There are many risks associated with using the wrong pouching system, according to VERA SA, a leading supplier of ostomy underwear.
Stoma surgery is often a lifesaving procedure that can improve the quality of life for many patients. However, living with a stoma can be challenging, and it requires ongoing care and maintenance to ensure that it functions properly.
One of the most important factors in stoma care is selecting the right pouching system or ostomy bag for your needs. Using the wrong pouching system can cause complications that range from minor skin irritation to life-threatening infections.
Here are some of the potential complications of using the wrong pouching system or ostomy bag for stoma patients:
Skin irritation and breakdown
The skin around the stoma is delicate and can become easily irritated by the adhesive on the pouching system. If the pouch is too tight or too loose, it can cause rubbing and chafing, leading to skin breakdown and painful sores. A poorly fitting pouch can also cause leakage, which can lead to skin irritation and breakdown.
A poorly fitting pouch can cause leakage, which can be not only embarrassing but also a significant risk to your health. Leakage can cause skin irritation, infection, and even sepsis, a life-threatening condition. Using the wrong pouching system can also cause issues with the stoma’s output, making it difficult to control.
A poorly fitting pouching system can cause irritation and skin breakdown, which can lead to infection. Infections around the stoma can be painful and difficult to treat, and they can cause further complications such as sepsis. In some cases, an infected stoma may require surgery to remove the damaged tissue.
Using the wrong pouching system can also cause blockages in the stoma. Certain pouching systems are better suited for specific types of output, such as thicker or thinner stools. If the wrong pouching system is used, it can cause blockages in the stoma, leading to discomfort, pain, and potentially dangerous complications.
The psychological impact of using the wrong pouching system or ostomy bag should not be underestimated. Living with a stoma can be challenging, and it is essential to find a pouching system that is comfortable and fits well. If a patient is uncomfortable with their pouching system, it can cause stress and anxiety, which can negatively impact their overall quality of life.
A word on ostomy underwear
It’s also a good idea to invest in ostomy-friendly underwear. Vera SA is a proud manufacturer of ostomy underwear available in five sizes that are specifically developed for ostomates.
Selecting the right pouching system or ostomy bag is critical to maintaining good stoma care and avoiding potential complications. If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, it may be time to consider changing your pouching system or ostomy bag. Speak with your healthcare provider or a stoma care specialist to discuss your options and find the best pouching system for your needs.
Living with a stoma can be challenging, but it is important to remember that with the right care and support, you can still enjoy a fulfilling and active life. By taking the time to find the right pouching system and by staying vigilant for signs of complications, you can ensure that your stoma stays healthy and functioning properly.
Vera SA is a proud partner of CANSA and The South African Society of Ostomates.
Contact VERA SA at 082-833-9200, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or log onto
https://www.verasa.store/ for more information.
READ MORE BLOGS BY VERA SA:
HOW TO REDUCE OSTOMY GAS AND ODOURS
REPLACE YOUR COLOSTOMY BAG IN A FEW EASY STEPS
THE PROS & CONS OF DISPOSABLE OSTOMY BAGS
UNDERSTANDING THE EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF OSTOMY SURGERY
Leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.