May 19: Find Out What's Happening In The Ostomy Community This Week

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Each week we’ll skim the interwebs for the latest news and headlines. It’s a chance to get inspired, discover what’s happening and stay connected to the ostomy community. Check out these top stories of the week, including this thought for today:

“Having an ostomy is a beautiful thing.”

– Jason McIntosh

Today Is World IBD Day

World IBD Day is observed on May 19th as a day to raise awareness led by patient organizations representing 38 countries on four continents to unite in their fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. You can help promote this global campaign on social media using the hashtags: #unitedwestand2017 and #worldibdday2017.

B. Braun To Introduce High Output System At WOCN Conference

B. Braun Medical Inc. will introduce the Flow Collector™ as part of the B. Braun High Output System at the 49th annual Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Conference next week. The Flow Collector is designed to easily and securely connect to B. Braun’s Flexima® High Output Pouches. Read more on

Honoring Ostomates Worldwide In Law Enforcement

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. We’d like to honor ostomates worldwide in the law enforcement community by sharing a post from

Today is @WorldibdDay spreading awareness by

— Colitis Cop (@ColitisCop) May 18, 2017

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HealthTrust Awards Hollister Incorporated Ostomy Contract

Hollister Incorporated has been awarded a sourcing contract by HealthTrust to provide ostomy products to its member organizations. “HealthTrust conducted a review and recognized that Hollister ostomy products and services address the individual needs of clinicians and patients. We look forward to working with HealthTrust and bringing our innovative products and services to those who need them most,” said Carolin Archibald, vice president, North America for Hollister Incorporated. Read more on

Celebrate Ostomates Who Cycle During The Month Of May

May is National Bike Month and today is National Bike To Work Day! The perfect time to get out and ride with your family, co-workers and friends. Cycling means many things to people in the ostomy community, so we wanted to highlight a few of those ostomates this #BikeMonth.

Feature image courtesy of Matt Newman, The Ostomy Cycle.

Study: Long-Term Outcomes After Continent Ileostomy In Crohn's Disease

Patients with Crohn’s disease have a higher failure rate after ileal pouch surgery compared with their counterparts with ulcerative colitis according to a research study lead by Dr. Erman Aytac. His team concludes, "Outcomes of continent ileostomy in patients with Crohn’s disease are poor, regardless of the timing of diagnosis." Read more on

Cancer Patient At Bursting Point Over Colostomy Bags

Jacqui Davies of Eketahun, a rural town in the North Island of New Zealand, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015 which resulted in colostomy surgery. She faced challenges getting the right ostomy supplies that fit her needs and felt it was necessary to speak up for those who might be going through the same thing. Read more on Stuff New Zealand.

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