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Introducing Our Free Living Well with an Ostomy Guide – 2nd Edition

John Maynard
Product Manager, Ostomy and Wound Care | Shield HealthCare
02/07/17  9:35 AM PST
Ostomy Guide

We are pleased to announce our updated “Living Well with an Ostomy” guide. This updated resource includes information about how to care for your colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, as well as definitions and descriptions, including full-color photos. The booklet is designed to not only help you live with an ostomy, but live well. In addition, there is also a product guide and a glossary.

Once you enter in your information and click “Submit Request,” you will receive an email with a link to a digital PDF copy of our booklet.

This reference booklet adds to Shield HealthCare’s OstomyLife community with guidance on lifestyle issues, peristomal skin complication, pouching systems and more. Our lifestyle section includes information about dressing, going back to work, traveling, telling people about your surgery, exercising and intimacy when you have a stoma.

Much of the lifestyle content was written by Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox. You can also find more support and information on our OstomyLife Facebook page.

If you are a health care professional, we welcome to you to contact your local Shield HealthCare sales office to discuss your patient’s needs with a representative.

More resources:

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  1. Charlotte D.
    Posted February 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST

    I have had an ileostomy for years but I am always interested to read to learn new things!

  2. John Maynard
    Posted February 23, 2017 at 11:45 am PST

    Hi Ms. Dunn, Thank you for your comment. If you haven’t already done so, please feel free to request your complimentary copy at this link here – John, Shield HealthCare

  3. Vivian Franklin
    Posted June 11, 2017 at 11:30 pm PDT

    Is this available in Spanish?
    Thank you.

  4. John Maynard
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 8:20 am PDT

    Yes, our “Living Well with an Ostomy” guide is available in Spanish.

    Thank you.

  5. Laura
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm PDT

    Can someone please tell me if waering a colostomy bag are you able to be in a hot tub?

  6. Aimee Sharp
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm PST

    Hi Laura! Yes, you can wear any ostomy bag in a hot tub. Ostomy bags are designed to be waterproof. You can find lots of tips about swimming with an ostomy bag here. However, because a hot tub is so warm, you might find that the hot water degrades your seal faster than regular temperature pool water would, meaning you may have to change your pouching system sooner than otherwise. Or you might find that your waterproof barrier just isn’t up to snuff in such hot water, in which case, you might find some helpful tips here, which is our post about ways to be more secure in the pool. If you want to test out your seal before going into a hot tub, try taking a very warm bath and soaking for around 15 minutes and seeing how it looks. Best of luck, and let us know if you have any other questions! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

  7. Posted July 26, 2019 at 8:57 am PDT

    I have a Miami urinary pouch. I self Cath. I do not have a outside bag.my ilieum is my internal bag.had it for 24 yrs.where can I get in group like this? Thank you

  8. Aimee Sharp
    Posted August 8, 2019 at 9:47 am PDT

    Hi Shirley. Thanks for your question. You can check out our Facebook page, were our community members support each other. You can also read our article UOAA Ostomy Support Groups to learn more about how to join an in-person support group. Best of luck! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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