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Ostomy pouch, drainable; with barrier attached, (1 piece), each

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Name of the Procedure:

  • Common Name: Ostomy pouch change
  • Technical Term: Ostomy pouch, drainable; with barrier attached, (1 piece) (HCPCS: A5061)


An ostomy pouch change involves replacing a used drainable ostomy pouch with a new one that includes a barrier. This procedure is often part of routine care for individuals with a stoma, ensuring proper hygiene and function.


  • Medical Conditions: Used for patients who have undergone surgeries such as colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.
  • Goals: To maintain stoma health, prevent leakage, and ensure the patient's comfort and quality of life by providing an effective waste management solution.


  • Symptoms/Conditions: Patients with a stoma who need to manage bowel or urinary discharge.
  • Patient Criteria: Appropriate for individuals requiring regular stoma care and management.


  • Pre-procedure Instructions:
    • Clean the stoma area with water and mild soap.
    • Gather all necessary supplies (new pouch, barrier, adhesive remover, skin protective wipes).
  • Diagnostic Tests: None required specifically for the pouch change.

Procedure Description

  1. Step-by-Step:
    • Remove the used ostomy pouch carefully.
    • Clean the stoma and surrounding skin thoroughly.
    • Apply skin protective wipes to the area.
    • Fit the new one-piece drainable pouch with a barrier onto the stoma ensuring it is secure.
  2. Tools and Equipment: Ostomy pouch with barrier, adhesive remover, skin wipes.
  3. Anesthesia/Sedation: None required.


  • The procedure typically takes around 10-15 minutes.


  • The change can be performed at home, in a hospital, outpatient clinic, or surgical center.


  • The procedure can be performed by the patient, a caregiver, or healthcare professionals such as nurses.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Skin irritation, minor bleeding, discomfort during fitting.
  • Rare Risks: Severe skin infection, stoma complications.
  • Management: Proper hygiene and regular monitoring to prevent complications.


  • Expected Benefits: Improved comfort, better stoma hygiene, reduced risk of leakage.
  • Timing: Benefits are immediate upon proper fitting of the new pouch.


  • Post-procedure Care: Monitor the stoma site for signs of irritation or infection.
  • Recovery Time: Instant, as this is a routine maintenance procedure.
  • Restrictions: None, but the patient should follow regular stoma care guidelines.
  • Follow-up: Regular check-ups for stoma health, typically not required after each pouch change.


  • Options:
    • Two-piece ostomy systems, closed pouches, reusable pouches.
  • Pros and Cons:
    • Two-piece systems allow for separate replacement of pouches and barriers, which can be more flexible but potentially more complex to manage.
    • Closed pouches may need to be replaced more often depending on needs.

Patient Experience

  • During Procedure: Slight discomfort but generally not painful.
  • After Procedure: Immediate relief and return to daily activities. Pain is usually minimal; pain management is rarely necessary, but comfort measures such as ensuring a good fit and using recommended skin protectants can enhance the experience.

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