Osto EZ-Vent – REVIEW

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One problem that most, if not all, ostomates face is pouch ballooning.

Ballooning is caused when gas fills your ostomy pouch and has nowhere to go. The result can be a very inflated pouch that can end up causing a leak or even a full-on explosion!

Needless to say, current pouch designs do very little to help, and while most pouches can be purchased with a filter, they often become clogged quickly, especially with liquid or loose output. “Burping” your appliance will only work if you have a coupling that opens like a Tupperware container, but even then there is a risk of releasing more than just gas (yes, this has happened to me).

There is a unique product which aims to overcome this challenge. That product is the Osto Ez-Vent.

I’m excited to review this product because overnight ballooning has been an issue for me, and while I’ve never experienced a leak, it is still quite alarming to wake up to a pouch ready to burst.

The Osto EZ-Vent attaches to your pouch (apparently any pouch) and when you need to release some gas, you simply open the small valve when it’s convenient for you and you’re done.

It sounds easy, and it is but there is a process you must follow to attach this product to your pouch. You can follow the link below for instructions on how to install the vent onto the pouch.

There is also video instructions available on that page too.

Osto EZ-Vent instructions

Small, not too obtrusive
Small, not too obtrusive

I’ve use the Coloplast Sensura pouch with filter during my tests (Coloplast #11125), but i keep my filter blocked with the sticker that’s included with my pouches.

If you’re using the newer Coloplast Sensura Mio bags, you may have difficulty applying the EZ-Vent. I’ve written a special article about it HERE.

I also mount the Osto EZ-Vent onto the top left position (rather than centered on the top) so that when I rotate my pouch horizontally, which I do when wearing the Stealth Belt or a wrap, the pouch contents are less likely to get in contact with the EZ-Vent.

A few things to note regarding the installation of these vents:

  1. I usually batch-install these vents for about a months worth of pouches.  That allows me to always have a pouch ready to go with the Osto EZ-Vent in case of an early pouch change.  This also gives a 24h+ delay to allow the adhesive on the vent to stick to the pouch.
  2. My pouch has a soft, fabric layer around it for comfort.  Because of this, I do have to make a hole in the fabric to expose the plastic layer which the Osto EZ-Vent sticks to.  To do this, I simply trace the Osto EZ-Vent and cut around it. If your pouch doesn’t have the additional fabric component (i.e. transparent pouches), then you’ll save time on this step.
  3. If you’re an ostomate who has problems with joint pains or arthritis in the hands, you might want to have a friend or relative help.

The EZ-vent locks quite securely and even a very ballooned pouch won’t cause the vent to open on its own.  It has never caught on clothes or anything like that.

One of the nice things that I like about this product is that they offer a nice enhancement to the quality of life as an ostomate.

Using a drainable pouch, these vents will stay on until your next appliance change and I usually put vents on several pouches at a time, so I’m always prepared for the next appliance change.  If your vent get soiled, simply clean it the next time you drain your pouch.

If you’ve installed it on the top part of your appliance, and you use the product when standing or sitting, the pouch contents shouldn’t interfere with the venting process.

I should add that gas from your pouch, like the gas in a traditional fart, will smell.  If you weren’t breaking wind around family and friends before your ostomy, you won’t want to start now.  Be courteous and mindful of where you vent your pouch.
Open to release gas
Open to release gas

At the time of this writing (May 2017), the cost of 10 Osto EZ-Vents (one pack) is approx. CDN$20 and about US$16.  Shop around for the best price.

This product should be covered by all insurance policies that cover ostomy supplies, but the manufacturer’s website states that Medicare will not cover both the Osto EZ-Vent and filtered pouches, so be aware of your particular policy before making a claim.

This product is sold worldwide and you should be able to get samples from any supplier carrying this product.

Bonus: You can also use the Osto EZ-Vent to irrigate your bag. Details HERE.

Highly Recommended

For anyone who’s had issues with pouch ballooning, I can’t recommend this product enough. It’s so ingenious that I’d like to see vents as a standard on pouches.  I feel so confident about this product, that I’ve started ordering filterless pouches (Coloplast #11135) for future wear.

