Stoma Care Hub
Welcome to the Healthcare Delivery Reviews Stoma Care hub. Within this section you will find a range of information and support to help you care for your stoma. We are constantly looking to update and improve our information so if there is anything not listed in the stoma care section that you would like to know about then please get in touch with us and we will do our best to assist.
Stoma Bag Care
There are many different main types of stoma bag, such as a 2-piece where the baseplate and bag are separate, or a 1-piece where the baseplate and bag are combined. There are also closed bags, drainable bags, convex bags and concave bags. You can find out more information about the different types of bags in our Stoma Products section.
Regardless of which type of bag you have you will need to change it regularly throughout the day and depending upon how active your stoma is, some night time changes may be required as well.
If you are using a 2-piece system then you will primarily be changing the bag on a day-to-day basis while the baseplate may only need to be changed once or twice a week.
Along with caring for your stoma bag it’s also important to care for the skin around your stoma. Many people experience issues with their skin including soreness and rashes so it’s important to consider this aspect in your stoma bag care.
Our three top tips for caring for the skin around your stoma:
- Was the skin around your stoma with warm water
- Make sure the skin is well dried before trying to attach your bag
- If required, test out various different adhesives to help lubricate the skin and keep the bag properly attached.
Finding The Right Bag For You
Part of your stoma bag care will involve finding the right bag for you. The best type of bag will depend entirely on the individual as aspects such as the stoma size and your body shape need to be taken into consideration. How will you know when you’ve found the right bag? Well it’s quite similar to when you move house, you’ll have that feeling inside that it is right and you will find you stop having to worry about it so much.
It is important to note that the right bag for you may change over time – what works and feels good for you right now may change as you grow with your stoma. You might also want to consider your clothing as well; certain types of clothing may make one style of bag not feel as good as other types.
You are free to try and test different types of stoma bags and in most instances you can request a sample before making a complete switch. It’s best to discuss your requirements with either your stoma nurse, GP or your home delivery provider to see what other options are available to you.
Please note: The information throughout these pages should be used as a guide only. Please consult your GP or medical professional for further information about your condition.