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Stoma care - 2 - Emptying a drainable pouch

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VOL: 97, ISSUE: 15, PAGE NO: 45

CHRIS METCALF, GASTROENTEROLOGY ENDOSCOPY NURSE SPECIALIST, WEST HERTS NHS TRUST, WATFORD GENERAL HOSPITAL.

When emptying a drainable pouch, nurses must wear gloves and a plastic apron and wash their hands before and after undertaking the procedure. When patients empty their appliance they do not need to adopt universal precautions: thorough hand-washing before and after the procedure is sufficient. It is important that this is explained to them. The same method is used to empty a one-piece and two-piece drainable pouch.

When emptying a drainable pouch, nurses must wear gloves and a plastic apron and wash their hands before and after undertaking the procedure. When patients empty their appliance they do not need to adopt universal precautions: thorough hand-washing before and after the procedure is sufficient. It is important that this is explained to them. The same method is used to empty a one-piece and two-piece drainable pouch.

During the initial postoperative period, during periods of ill health and for patients with a disability, it may be necessary for the nurse to care for the patient's stoma. However, where possible, nurses should provide information and educate the patient so as to encourage independence in stoma management.
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