There is an odor eliminating filter which can be used with the EZ-vent. I haven’t tried them at the time of this review, but I’ve requested samples and will follow up with another review once I receive them.

I’ve reviewed a filter, that is made by a third party and not endorsed or affiliated with the company behind the Osto EZ-Vent HERE.

For more info, visit http://www.kemonline.com/

Do you have a problem controlling gas in your ostomy pouch? Have you tried this product?
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14 thoughts on “Osto EZ-Vent – REVIEW

    • Yes! I’m aware of those (I met that company in South Africa last year), but we really don’t have anything like that here in North America and the problem with an integrated vent is that the rest of the appliance may not work for someone.

      But it looks like a great idea!

  1. I have had my stoma for just over a year.. these things are great. I have been using them for quite awhile now and would never want to be without them. I have figured out how to almost relieve the gas in my sleep. They have saved me many hours of sleep and I am STILL trying to catch up after pretty much NOT sleeping for the 3 and a half years I dealt with UC before my surgery.
    I have been installing them next to the filter on my Hollister pouch ( two piece). I get them from Shields. They said they can add them into my order at no extra charge ( nice). They are also available from Amazon.

    a note on ‘letting the gas out’ GO SLOWLY! If there is a ‘clog’ in there of thicker output, run your fingernail over the back side of the pouch to help clear it out. , lift up the edge of the pouch with the vent, and work the gas to that area…them press LIGHTLY! ( other wise it can get messy!).

    And, lastly. Thank you so much for this Website. It has been invaluable to me.

  2. Cheapest I’ve seen in Canada is about $17.63 (Best Buy Ostomy) although their US pricing is under $12. But prices do seem to vary from supplier to supplier and I have seem them priced way higher than they should.

    I’m fortunate that my insurance covers these vents. Even though they don’t seem to be an expensive item, costs for ostomy supplies can add up quickly.

  3. I think vents like these should be built-in to the pouch.

    But one thing I do know, when I purchase them I have to shop around each time as the price fluctuates (why?). I contacted the manufacturer about purchasing directly, but can only get thru dealers. Problem is vendors on Amazon and other brick and mortar vendors are ripping patients off. The Mfr retail price is $15, but routinely vendors on Amazon are trying to charge as much as $27 for the standard 10 pack.

    Lately, I have been getting them from Allegro Medical for $13 and some change.

  4. Awesome! Filter design definitely needs to be improved and there’s a new Coloplast ostomy system called Sensura Mio, which comes out May 2014, which is suppose to have a newly designed filter. Not sure if it’ll replace the EZ-Vents, but anything helps! I’ll be testing that new pouching system when it’s available.

  5. I have these for my wife. They have made a huge difference in her social life. We have used the filters that attache to the vent. However, if you have any kind of liquid that would normally corrupt the built-in filter, that same liquid will leak thru the attached filter. Especially if you keep it attached overnight.

  6. I have these for my wife. They have made a huge difference in her social life. We have used the filters that attache to the vent. However, if you have any kind of liquid that would normally corrupt the built-in filter, that same liquid will leak thru the attached filter. Especially if you keep it attached overnight.

    • Awesome! Filter design definitely needs to be improved and there’s a new Coloplast ostomy system called Sensura Mio, which comes out May 2014, which is suppose to have a newly designed filter. Not sure if it’ll replace the EZ-Vents, but anything helps! I’ll be testing that new pouching system when it’s available.

    • I think vents like these should be built-in to the pouch.

      But one thing I do know, when I purchase them I have to shop around each time as the price fluctuates (why?). I contacted the manufacturer about purchasing directly, but can only get thru dealers. Problem is vendors on Amazon and other brick and mortar vendors are ripping patients off. The Mfr retail price is $15, but routinely vendors on Amazon are trying to charge as much as $27 for the standard 10 pack.

      Lately, I have been getting them from Allegro Medical for $13 and some change.

      • Cheapest I’ve seen in Canada is about $17.63 (Best Buy Ostomy) although their US pricing is under $12. But prices do seem to vary from supplier to supplier and I have seem them priced way higher than they should.

        I’m fortunate that my insurance covers these vents. Even though they don’t seem to be an expensive item, costs for ostomy supplies can add up quickly.

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