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Coloplast Brava Protective Sheets

Posted by on April 1, 2013 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Total Home Care Supplies is proud to stock Coloplast Brava ostomy supplies!  For outstanding skin protection and comfort, try Coloplast Brava Protective Sheets.

Coloplast Brava Skin Barrier

Coloplast Brava Protective Sheets on sale at TotalHomeCareSupplies.com

The Brava Protective Sheet is a hydrocolloid skin barrier that protects peristomal skin and provides a ready surface for your ostomy appliance. Made of a soft, moldable material, this flexible skin barrier conforms to body contours and movements without leaking. With 3-way stretch technology, Coloplast Brava skin barriers provide total skin protection around stomas, draining wounds, and other areas subject to skin irritation or breakdown.

Coloplast Brava Protective Sheets are easy to apply around the stoma, and are latex-free.  These skin barriers may be used to protect both calm and irritated skin from stoma output.

Brava Skin Barrier Features:

  • Soft, moldable material
  • Extremely flexible to follow body contours
  • Balanced adhesive holds firmly but is easily removed
  • Ideal for use around stomas, draining wounds or any area subject to skin irritation

TotalHomeCareSupplies.com offers Coloplast Brava Protective Sheets in three sizes:

  1. CT 32205       8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 CM)       5/Box         $62.10
  2. CT 32105       4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 CM)       1/Each       $3.53
  3. CT 32155       6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 CM)       5/Box         $36.05

For more Brava products and ostomy supplies, visit TotalHomeCareSupplies.com.  We offer reliable, fast, discreet shipping on all orders – and orders over $40 ship completely free, guaranteed!  For ostomy resources and assistance, please visit our Ostomy Care blog on TotalHomeCareSupplies.com.

Coloplast Brava Ostomy Powder

Posted by on March 27, 2013 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Total Home Care Supplies is proud to stock Coloplast Brava ostomy supplies!  If you’re looking to keep peristomal skin dry and reduce irritation, try Coloplast Brava Ostomy Powder.

Coloplast Brava Ostomy Powder

Coloplast Brava Ostomy Powder on sale at TotalHomeCareSupplies.com

Brava Ostomy Powder is used to absorb moisture from the skin and to reduce skin irritation.  By keeping the skin dry, Brava Ostomy powder enables your ostomy skin barrier to adhere properly, increasing appliance wear time.  Brava Powder protects tender peristomal skin, reducing skin irritation and increasing customer comfort.

Coloplast Brava Ostomy Powder can be used for ostomy skin complications and other practical applications. Its large dispensing hole prevents clogging, making it easy to use.  Brava Powder is a non-sterile product and is intended for moisture absorption on intact peristomal skin only.

TotalHomeCareSupplies.com offers Brava Ostomy Powder in a 1oz bottle:

  • CT 19075     1 OZ     1 Bottle     $7.27

For more Brava products and  ostomy supplies, visit TotalHomeCareSupplies.com.  We offer reliable, fast, discreet shipping on all orders – and orders over $40 ship completely free, guaranteed!  For ostomy resources and assistance, please visit our Ostomy Care blog on TotalHomeCareSupplies.com.

Why So Gassy? How Certain Foods Affect Waste

Posted by on February 20, 2013 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Clip Art Upset TummyMost people don’t think much about how the food they eat affects their waste, unless their body’s response is frequently inconvenient.  For those living with an ostomy, however, making intelligent and informed diet and nutrition choices is the only way to control when – and how often – a pouch fills with waste and gas.

What makes the digestive system move quickly, and what stops things from moving (food blockages)?  What causes waste to be more liquid or more solid? Which foods create more odors? Which foods produce more gas – not necessarily the same thing?

Whether or not you’re living with an ostomy, making informed diet choices and knowing how certain foods affect your digestive tract can be a good thing!  Here are a few digestive tips for ostomates and non-ostomates alike:

Foods that slow things down (or can cause blockages):

While fiber is key to healthy digestion, too much of a good thing can also be a problem.  For ostomates with an ileostomy in particular (an outside opening created in the small intestine for waste discharge), undigested fibrous foods can cause complications and food blockages.  Corn, dried fruit, hotdogs and sausages, pineapple, and fruit and vegetable skins are a few examples.

