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Advanced Medical Group
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Suwanee, GA 30024-7289

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Advanced Care Program: Ostomy

Emptying Ostomy Pouches

Drainable and urostomy pouches should be emptied when they are 1/3 to ½ full. Closed ostomy pouches should be replaced and disposed of when they are 1/3 to ½ full. Normally you will have to empty your pouch anywhere from 1 to 6 times per day. Emptying your pouch regularly helps to prevent leakage and a bulge under your clothing from a full pouch.

Do not let your pouch overfill!

Tips to make emptying easier:
  • When placing the pouch on, angle it toward the inside of your leg for easier emptying
  • Always empty the pouch when it is 1/3 to ½ full
  • Remove the clamp and direct the spout into the toilet while in a sitting position
  • Flushing the toilet while emptying can help prevent splash-back
  • Clean the spout thoroughly after emptying. A moist towelette may be used
  • Use an odor eliminator if you are concerned about odors when emptying the pouch
  • It is not necessary to rinse out the pouch each time you empty the pouch
  • Save the pouch clamp
  • Always have extra clamps available
More Ostomy Topics

Odor Control
Skin Care
Emptying Ostomy Pouches
Changing and Disposing of an Ostomy Pouch

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