Glossary

Closed end pouch Closed End Pouch
A pouch with no opening at the bottom and when stool has filled 1/2 of the pouch it is removed and discarded.
colostomy_illustration_0.jpg Colostomy
A surgically created opening in the colon.
Convex skin barrier Convex Skin Barrier
A skin barrier that has an outward rounded adhesive that can be used to flatten creases in the peristomal area or to help a stoma protrude above the skin level.
Cut-to-fit skin barrier pouch Cut-to-Fit Skin Barrier 
Cut-to-fit is a skin barrier that can be customized to a desired size and shape. It's ideal for stomas that are not round or stomas that are still changing size, for example when healing after surgery.

Drainable Pouch
A drainable pouch has an opening at the bottom so that the wearer may empty it. An integrated closure system or plastic clamp is used to keep the pouch closed until it's time to empty. 
End colostomy End colostomy
An end colostomy is where the end of the colon is attached to the skin. 
End ileostomy End ileostomy
An end colostomy is where the end of the small intestine is attached to the skin. 
Filter Filter
A filter integrated into the ostomy pouch allows the passage of gas from the ostomy pouch but not odor. This is a feature that is available in some pouches, but not all.
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A flange is the plastic ring in a two-piece pouching system.  The flange connects the skin barrier and the pouch together. 
ileostomy_illustration_0.jpg Ileostomy
A surgically created opening into the ileum.
Loop colostomy Loop colostomy
The side of the colon is brought to the abdomen and attached to the skin using sutures. A small red rubber support bridge is placed around the intestine until the stoma heals to the skin. There are two openings in a loop ileostomy, one that will drain stool and the other that will lead down to an area of the GI tract that is healing or needs to be bypassed. Most loop colostomies are temporary. 
Loop ileostomy Loop ileostomy
The side of the small intestine is brought to the abdomen and attached to the skin using sutures. A small red rubber support bridge is placed around the intestine until the stoma heals to the skin. There are two openings in a loop ileostomy, one that will drain stool and the other that will lead down to an area of the GI tract that is healing or needs to be bypassed. Most loop ileostomies are temporary. 
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An artificially created opening that drains stool or urine.
Pre-sized skin barrier Pre-sized Skin Barrier
A skin barrier that is already cut to the proper size. 
Stoma Stoma
A surgically created opening connected to the gastrointestinal or urinary tract. Also known as an ostomy. The stoma is pink and moist and has no feeling. 
calendar_icon1_0.jpg Wear time
Wear time is the length of time a product can be worn before failure (leakage). Wear time varies widely based upon a variety of factors.
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A nurse specialist certified in wound ostomy and continence care and can provide care to patients with ostomies, wounds and continence issues.