Ordering and storing ileostomy 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 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”).
- What is an ileostomy?
- How your digestive system works
- Types of ileostomies
- Managing your ileostomy
- Choosing an ileostomy pouching system
- Emptying and changing the ileostomy pouching system
- Ordering and storing ileostomy supplies
- Caring for an ileostomy
- Avoiding and managing ileostomy problems
- If you are hospitalized while you have an ileostomy
- Living with an ileostomy
- Telling others about your ileostomy
- What to wear when you have an ileostomy
- Eating and digestion with a ileostomy
- Returning to work after getting an ileostomy
- Intimacy and sexuality when you have an ileostomy
- Playing sports and staying active with an ileostomy
- Traveling when you have an ileostomy
- For parents of children with ileostomies
- Getting help, information, and support
- To learn more
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