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Ostomy Information and Care Guides

JavaScript Cycling Ads Note: Many of the documents available on this page, some in both English and Spanish, were produced originally by the United Ostomy Association (UOA), which was the national ostomy organization in the United States from 1962 to 2005, and was the predecessor to our organization (UOAA). Many of the documents that originated in UOA have been revised in their content and have been updated to include UOAA contact information. However, a few still include identifying markings from the old UOA.

We are most grateful to the WOCN for providing four items of interest to you. WOCN - the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society - is the professional society for specialist nurses who provide expert care for people living with stomas, wounds or continence situations. You can locate a certified WOC Nurse near you at their Nurse Referral Center.

America’s Leading Ostomy Magazine

The Phoenix MagazineThe Phoenix is America’s leading ostomy patient magazine providing colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy and continent diversion (J-pouch, Kock pouch, Indiana pouch, etc.) information, management techniques, new products and much more.

Each 72-page issue features professionally written, in-depth articles on topics new and experienced ostomy patients care about such as stories of recovery after colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy or continent diversionary surgery; ostomy care advice in Ask the Ostomy Nurse and Ask the Doctor and living a full life with an ostomy pouch (bag).

The Phoenix magazine is published quarterly – March, June, September and December. Annual subscriptions are $29.95 and two-year subscriptions are $49.95 (16.6% discount).

Your Complete Recovery From Ostomy Surgery. Learn the important steps you need to take to fully heal after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy surgery. Written by ostomy nurse Anita Prinz, RN, MSN, CWOCN. Read the complete article.

The Phoenix is the official publication of the United Ostomy Associations of America and half of each subscription directly supports the UOAA and is the main source of revenue for the national, non-profit ostomy support association.

Excerpts have been compiled from The Phoenix for new patients, by stoma type. These contain pertinent articles, Q&As and other material to inform new patients as well as introduce them to The Phoenix magazine:

General Information

What is an Ostomy, Pouching Systems, Psychosocial Issues
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Ostomy Supply Manufacturers & Distributors
Ostomate Bill of Rights
Ostomy Travel Tips
UOAA’s LIVING with an Ostomy Video
Ostomy Home Skills Kit from American College of Surgeons
(external link to American College of Surgeons website)
Swimming and Aquatic Therapy for Ostomates (pdf, 300 kB),
copied with permission from Aquatic Therapy Journal (defunct),
a publication of the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute

Colostomy

Colostomy Guide: In English
(24 pp, 195 kB)
En Español
(29 pp, 265 kB)
Guidebook, PDF format
Colostomy Facts: In English En Español Fact Sheet (web page)
Colostomy Irrigation: In English
(4 pp, 159 kB)
N/A Article by Debra Rooney
PDF format
Irrigation FAQs: In English
(13 pp, 83 kB)
N/A PDF document
Colostomy: Articles
for New Patients
In English
(48 pp, 2.7 MB)
N/A Articles from The Phoenix
PDF format

Ileostomy

Ileostomy Guide: In English
(29 pp, 162 kB)
En Español
(30 pp, 172 kB)
Guidebook, PDF format
Ileostomy Facts: In English En Español Fact Sheet (web page)
Ileostomy Blockage
Treatment Card:
In English
(2 pp, 68 kB)
N/A Reference Card, PDF
Ileostomy: Articles
for New Patients
In English
(44 pp, 2.7 MB)
N/A Articles from The Phoenix
PDF format

Ileostomy – Continent alternatives

Ileoanal Reservoir
(J-Pouch) Guide:
In English
(29 pp, 389 kB)
En Español
(31 pp, 590 kB)
Guidebook, PDF format
Surgical Options for
Bowel Diversion:
In English
(2 pp, 256 kB)
N/A Brochure, PDF format
Continent Diversion:
Articles for the New
Patient
In English
(20 pp, 597 kB)
N/A Articles from The Phoenix
PDF format

Urostomy

Urostomy Guide: In English
(25 pp, 162 kB)
En Español
(24 pp, 118 kB)
Guidebook, PDF format
Urostomy Facts: In English En Español Fact Sheet (web page)
Urostomy: Articles
for New Patients
In English
(36 pp, 2.0 MB)
N/A Articles from The Phoenix
PDF format

Urostomy – Continent alternatives

Continent
Urostomy Guide:
In English
(21 pp, 195 kB)
En Español
(25 pp, 246 kB)
Guidebook, PDF format
Surgical Options for
Bladder Diversion:
In English
(2 pp, 228 kB)
N/A Brochure, PDF format
Continent Diversion:
Articles for the New
Patient
In English
(20 pp, 597 kB)
N/A Articles from The Phoenix
PDF format

Sexuality

Intimacy, Sexuality
and an Ostomy:
In English
(22 pp, 237 kB)
En Español
(16 pp, 91 kB)
Guidebook, PDF format
Sex and the Male
Ostomate:
In English En Español Fact Sheet (web page)
Sex and the Female
Ostomate:
In English En Español Fact Sheet (web page)
Sex and the Single
Ostomate:
In English En Español Fact Sheet (web page)

Diet & Nutrition

Diet & Nutrition
Guide:
In English
(21 pp, 119 kB)
En Español
(22 pp, 99 kB)
Guidebook, PDF format
Ostomate’s Food
Reference Chart:
In English
(1 pp, 29 kB)
N/A Reference Card, PDF
Ileostomy Blockage
Treatment Card:
In English
(2 pp, 68 kB)
N/A Reference Card, PDF

Miscellaneous Brochures (all in PDF format)

So You Have or Will
Have an Ostomy:
In English
(2 pp, 148 kB)
        N/A        

Patient Information from WOCN (English only, all in PDF format)

Basic Ostomy Skin Care (16 pp, 648 kB)
Convex Pouching Systems (6 pp, 265 kB)
Discharge Planning (2 pp, 68 kB)
Preoperative Stoma Marking (4 pp, 118 kB)