What Should Intestinal Stoma Patients Pay Attention to When Changing Their Stoma Bags?

For patients with intestinal stomas, it is important to pay attention to the following key points:

1. Regular Care and Changing of the Stoma Bag:

  • Follow the advice of your healthcare team to regularly change the stoma bag to maintain cleanliness and quality.
  • Clean the skin around the stoma daily and ensure it is dry and free from dirt.

2. Cleanliness and Hygiene:

  • Use mild, unscented soap and warm water to clean the skin around the stoma, then gently pat dry.
  • Avoid using cleansers containing alcohol or irritating ingredients.
  • Follow the guidance of healthcare professionals and use suitable skin barriers or waterproof products.

3. Diet and Fluid Intake:

  • Collaborate with your healthcare team to ensure your diet meets your individual needs. Sometimes, special dietary requirements like low-fiber or low-residue foods may be necessary.
  • Drink an adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration and maintain normal bodily functions.

4. Avoid Irritants:

  • Avoid using chemicals, perfumes, or fragrant products that could have adverse effects on the stoma or skin.
  • Refrain from smoking or close contact with smokers, as tobacco smoke may irritate the stoma area.

5. Exercise and Physical Activity:

  • Continue with physical activities and exercise under the guidance of healthcare professionals, but be cautious not to exert excessive pressure or friction on the stoma area.
  • Use appropriate support belts or securing devices to minimize discomfort.

6. Rehabilitation and Psychological Support:

  • Participate in rehabilitation programs to help you adapt to the new lifestyle and recovery.
  • Seek psychological support if needed to cope with potential emotional challenges.

7. Regular Follow-up:

  • Schedule regular follow-up appointments with healthcare professionals to ensure the health of the stoma and promptly address any issues or concerns.

8. Emergency Preparedness:

  • When going out or traveling, carry spare stoma bags and cleaning supplies in case of unforeseen needs.

The above are just some key points that intestinal stoma patients should pay attention to. It's important to note that each patient's situation is different, so collaborating with the healthcare team and following care and management tailored to individual needs and recommendations is crucial. The konweda medical team can provide personalized advice to help you adapt to the new lifestyle and ensure the health and comfort of your stoma. The konweda medical team is here with you every step of the way, so let's take care of the stoma together and ensure that it remains leak-free.

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