I had home healthcare for 3 weeks and then went back into the hospital for another brief stay. Then after I had been home for a few days, I was back in the hospital. After that, I had home healthcare for another 3 weeks.
My problem now is that my stoma is and has been bleeding either at the top or the side. Yesterday and this morning, I had total leakage, I had to change everything. After getting cleaned up the third time, I accidentally stuck my fingernail in the side of the stoma and now it is bleeding. What do I do?
The second responder correctly stated that if the wafer hole is cut too tight, than it may cut your stoma, especially if the wafer you are using is not soft and is sharp when you cut it to fit. This is true if you have a stoma that protrudes at times and at others is more normal appearing, only 1/2" to 3/4" high. In this case, one needs to carefully note where the stoma begins and the skin ends. Basically this is at the discoloration line, or when the stoma appears more normal, not protruding.
John H. RN Enterostomal Therapist
Certified Wound & Ostomy Nurse CWON
in Graduate school for MSN education