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When and how do I empty the pouch?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

Emptying your urostomy pouch is best done when it’s around a third to a half full. You can do it even more often if you prefer – it’s a personal choice –…

What is involved in changing the pouching system?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

Changing the pouching system varies from person to person. The frequency depends on a multitude of factors, including what type of system you’re using, how active you are and your body’s natural…

How do I remove the pouching system?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

It’s a case of preparation is the key! Get everything you need within easy reach before you start. Then take it slowly. Remember that there’s a continual drain of urine…

How do I clean the stoma and surrounding skin?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

The most important thing is to only use water, not cleansers or soaps. You should also avoid baby wipes or similar as these can cause skin reactions or prevent the baseplate from…

How do I ensure a good fit with the pouching system?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

It’s natural for your stoma to gradually become smaller in the first six to eight weeks after surgery. Because of this, it’s necessary to re-measure the stoma with every pouching system change,…

What about bathing?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

Bathing and taking a shower will not cause any damage either to the pouching system or the stoma itself. It’s up to you whether you prefer to shower with or without the…

Should I use a night drainage system?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

Using a night drainage system is a matter of preference. Some people prefer them so there’s no need to get up in the middle of the night to empty the pouch.

What do I need to know about mucus and urinary tract infections (UTIs)?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

Whilst people who have a Urostomy (eg Ileal Conduit) do have a certain amount of mucus in their urine, an increased level may be a sign of a urinary tract infection – more…

What are the signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

• A strong smelling urine
• Cloudy urine
• And increase of mucus in the urine
• Blood in the urine
• Loss of appetite
• Back pain
• Nausea and vomiting
• Confusion and fever

How can I be prepared when I’m away from home?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

When you’re away it’s simply a matter of being organised. So, for even the shortest trip it’s best to carry not only some spare plastic storage bags, but an extra pouching system…

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