Elise Sørensen

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Elise Sørensen (Kalundborg, July 2, 1903 – Ordrup, July 5, 1977)[1] was a Danish nurse and the inventor of the colostomy bag.[2]

In 1954 her sister had an ostomy operation (a procedure that takes the end of the intestine out through the abdomen, allowing waste to exit via a surgically created stoma).[3] After the operation, Sørensen's sister was uncomfortable going outside due to fear that stoma might leak, due to the metal/glass capsules or fabric/rubber bags that people used at the time.[4][5]

Sørensen then created the world's first disposable ostomy bag attachable through an adhesive ring, very similar to the devices used today.[6]


  1. ^ "Dansk Kvindebiografisk Leksikon - Elise Sørensen". www.kvinfo.dk. 2003-05-15. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  2. ^ Fazio, Victor W.; Church, James M.; Wu, James S. (2012). Atlas of Intestinal Stomas. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 3. ISBN 9780387788500. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Elise Sørensen". gravsted.dk. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  4. ^ Coloplast. "Forward together with healthcare professionals everywhere". www.coloplast.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  5. ^ Stokowski, Laura A. (June 6, 2014). "Quiz: A Nurse Invented That? Inventiveness, Ingenuity, and Innovation in Nurses". Medscape. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  6. ^ "Sørensen, Elise". Guideservice Denmark.