How to Avoid an Ostomy Leak

How to Avoid an Ostomy Leak

When you are wearing a stomal output, one of the things that you will have to worry about is leakage. If you have a caregiver or living in any nursing home in Oxnard, California, then this may not be that big of a problem. However, it is still better if you know prevention tips to prevent stoma fluid leakage.

Here are some of the prevention tips that people with stomal output should remember:

  • Ostomy skin health is a top priority.
    Do not allow the skin area where you place your ostomy pouching system to be irritated or inflamed. As part of skin healthcare in California, you must remember to clean the skin with mild soap and water. Don’t use lotions or creams. Consider using a ceramide-infused skin barrier, too.
  • Choose your skin barrier well.
    The skin barrier can shield your skin from your stoma pouch. Be sure to choose the one that fits. Follow the proper steps and take in mind the precautions when applying the skin barrier, as well as the stoma pouching system.
  • Change your stoma pouch.
    Regularly changing your stoma pouch will prevent leakage. Do not allow it to be overfilled or overweight since it causes undue strain to your skin barrier attachment.
  • Be extra careful when removing the ostomy skin barrier.
    Be gentle and slow when removing the skin barrier. It should be okay to take your time. Otherwise, you may experience skin stripping, which could then lead to irritation, leaks, and pain.

Conejo Valley Congregate Healthcare, Inc. values our seniors who are both aging in place and staying in assisted living facilities. We encourage them to do proper ostomy care. Give us a call if you need help with that.

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