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Applying your stoma pouch: practical tips

Use the “up and over” technique to apply your stoma pouch.

  • Remove the backing paper, almost fold the flange forwards in half and starting at the bottom of the flange and stoma edge, stick the flange to the skin, bringing it up and over the stoma.
  • Once the stoma pouch is in place, run your fingers around the edge to check for any creases or folds.
  • You can then place your hand over the stoma pouch for 30 seconds and the heat from the hand helps the stoma pouch adhere and conform to the body shape.
  • NB: this technique is easier to demonstrate than to describe, so if in doubt contact your healthcare professional for guidance.

Getting the best fit

Applying a stoma pouch may be easier if the flange is warmed slightly. Try holding it between your hands for a short while to bring it to body temperature before application. Also, if you have wrinkles or folds in the skin around your stoma, try standing or changing position to stretch the skin as this will give you a better fit.

Changing your stoma pouch

Try to change your stoma pouch when your stoma is less active. It may take some time to get to know or recognise a pattern but it will help to make changing quicker and easier.

Preventing skin sores

Your stoma pouch must fit properly around your stoma to help prevent sore skin and reduce the possibility of leakage. Use the backing from the flange to check the stoma pouch has been cut to the right size for you.

Cutting to size

If you need your stoma pouch cut to size, we can do this for you free of charge. Contact our Customer Service Advisors to arrange this on 0800 378 846.