Ostomy belts are devices that wrap around the abdomen, protecting and supporting the weight of an ostomy appliance. For patients who have a colostomy, urostomy, or ileostomy, an ostomy belt is one of the must-have accessories that can aid in keeping an ostomy pouching system snug against the abdomen to prevent potential leakage. Correct ostomy belt-positioning offers proper comfort and support. Ostomy belts are a compulsory thing to have when caring for a stoma. They come in different sizes, styles, and textures, it is very essential to use the right size with the proper positioning of the belt to avoid ulcers and skin irritations. Here are some tips for correct ostomy belt-positioning;
An ostomy belt should be worn above the belt level. It should be located on the side of the pouching system. Hence, an ostomy belt should be positioned at a 3 and 9 o’clock position in order to ensure proper use and also create a natural plane of support around the waist. You can engage in different lifestyle leisure activities such as; dancing, running, swimming and even exercises without having to worry about a thing. See here for your Stoma Dome protector.
- Must not be too tight
The ostomy belt must not be too tight or snug as this can disorient the pouch and cause it to pop off or cause leakage from the side of the pouch where the belt tabs are. You’re advised to use proper tension when wrapping it around your abdomen. With the belt wrapped around your body, you should be able to comfortably slide two fingers between the belt and your skin. Excessive tension may cause the belt to irritate the skin of the user around the side or the back. It is advised to use a soft material around the ostomy belt to avoid this fictional trauma.
- Should not be higher or lower than the belt tab
If the ostomy belt is positioned higher or lower than the belt tab it can lead to a pouch drag. Hence, damaging the peristomal area with ulcerations. Ensure secure and proper placement of your ostomy belt when putting on.
- Ostomy belt lifespan
The belt lasts for up to 3 months, it is very durable and long-lasting. However, avoid using hot water to cleanse the belt because it will break down the elastic. The same thing is prone to happen when using a dryer on your belt.
Ostomy patients are strongly advised to wear the belt every day as a precautionary measure. Some benefits of wearing an Ostomy belt correctly include;
- Help reduce noises produced from the pouch while moving around
- Helps reduce spillage and leakage of the pouch that might occur due to physical movement.
- Provides better comfort and security
- Helps with the patients confidence when moving around
- Protects parastomal and incisional hernias from recurring after surgery repair by providing extra wound support.
In conclusion, wearing an ostomy belt correctly has its many benefits. As a patient in need of the belt, after reading this you ought to know how to properly use your belt and how to care for it.