Ordering and storing colostomy supplies
Keep all your supplies together on a shelf, in a drawer, or in a box in a dry area away from moisture and hot or cold temperatures.
Order supplies a few weeks before you expect them to run out to allow enough time for delivery. But don’t stockpile supplies – they can be ruined by moisture and temperature changes.
To order pouches, skin barriers, and other ostomy products, you’ll need the manufacturer’s name and product numbers. Supplies may be ordered from a mail order company, from a medical supply store, or from a local pharmacy. If you want to order supplies online, talk with your ostomy nurse about reputable dealers who can supply you with what you need. You’ll also want to check with your health insurance to be sure that they work with the company in question. You may want to compare prices when using mail order and the Internet (remember to include shipping costs). For information and help ordering, try contacting a local ostomy nurse or the product manufacturer, check your local phone book’s business pages, or check the Internet (try searching for “ostomy supplies”).
In its original form this document was written by the United Ostomy Association, Inc. (1962-2005) and reviewed by Jan Clark, RNET, CWOCN and Peg Grover, RNET. It has since been modified and updated by:
Last Medical Review: December 2, 2014 Last Revised: December 2, 2014
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- Choosing a colostomy pouching system
- Changing the colostomy pouching system
- Colostomy irrigation (for descending and sigmoid colostomies only)
- Ordering and storing colostomy supplies
- Caring for a colostomy
- Avoiding and managing colostomy problems
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- Living with a colostomy
- Telling others about your colostomy
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- What to wear when you have a colostomy
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