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100% accuracy at time of writing cannot be guaranteed.  A listing in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and does not mean it is an endorsement.  All companies listed are tried at the reader’s own risk.  All information provided is intended as a supplement to any professional help already

given.  Before acting on suggestions from anyone, ostomates are advised to check with a doctor or stoma care nurse that the course of action is suitable

for them. Whilst every care is taken, the author will not be held responsible.


OUT & ABOUT








When travelling, plan a car journey with sufficient comfort stops at places that have adequate toilet facilities.  Most roadside cafés, restaurants, motorway service stations, hotels, etc. have public access toilets.  In case of an unexpected long traffic jam, some urostomates place an old plastic pop bottle in the car to cover any emergencies.  Also, have a toilet card should it be needed.




Generally, it is important not to keep ostomy supplies in the glove compartment, on the back window ledge or in the car boot on a permanent basis.  Extreme heat or cold can damage the flanges.  However, especially on a long journey, it can be handy to keep a night drainage bag in a carrier bag in the glove compartment, in case a urostomate needs to empty a bag, when as a passenger, there is a delay due to traffic conditions.  Subsequent problems could be avoided by discreetly attaching the night drainage bag.


Ensure that a seat belt sits across the hip bone and the pelvis - not the abdomen and stoma.  Car accessory shops stock a number of products that make seat belts more comfortable and give the stoma protection.  These products allow the seat belt to be locked in a secure position, which reduces the tension without affecting the operation of the seat belt.   The seat belt will release instantly when required.

CAR JOURNEYS








It is very useful for an ostomate to carry a bottle of water or other soft drink, when travelling around.  A flask of coffee or similar not only reduces costs at motorway service stations, it means that fewer comfort stops are necessary by drinking a little at a time (if not driving), rather than a very large cup of coffee all in one go.


DRINKS








Some ostomates prefer to wear an item of medical alert jewellery as an added security precaution,

when generally out and about, or when travelling longer distances at home or abroad.  This jewellery has a ‘locket like’ compartment to hold written information regarding medical conditions, surgery, etc.


Doctors and pharmacists may also be able to provide relevant information.

MEDICAL ALERT JEWELLERY


Lifestyle/Out & About/Toilet Cards








This card alleviates what could be an awkward situation, when ostomates are searched by doormen or security personnel at such places as nightclubs, etc.  The card should encourage security personnel to act more discreetly, if a search is necessary.  For further information about these nightclub cards or to obtain a card, contact Dansac.

NIGHTCLUB CARDS








From time to time, in different areas, open days are organised by stoma care nurses working with the NHS, stoma product manufacturers/suppliers or by one of the major stoma support organisations, e.g. the Colostomy Association.  


These are particularly useful for many reasons.  Firstly, it gives ostomates the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other ostomates.  On many occasions, representatives from manufacturers of stoma care products and accessories attend, and therefore ostomates can keep up-to-date with product information, request free product samples, etc.  Obtaining free samples can be very beneficial, since it allows patients to try different products in the privacy of their own home.  Stoma care nurses may also be available to offer support, so that people are able to gain more knowledge about stoma care.  Following this, ostomates may also have the added treat of gaining free entry into a garden, museum, or other attraction, depending on the venue of the open day.


Some companies and associations, who offer these open days, and a list of the upcoming events, are:


CliniMed

Colostomy Association

Hollister

 

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