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Is it risky to hug someone who has a colostomy bag? Might the bag burst?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Hug a colostomy pt.

Colostomy patients need a hug every now & then too.
The colostomy appliance & seal, volume of effluent in the bag, & location of the ostomy may alter where & how hard you want to squeeze when hugging. Seriously, don't worry about it but share your reservations with the person needing the hug (they can empty their bag beforehand to allay your concern), position appropriately, & hug away!

In brief: Hug a colostomy pt.

Colostomy patients need a hug every now & then too.
The colostomy appliance & seal, volume of effluent in the bag, & location of the ostomy may alter where & how hard you want to squeeze when hugging. Seriously, don't worry about it but share your reservations with the person needing the hug (they can empty their bag beforehand to allay your concern), position appropriately, & hug away!
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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