new to ostomy bag big problems

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   Posted 3/16/2011 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

My mom just got an ostomy bag, My mom just got an ostomy bag after a bowel surgery complication. We had a leak in her bowel after surgery and went septic so now she has a bag. the problem is none of the nurses can get the bag to stay on not even for a day. they have use all different bags one piece, two piece, paste, power, wafers you name it they tried it and the bag wont stay on. Now the second problem is that the skin around the bag is raw from taking it on and off so much. Any suggestion would be amazing.

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   Posted 3/16/2011 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
does she have a colostomy or an ileostomy?
and what are they doing when they put the bags on?
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   Posted 3/17/2011 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Are they ostomy (wotc) nurses? Is her stoma above her skin or below?
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   Posted 3/17/2011 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
about your Mom's damaged skin, joeya. I dealt with a peristomal skin tear a few years ago. WOC nurses tried DuoDerm [under my pouch wafer] for quite a while but it did no good. A new nurse came in and started to use Kendall Curity AMD Sterile Gauze Sponges [cutting small pieces to fit the wound area]. [This is when I had to start taping my wafers on to reinforce 'adhesive' of the wafer.] AMD worked great amd the wound healed quickly! Hope this helps...

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   Posted 3/17/2011 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Are the bags they are currently trying all from the same manufacturer. It could be that she is allergic to that type of adhesive and may be good idea to try a different manufacturer and see of that makes a difference.

For the moment though the skin needs to be protected to allow it to heal. There are barrier wipes and creams and think available in a spray that will not sting but will provide a very thin barrier over the skin to allow it to heal.

You need to make sure the nurses are proper trained stoma care nurses so they have access to the latest appliances.

Hopefully you'll get on top on this soon and your mum will be feeling better.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.
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