Stickers AKA Filter Labels
As part of writing the piece on ostomy support, I joined a few of the groups I researched and one of the most common questions that I saw on my feed from a variety of those groups was what are the sheet of stickers that comes in the box with the bags? As I sit here I really can’t remember what my first thoughts were when I unpacked that first pack of ostomy supplies and saw those stickers but I’m sure it was something like the masses, what are they for and how do I use them.
Over the years I thought I had it worked out, if there were stickers in the box then the filter on the bag wasn’t waterproof and needed a cover while swimming or taking a shower if you wanted it to continue working at full capacity. But again thanks to a comment in one of the support groups, I actually read the flyer that came in the box and found that with my particular bags, the stickers AKA filter labels are to keep gas in. Go figure… I must be honest and say, to keep water out or keep gas in. I used them for about two years intermittently, saw no real difference, possibly because once I put them on I always forgot to take them off and have never used them since. I did, however, years later find a bundle of them in my arts and crafts box. My mother like many helped while I was in and out of the hospital. When cleaning up one time she must have thought that’s where they belonged.
So that got me to thinking and I would love to hear your responses below. Does anyone actually read the information leaflets in the box? Is the filter label to keep the gas in just with my bag type or is this now common across the suppliers? Do you use the sticker? If so do you find it helps? Do you remember to take it off again? And lastly, why would anyone want to keep gas in? I try to avoid ballooning and I can honestly say that in the ten years I’ve had a stoma I’ve never had any smells escape from my filter. Burping the bag is a whole different ball game, one I shall discuss along with ballooning another day.
Don’t forget to post your comments below.
Great comment from a FB Support Group Member.
“Stick them over the filter of your bag (under the top flap) if you need to keep some air in. I use them because I get bad pancaking (when the output stays at the top of the bag and squashes down rather than sliding down the bag). Keeping some air in the bag helps the output to move down to its proper place!” Alice