Ostomy Bag Change Instructions to Prevent Leaks

Ostomy Care Instructions

Follow these steps: (1) Remove the pouch. (2)Clean the skin. (3) Dry the skin. (4) Apply new skin barrier. (5) Press down with the Equalizer by Stomaplex.

Ostomy Care Video

Video – Stoma Leakage

In this video, you will learn how to stop your ostomy bag from leaking onto your skin.  She presses the Equalizer onto the wafer for 10-20 seconds to help secure the bond. She is using the Hollister brand in this video. The Equalizer works with one-piece and two-piece ostomy wafers.

 Ostomy Care Video


Video – Prevent Ostomy Leaks

In this video, Christy uses a tool to help prevent stoma leakage developed by Stomaplex to help secure the ostomy wafer to the skin around the stoma better than just pressing it on with your hand. This tool, the Equalizer is flexible which allows it to work with oval shaped stomas.  It is reusable and comes in four sizes to help prevent stoma leakage for a wide range of stoma sizes.

Video – Ostomy Care –  Leaks Prevention – Stoma Care

Equalizer Size Chart

Equalizer Size Chart

To help with ostomy leak prevention, Bob sent me a Stomaplex Equalizer and once I started using it regularly, I realized I cannot ever go without one. I actually now have 2 just in case I forget to pack one if I go somewhere. By not only pressing hard for 30 seconds after you apply the wafer, but also bending the Stomaplex Equalizer and using the sides to press down on every single corner of your ostomy wafer around the stoma (no matter how your stoma is shaped), the wear time of the wafer easily goes up. I think it doubles my wear time without question. Trying to use my fingers to press the wafer down, etc just doesn’t allow the same sort of equal pressure. Nor does it allow you to do the extra “pressing” from all sides. By using both methods I described, the wear time of the wafer gets DAYS added on. I think it is a must have for anyone with an ostomy.

Oh my goodness Bob!! Thank you so much! I was able to show the ostomy nurses yesterday the products I purchased from you. They were impressed! This morning is the first time I’ll be able to visit my students since my surgery and give them all the biggest hugs without being nervous about holding my tummy and protecting my stoma and preventing ostomy leaks! Bless you and your business! Most grateful to you!

Vickie (Iowa)

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Ostomy Care – Preventing Leaks

The Equalizer is flexible to shape around oval stomas. Use it to apply pressure on the adhesive for 10 seconds to help improve your ostomy care.

Stoma Care – Protecting Parastomal Skin

When you are able to prevent ostomy leaks, the parastomal skin is protected from irritation. Keep your skin near the stoma healthy by using the Equalizer to prevent ostomy leaks.

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Stop Ostomy Leaks with the Equalizer

Stomaplex offers two tools to help with both ostomy leak prevention and ostomy protection.

These topics are the top two we worry about when we have an ostomy stoma (e.g., a colostomy, an ileostomy or an urostomy).

To ensure complete ostomy leak prevention, you need a good bond between the wafer of your ostomy appliance and your skin. Just like any time you are trying to adhere one thing to another, you will want to follow these steps.

1) Surface Prep. (Skin):

Make sure your skin is clean and dry. I do not recommend using a moisturizer-based soap but instead a pure soap like Ivory. If you have belly hair, I would advise that you shave it off, but be careful not to nick the stoma.

2) Surface prep. (Ostomy Appliance):

I recommend that you warm the surface of the wafer before applying it to your skin. You can do this by having someone in your family place it next to their body (like under their armpit) or you can do what I do: set it on top of a lamp with a metal plate above it so the heat of the lamp travels into the wafer. This will soften the adhesive of the wafer and make it more sticky so it will have maximum adhesion. When you remove the paper backing, be sure not to touch the adhesive with your fingers.

3) Pressure:

After you apply the ostomy wafer, apply pressure to the outer ring around the stoma. Pressure is the key factor whenever you talk about adhesion. When I was in the hospital being trained on this, my Wound Ostomy Nurse recommended that I use my finger and go around the stoma applying pressure to the wafer to make a good bond. However, my fingers are too big, and the blunt, round end of my finger didn’t make much positive contact with the wafer. In addition, the contact was only at one point at any given time. This is where the stomaplex Equalizer comes in to play.

With the equalizer you can apply pressure all the way around the stoma equally and at the same moment in time. By doing this, you will get better adhesion, guaranteed.

Watch Maggie Demonstrate the Equalizer to Stop Ostomy Leaks