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Can you tell me the correct way to empty an ileostomy or colostomy pouch?
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In brief: Carefully & Complete
Most devices have a suitable opening and clip to allow drainage conveniently.

In brief: Carefully & Complete
Most devices have a suitable opening and clip to allow drainage conveniently.
Dr. Creighton Wright
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Chad Morse
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Carefully!
It will depend on the brand of the appliance.
Some are disposable. Some have a seal at the bottom so you can empty from the bottom (like a tube of toothpaste), rinse and reuse. You may want to use gloves, but be sure to wash hands with soap and water after handling ostomy supplies. Your best resource is a knowledgeable wound and ostomy nurse. http://www.ostomy.org/ostomy_info/#wocn.

In brief: Carefully!
It will depend on the brand of the appliance.
Some are disposable. Some have a seal at the bottom so you can empty from the bottom (like a tube of toothpaste), rinse and reuse. You may want to use gloves, but be sure to wash hands with soap and water after handling ostomy supplies. Your best resource is a knowledgeable wound and ostomy nurse. http://www.ostomy.org/ostomy_info/#wocn.
Dr. Chad Morse
Dr. Chad Morse
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