November/December 2002
Page 10


Can't Get Your Pouch Off?

You are ready to change your pouch, but there's a problem. Your stoma has swollen. Don't panic. Fill the pouch with ice water and swirl it around the top of the pouch. If it is a closed-end pouch, hold an ice cube over the stoma on the outside of the pouch. Either way should reduce the swelling, which is usually caused by too tight a fit.

Via: Ostomatic News, Dallas, TX and Hamilton Osto-Info Jan 2002, via Inside Out On-line Nov/Dec 2002

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