Hi, this is Laura Cox from Shield HealthCare. I’m the Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist. Today I’m going to show you how I change my ostomy bag. Before I take my actual bag off, I like to do every step that I can so that I have the bag off for the least amount of time possible. So, I’ve already pre-cut my wafer and you can see that it’s just a little bit bigger than one inch. I use the second part of the two-part system, which is the opaque bag with the filter. You can use stoma paste, stoma strips, or stoma rings. I prefer the stoma strip. And what I do is, I just roll this to make it a little bit longer and a little bit thinner. It’ll look something like this. You’ll also need some adhesive remover. I like to use the spray adhesive remover, but you can also use the adhesive remover wipes. So next I have my stoma powder and my Nystatin Powder. The stoma powder just helps the skin heal and keep it clean, and the Nystatin powder, which you need prescribed, helps get rid of yeast infections. This is an optional supply but I really enjoy this, it is a lubricating gel deodorant which is really nice because it eliminates any odor coming from your ostomy bag. I also sometimes take my gauze and I wet it before I actually take the bag off, just so that I can clean it really quickly. The last thing I have, which comes with my actual bags, is just a brown bag to throw everything away in. Without further ado, let’s start to change. First, I take my medical adhesive remover spray and I just spray it on the waterproof barrier. Now usually I hold my skin and start pulling off the wafer so it hurts as little as possible. Now you’re going to clean your skin just to make sure there is no residual stool or paste around the area. You can take a wet piece of gauze or you can use a wet washcloth with warm water. So, you just clean around the area. Make sure to be careful around your stoma because the stoma doesn’t have any nerve endings, so you cannot feel anything. So, if you’re being a little harsh you wouldn’t know. Next, you want to dry that area off. You can either fan it or you can use a dry piece of gauze or a dry washcloth. As you can see I have a little bit of a yeast infection, so I take my Nystatin powder and I just put it right in the areas that are affected by the yeast. After that you don’t have to pat it off or rub it off, just take your stoma powder and you put that right around the stoma, and also anywhere that is covered by the wafer. After that usually I just pat my stomach to make sure all of the powder falls off. I also take a new dry piece of gauze and I just wipe off the residue. The powder will stick to where it needs to stick because areas that need the powder are generally a little bit weepy, wet, or raw. After that, you’re going to take your pre-rolled stoma paste strip and you’re going to place it right around your stoma. I also like to take a piece of gauze and just press it around the stoma again, just to make sure I don’t have any leaks. Sometimes when I press the skin around my stoma some stool comes out, so this is just to make sure I keep the area clean. Alright, last but not least you are going to take this barrier and you are just going to match it with the edges of your stoma as close as you can get it. The last step is to put your bag on. Now it is optional to put your lubricating gel deodorant in if you’d like. I like to just because it gets rid of any smell that may come from your ostomy bag when you empty it. I usually put 4-6 drops in at a time. 1… 2… 3… 4. Now all that’s left to do is close your bag, clean up, and you’re done.