Many people with bed rest illness experience great discomfort when it comes to the toilet. There are a number of diseases that do not allow a person to move freely, and even more so, to move far from the bed. Postoperative patients for a certain time must comply with bed rest, especially those who have just left or are still under anesthesia.
Vessels and trays tend to be inconvenient for both patients and nurses. First of all, it is necessary to remember not only the physical well-being of the patient, but also his psychological state. Discomfort, embarrassment that an outsider will be present at such a piquant moment - bring great inconvenience.
The use of a device as simple as a colostomy bag can eliminate discomfort and make the work of medical staff easier. However, this device is not recommended for independent use by the patient, like other toiletries. The colostomy bag helps reduce the spread of bacteria from faeces, keeping bedding and the wearer sterile.
Why do I need a colostomy bag?
An ostomy bag refers to toilets with access for bedding. In the past, bedridden patients defecated primarily in a litter box, vessel, chair box, or other similar device. The colostomy bag is designed to provide a very humane and comfortable way to carry out hygiene for bedridden patients during body destabilization, increased defecation. This greatly facilitates the work capacity of the nursing staff, the discomfort in the use of small chairs and other body mountings suitable for the recumbent patient. In addition, many bedside care facilities do not have the necessary equipment that is convenient to use.
Modern colostomy bags aim to overcome the above shortcomings by basically providing a toilet to address the existing needs of outpatients without resorting to the use of a vessel or tray. This is a bed rest treatment for defecation that does not interfere with the patient's comfort, cause embarrassment, or create other issues.
What is a colostomy bag?
An outdoor pouch is an ordinary small pouch that has an adhesive backing. It can be disposable or reusable. Older models are still being used in nursing homes. The stationary model of the colostomy bag contains the following parts:
- lower frame;
- faeces box;
- leg supports;
- pin locks;
- push-in slots;
- hanging handles.
Insert slots are located on both sides at the rear end of the bottom frame, brackets are installed in the insert slots, pins are located on the brackets, footrests are installed in the upper parts of the brackets, feces box placed at the back of the bottom frame, the handle and hanging handles are installed on the feces box, and the hip pad is placed at the front of the bottom frame.
What does an ostomy bag look like?
There are several types of colostomy bags. Some are designed for stationary use, others for an active lifestyle. The second option is very simple, it resembles a small bag that is attached to the lower back. The stationary device has a simple structure, the colostomy bag is easy to use, for patients who lie in bed, this device is as simple as possible and does not cause difficulties. The colostomy bag does not require the use of great physical force. The faeces collector is flexible, convenient and quick to use. This greatly helps during the operation and facilitates the labor intensity of the work of nurses. The device is especially important for working with faeces receiving anorectal medical examination and for patients lying in homes, hospitals, homes for the elderly, etc. Stationary devices have become much less common, since disposable or reusable bags are much more convenient and can be use even while going outside.
The correct connection of the parts of the colostomy bag includes: chassis, box, handle, footrest, stand. On both sides of the rear there is a chassis with two symmetrical slots and two symmetrical brackets in the slot on the bracket with pin lock - they support the top secure support. Next is placed the case, placed in a box, then equipped with handles and mounting brackets, the front of the case has a place to accommodate the hips. The structure of the device is simple, it is convenient to access the toilet. This is a real find for a patient with bed rest.
The use of an ostomy bag - basic rules
It should always be remembered that this is an invasive procedure and should only be performed when necessary as part of individual patient care. It is very important that the patient gives valid consent for this procedure. Each patient is evaluated on an individual basis as they have their own bowel regimen. Manipulation is observed when necessary, after planning care in consultation with the patient. The colostomy bag must be installed by a guardian or nurse.
This procedure must be carried out by trained Registered Nurses, Auxiliary Nurses, Health Assistants, who have passed a special session and received permission to perform the procedure.
The colostomy bag is a good alternative to standard faecal collection methods. This takes into account the individual needs of each patient. This method of hygienic procedures does not necessitate further processing of the patient. Many private clinics prefer to use colostomy bags. A variety of models allows you to make a choice based on the individual needs of the patient.