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Four Things You Need to Know Before Buying Ostomy Products

Posted by on February 4, 2013 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

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What Are Ostomy Products?

An ostomy is a surgical operation that creates a new outside opening for body wastes.  This new opening is called a stoma, and requires special products for daily care.  For many with colon or bowel cancer, injuries or congenital defects, an ostomy is the best – sometimes only – option available in order to resume a normal, active life.  The numbers vary, but range from 70,000 to 120,000 Americans undergoing ostomy surgery each year, witah approximately half a million ostomates currently living in the United States and Canada.  Some stomas are meant to be temporary, while others are permanent.  Several manufacturers such as Hollister, Coloplast and ConvaTec make terrific products which are designed for functionality, discreetness, and disposability.  The placement of stomas can vary greatly, and this has a strong influence on which products are right for you.

Four Things I Need to Know Before Buying Ostomy Products

1)  What size is my stoma?  For the first few weeks or even months after surgery, your stoma may change in size and shape as your body recovers.  Once recovered, your stoma should no longer change.  This will influence whether you choose a Cut-to-Fit Barrier or a Pre-Cut Barrier

  • Cut-to-Fit barriers are designed to let you measure and cut the barrier yourself, so that they can perfectly fit any size or shape stoma.  Cut-to-Fit barriers come with a sizing guide to help you easily measure your stoma any time you need to.  This is most likely the barrier you would choose in the weeks following surgery, and if you prefer to cut the barrier yourself.
  • Pre-sized barriers are barriers that have been pre-cut to a specific size, so that you don’t have to.  Pre-sized barriers are useful for people whose stomas are a stable size and who no longer need to – or no longer prefer to – cut their own.

Hollister New Image 2-pc Convex Flextend Barrier2)  Where is my stoma located?  Depending on the reason for your surgery, your stoma may be located in your small intestine, your large intestine, or in your urinary tract.  For a stoma in the small intestine and in the earlier portions (ascending colon) of your large intestine, the discharge will be rich in digestive enzymes and more irritating to the skin. An Extended Wear Barrier is a good choice for this type of stoma because it offers more robust skin protection.  A stoma in the later portions of the large intestine, such as in the transverse, descending and sigmoid colon, is less rich in digestive enzyme content, and a Standard Wear Barrier may be preferred.  In addition, before ordering supplies you may want to consider whether or not you want a barrier with or without an additional tape border.  While tape can always be added as desired for extra security, depending on your lifestyle, the barrier with tape may be a convenient choice for you.

3)  What kind of barrier & pouch system do I need?   There are two different types of barrier & pouch systems you can choose from: a One Piece System or a Two Piece System.  Each system has its advantages, and for many people the choice comes down to personal preference.  In a one piece system, the skin barrier is attached to the pouch, making the unit all one piece.  In a two piece system, there is a skin barrier with flange (a snap-on ring) and a detachable pouch that snaps onto the barrier.  The two piece system allows the user to easily change out the pouch without needing to remove the skin barrier.  Both systems offer a variety of pouch options, including drainable or closed, opaque or transparent, or with or without filter, among others.  While the many options to choose from can be overwhelming at first, the variety of products  allows you to customize your products to match your own unique needs.

4)  What size flange do I need?  No matter which system you prefer, in order to purchase supplies you’ll need to know what size flange you need.  This is because:

  • In both a one piece and a two piece system, the size of your stoma determines the size flange that works best for you.  Your flange size can be larger than your stoma size, but it can never be smaller.
  • If you have a two piece system, it’s very important both pieces match each other!  Since the pouch snaps onto the flange, your flange size is very important when ordering both pouches and barriers.

If you’re not sure what size flange you need, contact your WOCN (Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse).  You can also obtain this information from the manufacturer number (MF#) on your current pouch, because each MF# is unique to a specific size as well as to a specific product.

Are you ready to order?  Great!  Don’t forget to take a moment to think about any additional products that may make your day-to-day usage more comfortable.  From adhesive removers and pastes to deodorizing powders and lubricants, there are many terrific companion products available.

Sur-Fit Natura Products

Posted by on July 24, 2012 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Convatec‘s Sur-Fit Natura product line provides quality ostomy products with features that guarantee effectiveness and durability. The skin barrier technologies contain plastic rings for quick and easy barrier-to- pouch application. The barriers form to everyone’s unique shape for zero leakage. Those with active lifestyles no longer need to constantly worry or be conscious of their ostomy. Sur-Fit products are reliable and offer the security you are looking for.

 

•  Sur-Fit Natura Stomahesive Skin Barrier with Flange is a reliable skin barrier  with a low-profile flange that  provides excellent security because of a unique formula that enables the skin barrier/wafer to adhere to both dry and moist skin. Without tape collar. 5×5 Cut to fit.

 

 

•  ConvaTec Sur-Fit Natura Two Piece Drainable Pouch is a 12 inch drainable pouch with 2-sided comfort panel.The two-piece system provides versatility and can be removed or interchanged with other pouch types without removal of the skin barrier/wafer. Odor-proof and quiet under clothing. Includes two tail closures in each box. Opaque.

