Patients with colon cancer or intestinal tract diseases can’t control defecation, that’s why many of them have to perform ostomy. After surgery, patients often have excessive abdominal pressure, not to say the inconvenience brought to their lives. Living with a pouch simply stops patients from socializing.
To reduce the physical and psychological burden on patients, we adapted self-care appliances for ostomy patients. To be specific, we make pouches lighter, more comfortable, and of course, keep a low profile. Wearing a pouch will no longer draw attention on the street. By monitoring patients and an intelligent reminder system, hopefully, we can make them reach out to people again.
For ostomy patients, using core muscles in their daily life may cause many complications due to excessive abdominal pressure. Also, they usually have to concern about ostomy pouch overload and falling off. The method of wearing an ostomy pouch is different from before. Colson girdle could fix the pouch to the stoma by tight and press. To avoid parastomal-hernia and become more comfortable, on the girdle, there’s a plat around the stoma and sponges at the waists. There’s a supporting bag in front of the girdle to scatter the weight of the ostomy pouch.
Using curvature and weight detector on the supporting bag, patients can be clear about the amount of the feces and whether the patients have flatulence. Connecting smartwatch and smartphone so that it can record their defecation cycle and remind patients about their defecation situation by big data while they’re exercising, sleeping, or doing other things. Simultaneously, diet affects their defecation directly, thus, the app also records their diet to make patients figure out what food is affecting their defecation and exhaust.
Because of uncontrollable defecation, Ostomy patients need to carry lots of supplies when going out. It could weaken their willingness to go out. To be easier to go out, colson carrying-bag features the lightweight and quickly unfolded design, and its size is suitable for putting into another bag. As a result, the patients can directly bring all the supplies in a carrying-bag, even changing a bag would not forget anything. When the patients need to replace the pouch outside, the bag can hang on the handrail in the accessible restroom by velcro. They can pick up what they need at a convenient spot and choose what to use intuitively.
For most people, it’s not easy to get back their life after their bodies undergo a huge change and that’s why a lot of people are afraid of ostomy surgery. We hope that our design can make the quality of their life better, let them communicate with others, and do any activities they want. At the same time, we also look forward to anyone who needs an ostomy could accept it and everybody can understand more about stoma.