Untimely Leaks: OSTOMY TIPS (w/ video)

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I had the unfortunate experience of an appliance leak while out, but preparedness helped me deal with it without too much trouble. Here’s a real-time, uncut video of how I handled it:

Note: In the video, I mentioned that I believe the tear was caused by my belt, but when I got home to change my full appliance, I had scratches under my belt line that were caused by the outlet on my Hollister bag. I believe the real culprit was the outlet piercing the bag. This has never happened, but the combination of the rides and the fact that I kept the outlet tucked under my waistband,  were a recipe for disaster in this case.  A pouch cover, wearing my pouch over my clothes or using a system that doesn’t have such a sharp outlet would have prevented this from happening.

A few takeaways:

  • Keep your emergency ostomy kit close by when you’re going out, or at least keep it “close-enough” (in this case,it was in my car).
  • Handling things calmly will reduce stress, and keep things moving forward.
  • Always keep medical tape in your kit.  I actually don’t carry wafer extenders in my kit, because I know the tape can be used.
  • A parked car can work just as well as a bathroom in the event of an accident (most of the time!).
  • There are benefits to using a  2 piece appliance!
  • Mind the pouch outlet! It slices, it dices, it puts holes in ostomy bags!
For tips on how to prevent leaks, check out THIS article.
Question : Have you changed your appliance in an emergency?
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19 Comments on "Untimely Leaks: OSTOMY TIPS (w/ video)"

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Marcie
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Illona, rest easy that your not the first to keep changing you pouch-I named mine “wow!! Nellie” Nellie sings a lot, and she complains if I eat to much-so (bath trips at nite) I don’t eat a large dinner at night or to many fluids. This should help u sleep well- Also a shrink helped me as I was such a mess in shock and so very sick-comma-2-months-death- and surprise the NELLIE that I suggested to the nurses that this bandage should be removed.. Anyway- the anti-depressants got me to rest better, and me a calmer person to accept all… Read more »
Marcie
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Hello!!!!! Oppps in the car? I keep a large ricotta chees container which I have tucked in with a pouch disposable bag (that comes with most pouches) throw away gloves, lots of napkins, stoma wipes, a few of packets of clean wipes, A dental bib (for drips) and a tie twist-ALWAYS IN BOTH OF MY CARS. Stuck in a parade of traffic? Got a leak or have to empty? Perfect!! I keep this hanging behind my car head rest. (A coffee can is good also) As we all do OR SHOULD have ALWAYS keep a changing pouching system with us..… Read more »
ShropshireLady
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ShropshireLady

For a different reason, my husband experienced his first emergency quick change today whilst at a football match (soccer to you chaps across the water). This was caused by a catastrophic failure of the seal around the tap on his SenSura Mio urostomy appliance (I really can’t recommend these, they are so unreliable, and have a really short wear time, sometimes as little as six hours). Thankfully he did have a change set with him and only missed ten minutes of the second half, so no trouble at all! Sadly our team only managed a draw though.

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Awesome post! I appreciate your transparency.

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Sue Hill
Amusing little video, you are right, shit happens, it took me about 2 months post surgery to learn that, funny because when I finally learnt it, it rarely happened again. In my stoma bag change kit, I always keep a 20ml pod of sterile water (they are designed for eye wash or wound wash). They are great because they are really small so take up hardly any space, but they contain just enough water to be able to wash you stoma / skin if you need a full bag change. The design of them is to be able to squirt… Read more »