 

 

• ConvaTec Sur-Fit Natura Disposable Convex Inserts. Disposable convex insets are designed to snap into flange or ring adding convexity to the standard skin barrier for improved management of retracted stomas. For use with Sur Fit Natura skin barriers.

 

 

Also within this product line comes numerous other valuable elements. Drainable pouches are available with InvisiClose clipless tail closure or the traditional tail clip. You have choices of drainable, closed-end, or urostomy pouches, and pre-cut, cut-to-fit, or moldable barriers. Also, within drainable and closed-end pouches, there is a charcoal filter available to deodorize and release gas. Pouch comfort panels are designed to be odor-proof, and help maintain discretion. All of these great features are here for you to take advantage of!

TotalHomeCareSupplies carries numerous Convatec Sur-Fit Nutura products and sells them at an amazing price with a speedy delivery! Order your Sur-Fit products today!

Ostomy Vocabulary Lesson

Posted by on July 20, 2012 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an alternate route and artificial opening for the excretion of bodily wastes. The destination can either be into another proper digestive organ or into an outside system. For this article we will discuss the latter situation which typically targets those with colostomies, ileostomies, and urostomies.  This outside collection system is typically an ostomy pouch that attaches to the stoma (the end of the artificial path). The pouching system is held in place by a barrier, also referred to as a wafer , which is a an adhesive or air tight seal to prevent leakage.

One option when searching for an ostomy pouch is the one piece system in which the barrier is connected to the pouch, making it one unit. The one piece system is known to be more simple because everything is cohesive and connected. How ever, the entire system should be changed every twenty four hours.

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The two piece system is different because the barrier/wafer is separate from the pouch. On the barrier is the flange which is the connecting piece to the pouch and the barrier. Typically, the flange-pouch connection is similar to that of an air tight tupperware. This permits the barrier to be changed weekly, but the pouch still should be changed every day. Aside from making the decision between an one piece or two piece system, there is also the option of an open ended pouch or close ended pouch. An open ended pouch, or drainable pouch, has a feature that allows you to drain the contents of the pouch, whereas the close ended pouch is to be thrown away and replaced when full.

Which Product Is Best For You? As you can see, when choosing your pouch there are a few things to consider. Each of these options have their pros and cons, but  the decision is typically dependent on how often an individual needs to empty the contents or fills up the pouch.

When using a barrier/wafer, it must fit correctly and comfortably in order to be effective, and since everyone is built differently, there are a few choices to make when shopping.  Barriers come in a variety of sizes, so find the one that works best for you. There are some products that come pre cut, and others are cut to fit, which are customizable for each individual.

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Along with choosing your pouch system, there are a variety of accessories available to keep you comfortable, confident and healthy. There are a number of deodorizers, pastes, and wipes to protect against odors,  enhance sanitation, and support a more assured barrier fit. Also available are belts, tapes and adhesives for extra security, and numerous other products to suit your needs.

TotalHomeCareSupplies is here to provide you with high quality, low price ostomy products that will leave you more than satisfied.

Online Resources For Ostomy Advice And Support

Posted by on March 25, 2012 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Whether you’re new to managing an ostomy or would like to find the latest resources and support tools, Total Home Care Supplies can help you find what you need. From ostomy product options and support groups to ostomy manufacturer resources, there’s a solution for each of your concerns and people with similiar issues to offer support.

Best Online Ostomy Resources

MeetAnOstomate.org | This helpful online community of ostomates has over 7,500 members and over 32,000 forum posts about ostomy issues and topics. What you’ll find here is a great place to meet other ostomates, make new friends and get all the answers you need to your ostomy questions.

United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) | The UOAA is a national organization with excellent resources and experience in supporting the ostomy community. All over the map, there’s an Ostomy Support Group. Most ostomy support groups hold regular meetings that bring people together offering solutions, comfort and a place to share and learn. Find a support group in your area.

Hollister.com Learning Center | As one of the leading manufacturers of ostomy products, Hollister offers every aspect of educational support for ostomates. Their online learning center includes education booklets, helpful hints, product instructions and stoma measuring guides.

GreatComebacks.com | Sponsored by ConvaTec, the Great Comebacks® Program recognizes these inspirational individuals, both in their personal lives and in their contributions to their communities. Discover and learn from motivating people who are living a full and productive life after an ostomy surgery. Share your story for a chance to win a Great Comebacks® Award.

TotalHomeCareSupplies.com | Total Home Care Supplies is backed by more than 50 years of experience in ostomy products with reliable home delivery to customers. Customers enjoy free shipping on orders over $40, monthly coupons and an online EZ Ship program to automate ostomy supply shipments. Discover the most competitive online pricing on drainable pouches, closed-end pouches, ostomy skin barriers and a full line of ostomy accessories to comfortably manage an ostomy.