how can I stop someone from pulling their ostomy bag off???

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   Posted 12/8/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a nurse, trying to find a solution for an elderly client who is suffering from dementia and racking up a huge bill for ostomy supplies as every night she pulls her bag off without realizing it.  Does anyone have any suggestions??

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   Posted 12/8/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i tape mine to my stomach, that might work it would be much harder for her to tear off
or at motherhood maternity, they sell these things called belly bands, and they are basically just bands of cloth that fit around your stomach, you could cover it with that, then maybe she wouldnt notice it
Or panty hose, if she could wear those, just the tops
Or some type of clothing she cant get in, maybe pin her shirt top to her bottoms?

Im sorry that isnt much help
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-

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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
That's a tough one!

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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Great suggestions Summerstorm! I was going to suggest the some of the same things.

I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2000.

I was hospitalized about 10 times between 2000 and 2004. I had about 9(or more) blood transfusions total.

Finally, in January of 2004 I was told the damage was too bad and I needed a permanent ileostomy.

I went through a healthy pregnancy in 2006-2007. I had a handsome 8lb 6oz baby boy.

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   Posted 12/9/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
does the patient have cold hands? if so, what about mittens, to at least make it more difficult to pick at the ostomy?

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   Posted 12/9/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Summerstorm summed it up well, all were good ideas. Sometimes these little old people are magical and can get into anything. Do you have an ostomy belt on your client that may help also it would be more difficult to get it loose.
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