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How to Change Your Ostomy Pouch Video

Laura Cox, LPC
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
05/09/14  10:29 PM PST

In this video, Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, shows you how to change an ostomy pouch (also called an ostomy bag) by changing her own! Laura will take you through:

  • Preparing to change the bag/pouch, including making sure you have everything ready so that the bag is off for the least amount of time possible
  • Tips about pre-cutting your wafer (make sure to cut the hole a little bit bigger than the diameter of your stoma)
  • The supplies you’ll need, including the products she personally uses, like stoma powder, Nystatin powder, lubricating/deodorizing drops, and stoma paste
  • Removing the bag and wafer
  • Cleaning the skin and preparing it for the new bag
  • Applying the new wafer and bag
  • Laura also gives viewers some tips and tricks she’s learned over the years

Please note that in this video, Laura is showing viewers how to change a two-piece system, though it is similar to how to change a one-piece system.

Want to watch this video with subtitles? You can find that option when you watch this video on YouTube.

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  1. Posted June 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm PDT

    The video made me feel as if I am not alone with my ostomy. Laura makes it seem “just a simple matter”. Thank you, Laura.

  2. Posted June 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm PDT

    Elaine, you are never alone! It’s my pleasure to be a resource for ostomates like us!

  3. Ron
    Posted September 14, 2016 at 1:38 am PDT

    In the video it appears Laura does not take the two paper strips off the back of the wafer before applying it. Does it adhere well that way? Thanks.

  4. Aimee Sharp
    Posted September 14, 2016 at 9:01 am PDT

    Hi Ron. I’ve actually spoken to Laura about bag application before, and she let me know that the way she does it is that she applies the wafer to her skin first, then the bag, then she pulls off the two paper strips. We didn’t show that in the video, so sorry if it is confusing. But she does use those paper strips. Thanks for your question and allowing us to clarify! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

  5. Steve
    Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm PST

    Have had Urostomy for 15 years. I use a pouch connected to a leg bag with a rubber tube. Glad to be alive. Thankful for a family that takes everything in stride. At night I connect to a bed bag. Please email me if you need to talk. I will be glad to be available.
    syorchard@gmail.com. Thanks for your instructional video Laura.

  6. Aimee Sharp
    Posted February 17, 2017 at 8:08 am PST

    Thank you, Steve! We really appreciate you, as a urostomate, coming and letting people know how you empty. It’s great to have diverse perspectives. Thanks! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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