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J. DeWitt Fox, M.D.; Brock E. Brush, M.D.
JAMA. 1954;156(15):1398-1399. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950150020006.
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Surgical techniques in performing ileostomy and colostomy have advanced in recent years, but little change has been made in the design of devices for the postoperative comfort of patients undergoing these operations. There are several features that any device should have for collecting the fecal stream from an ileostomy or colostomy stoma. They are: 1. The device should be easily applied. 2. It should be light in weight. 3. It should not be bulky enough to distort the body contour or bulge through clothing. 4. It should be odorless. 5. It should have no irritating properties to macerate or irritate the skin of the abdomen around the ileostomy or colostomy stoma. 6. It should be easy to empty or dispose. These ideal features have been only partially met by the popular rubber-type commercial ileostomy and colostomy bags, and a continuing search is being made to develop an ideal device. The


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