Fecal pouch emptying
When should I empty the pouch?
To prevent leaking, empty it when it is 1/3 full of stool or gas. Do not allow overfilling.
How do I empty the pouch?
- The person can sit on the toilet or have a container or diaper nearby to empty stool into. Or if using a pouch with a spout, you can use a syringe to draw the stool out of the pouch.
- Hold the tail of pouch up and push stool away from the clip.
- Remove the clip and save.
- Empty the contents of the pouch into the toilet or container.
- Using toilet paper, clean remaining stool from the edges of the pouch.
- Apply pouch deodorant as needed.
- Apply the clip.
Who should I call for help?
Call the wound ostomy continence nurse (WOCN) if:
- skin is irritated (red, itchy)
- bumps appear around the stoma
- there is repeated leakage around the pouch or skin barrier
- skin around the stoma is bulging
- stoma appears to be getting longer
Call the doctor if:
- child has cramps combined with little or no stool output
- stoma bleeds more than expected
- stoma turns dark or bluish
This is not specific to your child, but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call your clinic.
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Last reviewed by WOCN 8/2015
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