Importance of Ostomy
Ostomy is a procedure wherein when a directly opening is made into an organ to remove the body of wastes. Commonly used procedures are colostomy (bypassing feces from the large intestine), ileostomy (bypassing feces from the small intestine), urostomy (direct connection between the abdominal wall and urinary tract such that the flow bypasses the urethra) and gastrostomy (for inserting feeding tube directly into the stomach-jejunum). While there are other procedures, the reasons as one can understand, are failure of an organ or surgery. Ostomy may be temporary or permanent and patients need to be intensively taken care of.
Stoma basically involves interacting with the internal organs through artificial storage bags. In case of colostomy and ileostomy, feces get collected in a bag outside the skin. It is important Ostomy supplies be of high quality as if anything goes wrong, it can lead to serious conditions including psychological stress, skin problems, bleeding, and changed feces cycles.
Tubes and Pouches
While Ostomy procedures can be done at an out-patient treatment facility, most are done in a hospital. ActiveForever carries a large supplier of Ostomy products and has as the most reliable product lines. There are specialized bags such as the Hollister Premier Closed-end Pouch with Integrated Filter that helps the patients with gas build-up, yet is comfortable and flexible. Other important accessories for patients undergoing an Ostomy include appliance cleanser and care gel. These items make a patients life a little easier as they are recovering.
Staying Safe and Disinfected
While Ostomy care involves a variety of medicines being used, if the is allowed to go home, it is important that it is kept clean and free of contaminants. Products like Ameriderm Aircare Deodorizing Spray keeps odors at bay and can be used in facilities or households. However, always ask the doctor before bringing any type of chemicals into contact with the patient. The Coloplast Alpine Fresh Appliance Cleanser allows the nurse or caregiver to properly disinfect reusable Ostomy products and over a period of time without risk of infection.