Ostomy Equipment

Skin Preps are called several different names. They are sometimes called, barrier films, wipes, barrier wipes, barrier spray, etc. All of these things are the same product: Skin Prep. They are used to protect your skin from harsh adhesives, shear, and stomal output. Over time the skin around your stoma can become irritated by the constant presence of the adhesives from your wafer. If you have redness, sores, broken skin, irritated itchy patches, or anything other than healthy skin, skin preps could help your skin heal while also helping your ostomy appliance adhere better. The best part of skin preps are, they serve two purposes. They protect your skin and they help your ostomy pouch stay on better.

Skin preps are easy to use. After you wash your stoma and the skin around your stoma, allow your skin to dry completely. [More]

When you first have your ostomy surgery, you are given medical supplies and a lot of instructions on how to use them. The colostomy bags, and flanges and wafers are obvious, you knew you would need those. However, there are a lot of ostomy accessories that are so clever that once you try them out, you won't know how you lived without them. [More]

Coloplast Brava Lubricating Deodorant Drops Help Stop Pancaking:
When you have an ostomy there are many challenges that you face on a daily basis. Luckily, there are a lot of products on the market to help combat some common problems had by people with ostomies. One problem that many people have is called, pancaking. Pancaking is when your output does not drop to the bottom of the bag and instead it sticks to the top of the ostomy bag by the wafer. An ostomy wafer is also called a flange or baseplate. Pancaking is a problem because that stuck output can stop the filter from working, which can cause problems with built up gas as well as odor, or worse, make the pouch come off completely. When the filter stops working it can cause the bag to fill up with gas and balloon out. The clogged filter can also cause issues with odor. Output being stuck against the wafer means that when more output is produced it has nowhere to go, so it often gets under the wafer or flange. Output under the flange can cause sore skin, irritation, and leaks. [More]

Recently a friend and I were discussing a complication that he had while swimming with his new ostomy.  After giving him some advice on the situation, and with the heat of summer bearing down on us all, we wanted to present you with some helpful tips for beating the heat with your ostomy.

“He who fails to plan, plans to fail” We have all heard that old saying and it really can be applied to any aspect of our daily lives; swimming is no exception.  Try your best to calculate your “transit time”, the time is takes the food you eat to travel from mouth to pouch, and eat your meals at a time that will allow you to have the least amount of output during your planned swimming.  Most people will experience the least amount of output in the first few hours of the morning.