place install the EZ-Vent.

5. I generally poke a hole through the vent opening at this point.

Step 5. Poke a hole through the pouch where the vent is.
Step 5. Poke a hole through the pouch where the vent is.

You’re done! I find that the vent can be installed this way without causing any problems.

Done!
Done!

Thanks again for all your entries and questions!

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