Tips for Preventing Ostomy Leaks
Clean skin well with soap and water and dry well - no lotion or lotion soap around stoma area!
DO NOT use skin prep! The prep prevents the barrier and ring or paste from melding with the skin. It used to be recommended, but not with today's products.
Cut the barrier, peel off plastic on barrier, and let it sit for a few minutes before applying. Do this also with the ring.
Use rings instead of paste. If you have to use the paste, put a thin layer around the cut barrier device and let it set for a few minutes before applying. Remember, the paste is not a glue. Overuse will cause a leak, not help prevent it!
When the barrier is placed over the stoma, have the patient hold their hand over it for a couple of minutes. The warmth of the hand will help it seal. You can use your own hand if the patient is unable to.
Hope these tips help