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Appliance cleaner, incontinence and ostomy appliances, per 16 oz.

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Appliance Cleaner for Incontinence and Ostomy Appliances
Common Name(s): Incontinence Appliance Cleaner, Ostomy Appliance Cleaner
Technical/Medical Term: A5131 - Appliance cleaner for incontinence and ostomy appliances, per 16 oz.


Appliance cleaner is a specialized cleaning solution designed to thoroughly clean and disinfect incontinence and ostomy appliances. It ensures that these medical devices remain sanitary and safe for continued use by removing residues and bacteria.


The primary purpose of this cleaner is to maintain hygiene and prevent infections associated with the usage of incontinence and ostomy appliances. Clean appliances help in avoiding skin irritations, infections, and unpleasant odors.


  • Patients utilizing ostomy bags, catheters, or similar incontinence appliances.
  • Individuals experiencing frequent contamination or residue buildup on medical appliances.
  • To prevent infections or skin irritations associated with appliance usage.


  • Familiarize yourself with the cleaning instructions for your specific appliance.
  • Have the cleaning solution (A5131) and necessary cleaning tools ready (e.g., soft cloth, gloves).
  • Empty and properly dispose of any waste from the appliance prior to cleaning.

Procedure Description

  1. Prepare: Gather the appliance cleaner and cleaning tools in a clean, dry space.
  2. Empty Appliance: Carefully empty the ostomy bag or incontinence appliance.
  3. Dismantle: If possible, disassemble the appliance to reach all parts.
  4. Apply Cleaner: Pour a small amount of the appliance cleaner onto a soft cloth or directly on the appliance.
  5. Clean: Gently scrub all surfaces of the appliance, paying close attention to areas with buildup or residue.
  6. Rinse: Rinse the appliance thoroughly with water to remove any remaining cleaner.
  7. Air Dry: Allow the appliance to air dry completely before reassembly and reuse.


The cleaning process typically takes around 10-15 minutes, depending on the complexity and size of the appliance.


This procedure is generally performed at home, though it can also be done in a clinical setting if assistance is needed.


Patients or their caregivers are usually responsible for carrying out this procedure. No specialized medical personnel are typically required.

Risks and Complications

  • Skin Irritation: If residue from the cleaner remains on the appliance.
  • Allergic Reactions: Rare, but possible if sensitive to the cleaner’s ingredients.
  • Ineffective Cleaning: Can lead to infection if not properly cleaned.


  • Hygiene Maintenance: Keeps appliances clean and reduces the risk of infection.
  • Odor Control: Helps in neutralizing any unpleasant smells.
  • Durability: Regular cleaning extends the life of the appliance.


  • There is no recovery period associated with cleaning the appliances.
  • Follow regular daily routines for appliance maintenance.
  • Ensure clean and dry storage for the appliances post-cleaning.


  • Hand Soap and Water: Can be used but may not be as effective.
  • Disposable Wipes: Convenient but might not clean as thoroughly.
  • Vinegar Solutions: Natural alternative, though less effective against strong residues.

Patient Experience

Patients will find the cleaning process straightforward and can perform it as part of their daily hygiene routine. Proper appliance care is crucial for comfort and health, and using the cleaner will help avoid irritation and infections. Pain management is not necessary for this procedure, and comfort measures include ensuring the appliance is completely rinsed and dried to prevent skin contact with any cleaner residue.

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