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Stoma care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cleaning and caring for your stoma is a daily routine and it is important to do this hygienically. A step-by-step guide is provided to help you set up a good routine.

Prepare the area and set up the space:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Designate an area solely for stoma care.
  3. Clean all the surface areas within your designated area with an antibacterial cleanser.
  4. Clean any objects you may touch and use, such as a torch and mirror with a disinfectant wipe.
  5. Set the space up for all the products you are going to need on one side – this will be the ’clean area’. Place a lint-free wipe or tissue on the surface if needed and use clean containers for your products and equipment.
  6. On the opposite side set up the ’dirty area’ for used products. Use containers or bowls lined with a tissue or paper towel to collect your used products for disposal and dirty equipment for cleaning.
  7. Wash your hands.

Follow your normal stoma care routine:

Open and place the new devices and clean equipment you are planning to use in the clean area.

  1. Remove the products from the stoma as usual and place on the ‘dirty side’.
  2. Wash your hands and proceed to clean the stoma.
  3. Clean any devices you will need such as a tube or button, use disposable swabs if possible and apply lubricant (if needed) with a disposable swab. Put the clean tube or button in the ‘clean area’ and the swabs in the ‘dirty area’.
  4. Wash your hands.
  5. Apply your products as usual.
  6. Place all used items from the ’dirty area’ into a bag and place in the bin for disposal.
  7. Clean all equipment that you have used and place in clean sealed container.


Hennessy M, Bann D, Patel V, Saadi R, Krempl G, Deschler D, et al. A Commentary on the Management of Total Laryngectomy Patients. Special Collection: COVID-19 Preprints: Authorea; 2020.

Coronavirus outbreak and how laryngectomee and neck breathers can prevent getting the infection. Posted by Itzhak Brook MD, 25th January 2020 on

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