Our device started life on a hospital transplant ward. I woke up went to feel my stomach and came across my stoma bag. As part of my bowel transplant I had to have an ileostomy. It took me about 3 weeks to actually look at my stoma and then another week to pluck up the courage to change the bag.
Once that was accomplished I got used to emptying and changing by bag/pouch. However I soon realised that it wasn’t quite as simple as pressing a call bell and asking a nurse to help. Output would occur without much notice and that led to leaks and even overflows especially at night. In addition my transplant team wanted me to track the volume of output and the timing. All of this led to 2am showers due to overflows and emptying my bag in to measuring jugs.
There had to be an alternative way except I could not find it. So with the help of the internet I started buying a few spare parts and working out how I could improve my own life.
That was how Ostom-i™was conceived and a proto type developed. From the hospital bed to this point has taken a great deal of hard work but I am proud of what we have achieved. I hope that our device helps make your life as an ostomy patient that little bit easier.