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Which Skin Barrier Is The Right One For Me?
Keeping your peristomal (around the stoma) skin healthy is important for your health and comfort. This skin can become irritated and infected if pouches leak, allowing urine or stool to come into contact with the skin.
To ensure the best fit between your skin barrier and stoma, make sure you monitor changes in your stoma’s size and shape. As your stoma changes, you may need to adjust the size of your skin barrier and pouching system, or switch to a new system and skin barrier. Your ostomy nurse can help you set up a measuring routine and also assist with any necessary size or system changes.
The skin barrier adheres to your peristomal skin, helping protect your skin from stoma output and attaching the pouch to your body. In a two-piece system, the skin barrier is separate from the pouch; in a one-piece system they are combined together. Skin barriers can be worn as long as comfortable and secure; wear time may vary.
Skin barriers include:
Standard wear: Best for colostomy.
Extended wear: Designed to provide greater protection from stoma output for people living with an ileostomy or urostomy as output can cause skin irritation.
Skin barrier openings vary in fashion, including:
Cut-to-fit: Can be cut to accommodate your unique stoma size.
Pre-cut: Available in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate your stoma, without the need for cutting.
Moldable: By molding around the stoma, this skin barrier creates a snug fit designed to provide greater leakage protection than traditional barriers.
ConvaTec skin barriers come in the following varieties:
Stomahesive® technology for standard wear.
Durahesive® technology for extended wear.
ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ skin barriers for a customized fit (available with Stomahesive® technology and Durahesive® technology).
Modified versions of Stomahesive® technology are found on our one-piece products. The modified adhesive provides skin protection, but are designed for more frequent pouching system changes.
One-Piece Adhesive Systems
ConvaTec one-piece systems feature modified versions of our Stomahesive® technology that is:
- Thinner and more flexible than the skin barrier in a two-piece system.
- Designed for more frequent pouching system changes, with less risk of harming the peristomal skin upon removal.
Suggested for people with a colostomy, whose stool is solid.
Two-Piece Adhesive Skin Barrier
ConvaTec Traditional Two-Piece, Adhesive Coupling Technology™ Two-Piece Skin Barrier Options and Stomahesive® Skin Barriers for standard are designed to:
- Offer Reliable peristomal skin protection.
- Adhere to dry and wet skin.
- Be comfortable on the skin during wear and gentle to skin upon removal.
Durahesive® Skin Barriers for extended wear are are designed to:
- Be highly durable and resistant to liquid output.
- Designed to “turtleneck,” to help prevent leaks and help to provide added skin protection.
- Be flexible.
Suggested for people with a urostomy or an ileostomy, whose stoma output is liquid to semi-liquid and/or high output. Also suggested for people with a colostomy when stoma output is a liquid consistency.
ConvaTec offers a wide range of comfortable, secure pouch and skin barrier options designed to fit your life. Have questions? Call our me+™ support team at 1-800-422-8811 today.
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