Foods that cause unwanted odors:

Digestive odor is created by bacteria breaking down certain foods, turning it into odorous waste and also sometimes creating odorous gases.  Though some ostomy pouches have filters that deodorize and release gasses, it can be easier to simply avoid – or eat with moderation – odor-causing and gas-forming foods.  Foods that cause especially strong odors include asparagus, coffee, garlic, prunes, beans, cucumbers, green peppers, radishes, brussel sprouts, eggs, milk, turnips, cabbage, fish, onions and alcoholic beverages.

If you’re indulging in an odor-causing food, try pairing it with foods that can reduce odors, such as buttermilk, parsley, yogurt, cranberry juice or spinach.

image of bacteria partying in small intestine

Foods that produce lots of gas:

There’s no two ways about it: some foods simply produce lots of gas during digestion.  Even if gases from these foods are not as odorous as gases from the foods listed above, they can still be unpleasant and cause abdominal pains.  These foods include apples, soda, dairy products, onions, asparagus, melons, beans, mushrooms, corn, broccoli, nuts, cabbage and beverages consumed through straws (you’ll swallow more air).

Foods that thicken waste:

Liquid waste can compromise the skin barrier and irritate peristomal skin.  For this reason, it’s good to know what foods can thicken waste.  Some thickeners include yogurt, bananas, milk, creamy peanut butter, breads, cheeses, pastas, potatoes and rice, among others.

Foods that thin waste:

Conversely, sometimes waste moves too slowly through the digestive system or is too firm for comfort.  Fruits and fruit juices, chocolate and green beans are a few of the foods that can thin overly firm stool.

Diarrhea Need-to-Know:

Diarrhea happens to everyone – and the end result is fluid, potassium and sodium loss.  Dehydration is a top concern with diarrhea, and can be a serious risk for ostomates.  Along with plenty of liquids, consider adding foods slightly higher in potassium and sodium (salt) until the digestive tract returns to normal.  Some foods high in potassium include milk, chicken, beef, fish, pork, turkey, lima beans, V8 Juice, apricots, bananas, avocado, tomato juice, potatoes, broccoli, grapefruit juice, oranges and orange juice, watermelon and strawberries.  Foods high in sodium are not hard to find; most pre-packaged foods, canned soups and seasonings have high sodium content, and simple table salt can counter the deficiency.

A complete ostomy nutrition guide can be found here.  For more ostomy information and to buy ostomy supplies, visit www.totalhomecaresupplies.com.  Fast, free, discreet shipping for all your ostomy needs!

Ostomy Supplies Free Shipping

Posted by on February 18, 2013 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Ostomy Supplies at TotalHomeCareSupplies.com

Ostomy Supplies at TotalHomeCareSupplies.com

Top-Rated Ostomy Bags for Sale!

Need ConvaTec, Hollister or Coloplast ostomy products?  We highly recommend one of our top sellers:  the ActiveLife® One-Piece Drainable Pouch by ConvaTec!  The ActiveLife® One-Piece Drainable Pouch is a lightweight, flexible, one-piece system that patients and nurses have trusted for over two decades.  It’s  an easy-to-use one-piece ostomy system that combines both skin barrier and pouch into one unit.  The popular ActiveLife® one-piece drainable pouch is designed for maximum comfort and long wear time .

These pouches are offered in both opaque and transparent colors, with either a pre-cut or cut-to-fit skin barrier.  Its durable comfort panel is odor-proof and rustle-free to maintain discretion. The ActiveLife® One-Piece Drainable Pouch also comes with the option of either a Stomahesive (“standard wear”) Skin Barrier, or a Durahesive Plus (“extended wear”)  Skin Barrier.  The Stomahesive Skin Barrier – best when managing a colostomy – helps protect the skin against semi-formed to formed stool, while the  Durahesive Plus Skin Barrier  – best when managing an ileostomy – helps protect the skin against semi-liquid to liquid stool.  For all Activelife one-piece drainable pouch options, see here.

Need additional products for comfort and fit?  Our top-selling ConvaTec Stomahesive Paste is another popular product!  ConvaTec Stomahesive Paste provides a protective skin barrier which can be used to fill in uneven skin surfaces, and help increase ostomy system wear-time.  Use it to fill gaps between the skin barrier and your stoma, making a smooth surface for barrier attachment while protecting your skin at the same time.

For more top-selling ostomy products by Hollister, ConvaTec and Coloplast, visit our Ostomy Supplies page on www.totalhomecaresupplies.com.