My stoma bag changing routine

Aneica Duffy

Aneica Duffy

I get washed and then get cooper sorted, I usually change my bag after a bath or shower as I feel the bag isn’t as effective as a new one would be.

When I get up in the morning I am like every single person wakening up. Pressing the snooze button on the alarm for five minutes… and another five minutes. Like any other person, you eventually get out of bed to go to work. I get washed and then get cooper sorted, I usually change my bag after a bath or shower as I feel the bag isn’t as effective as a new one would be. As a carer I have to get people up and dressed and the last thing I want is something happening to me that I couldn’t be 100% in my job.

I have a weird routine when it comes to changing Cooper, I have my supplies all sitting ready for when I come out of the shower. I make it as relaxed as possible to be honest I don’t have to think twice about changing my stoma it’s second nature now. I can’t remember when I didn’t have to do this extra duty in my routine.

So I have a drawer in the bathroom where I keep my disposable bags, a pair of scissors; my adhesive removal spray, skin barrier wipes, seals and dry wipes. I keep my actual bags in a drawer in my bedroom as I have very inquisitive nieces and nephews running around after me.

It has to be a certain way, they have to all be sitting ready to be used, it’s a bit worrying I do it like that now when I think about it lol but it just a part of my routine now. So I take off my bag and use a rule ‘3 wet 1 dry’ to clean Cooper. This is 3 wet wipes to clean my stoma and 1 dry one to dry my skin so that my bag sticks properly and that I have no leaks.

Prevention of leaks is key for me as I change my bag every other day to protect my skin, you’re probably reading thinking ‘how long does it take to do this, that’s a lot of things to do before work or I do mine a bit differently’. Honestly it takes me 5 minutes, at first when I did it, it took me about 20mins.

I then use the barrier wipe leave 10 seconds and then put on the seal and then put on my bag, it actually feels so good putting a clean one on, you feel so fresh and ready for the day ahead.

My routine is so exact it’s a bit scary, but everyone’s routine is different. I would love to hear how different peoples routines are, what does your routine involve? There is no right or wrong way of changing your stoma bag, though there are tips on how to make it easier. The picture shows how precise my stoma supplies sit in my bathroom 🙂

Aneica xx

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  1. Hi my routine is similar except I attach the seal around the opening of the bag first as it makes it easier. After showering you dry off, get the seal out of the package, warm it with its protective layer still on for about 20 seconds, peel the protective layers of this and the bag then apply to the bag. I then go to where I have everything set out, do another wipe around the Stoma with wipes, apply the skin barrier wipe, fan this to dry and then apply the bag with elastic tape. Hope this helps

  2. Boy you make it sound like a chore it is so simple takes only a minute or 2 don’t have a problem and have travelled so much Vietnam, Morocco, Europe, Indonesia and America to say just a few and always manage very easily all you need to do is make sure you have enough supplies for the length of your planned trip

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