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Ostomy absorbent material (sheet/pad/crystal packet) for use in ostomy pouch to thicken liquid stomal output, each

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Name of the Procedure:

Ostomy Absorbent Material (Sheet/Pad/Crystal Packet)
Common Terms: Ostomy absorbent material, ostomy thickening packet
Technical/Medical Terms: A4422, thickening agent for liquid stomal output


Ostomy absorbent materials, available as sheets, pads, or crystal packets, are used inside ostomy pouches. These materials help to thicken liquid stomal output, making the contents more manageable and reducing the risk of leakage and skin irritation.


Ostomy absorbent materials address issues related to loose or liquid stomal output from ostomies, such as colostomies or ileostomies. The main goals are to:

  • Manage liquid output by thickening it
  • Reduce the risk of leakage from the ostomy pouch
  • Minimize skin irritation and infection around the stoma
  • Improve the comfort and confidence of ostomy patients


  • Patients with an ostomy who experience frequent liquid output
  • Conditions including but not limited to: ileostomy, colostomy, urostomy
  • Patients with recurring skin irritation or leakage problems


  • No special preparation is required, but it’s advisable to ensure the ostomy pouch is clean and dry.
  • It's recommended to have an ample supply of absorbent materials ready for use.
  • Patients should be properly instructed on how to use the products.

Procedure Description

  1. Preparation: Ensure the ostomy pouch is clean and dry.
  2. Application: Place the absorbent sheet, pad, or open the crystal packet and insert it directly into the ostomy pouch.
  3. Adjustment: Ensure the absorbent material is appropriately positioned to avoid contact with the stoma directly.
  4. Closure: Seal the ostomy pouch as per the usual procedure.

No specialized tools or sedation are required for this procedure.


The application of ostomy absorbent materials generally takes a few minutes.


This procedure can be performed at any location:

  • At home
  • In a hospital or outpatient clinic


  • Typically managed by the patient or a caregiver
  • Healthcare professionals such as ostomy nurses may provide guidance and initial instruction.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Minimal to none typically associated, primarily involves material effectiveness.
  • Rare Risks: Potential allergic reaction to absorbent material components, blockage if not changed appropriately.


  • Immediate thickening of liquid output
  • Reduced risks of leakage and skin issues
  • Enhanced comfort and confidence in managing ostomy


  • No specific recovery is required.
  • Patients should follow normal pouch-changing routines.
  • Monitor stoma and surrounding skin for any signs of irritation or reaction.


  • Changing diet to reduce liquid output
  • Using different types or brands of ostomy pouches
  • Medications to manage stoma output consistency Pros: Direct control over liquid output, non-invasive.
    Cons: Less immediate effect compared to absorbent materials.

Patient Experience

Patients can expect:

  • Easier management of ostomy output
  • Improved confidence with reduced leakage risks
  • Minimal discomfort with proper use Pain Management: Usually no pain is associated with using absorbent materials. Comfort Measures: Ensuring correct application and regular changing as per output needs.

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