I was operated on in January and have had no difficulty with my appliances (Hollister), except, most evenings it fills up with more air than urine and I need to empty about every 45 minutes. Is this normal and is there any way to prevent it from happening?
Your night system should not have to be emptied every 45 minutes. I highly recommend that you arrange a visit with an NSWOC NURSE (A Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) is a registered nurse with advanced and specialized knowledge and clinical skills in wound, ostomy and continence care who has graduated from a World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) recognized education program., who has specialized training in treating patients with ostomies), who can assist you in assessing your system and make equipment product recommendations for ensuring.) To find a NSWOC professional in or near your location please click on this link – https://memberscaet.ca/find.phtml . I also recommend that you contact the manufacturer of your current equipment by phone or email, most of the manufacturers have experts on call who will discuss your concerns, provide advise/solutions on their products that are available, and in most cases send you a free sample to try, and will be ready for your feedback. Try several manufactures/products if you feel the need to. Tip: When connecting the pouch to the bedside drainage bag, leave a small amount of urine in the pouch before attaching the tubing. This keeps you from setting up a vacuum in the system. The bedside container should be vented and the tubing should be secured at the top of the bag or bottle with no more than one inch of it going down into the bag or bottle. If the urine backs up into the tubing it will stop draining. The drainage container can be hung on the side of the bed, or put in another container on the floor. A small wastebasket may be used for this purpose. Clean the tubing and bedside drainage collector every morning. Pour about 2 ounces of a vinegar-and-water solution into the emptied pouch that’s attached to the night drainage system. (Use 1 part of white vinegar to 3 parts of water.) Let it run out of the pouch, through the tubing, and into the collection container. Then pour it out and hang up the night drainage tubing so it can air dry.
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Our friends over at Nurses Specialized In Wound, Ostomy And Continence Canada [NSWOCC] (formerly called The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET)) have renamed their handy look-up page on their website. It was formerly called “Find An ET Nurse” and is now called “Find a NSWOC“. Click on the image to the left or link here to go to their site.