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Ostomy pouch, drainable; without barrier attached (1 piece), each

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Name of the Procedure:

Ostomy Pouch, Drainable; Without Barrier Attached (1 Piece) - HCPCS Code: A5062


An ostomy pouch is a device used to collect waste from a stoma, which is an opening created surgically on the abdominal wall to allow waste to exit the body. This specific type is a one-piece, drainable pouch without an attached barrier.


This ostomy pouch is designed for individuals who have undergone a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy surgery. It serves to collect waste effectively, ensuring that the patient can manage their waste disposal comfortably and hygienically.


  • Patients with surgically created stomas
  • Those requiring a drainable option for managing high-output stomas
  • Individuals needing a convenient and effective waste collection system without an attached barrier


Patients should receive comprehensive training on how to use and manage ostomy pouches. No special fasting or medication adjustments are typically required solely for using the pouch. However, maintaining good stoma hygiene and monitoring stoma output is essential.

Procedure Description

  1. Clean the Stoma Area: Use mild soap and water to clean around the stoma.
  2. Dry the Skin: Ensure the skin is thoroughly dried to enhance adhesion.
  3. Apply the Pouch: Align the pouch opening with the stoma and press firmly to ensure it adheres securely.
  4. Secure the Pouch: Ensure there is no leakage and that the pouch is properly closed and sealed.

The pouch can be emptied as needed, using the drainage opening at the bottom.


This process typically takes a few minutes, depending on patient experience and dexterity.


This procedure is usually done at home by the patient or their caregiver. Initial training may be conducted in a hospital or outpatient clinic.


Primarily the patient, though initial education and training may be provided by:

  • Ostomy/wound care nurses
  • General practitioners or surgeons

Risks and Complications

  • Skin irritation or allergic reactions
  • Leaks due to poor adhesion or improper application
  • Discomfort if the pouch is not positioned correctly


  • Effective waste management for stoma patients
  • Improved comfort and hygiene
  • Enhanced quality of life by allowing for discreet waste collection


Routine use requires consistent care and monitoring. Patients should regularly inspect the stoma and skin for any signs of irritation or infection. Follow-up appointments with healthcare providers are essential for continued care and management.


  • Two-piece ostomy systems where the barrier and pouch are separate
  • Closed pouches for less frequent waste discharge

Pros of Alternatives:

  • Customizable and potentially more secure with two-piece systems
  • Convenient for those who do not require frequent emptying (closed pouches)

Cons of Alternatives:

  • May involve more steps and be more complex to manage
  • Could be less convenient for high-output stomas

Patient Experience

Initially, patients may feel apprehensive or uncomfortable managing their pouches. With time and proper training, they typically become adept. Discomfort can be minimized with good adhesive products and skin-friendly materials. Healthcare providers can offer pain management solutions and additional support as necessary.

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