The Digestive System: Part I

What exactly is the ‘Digestive System’? When we say ‘digestive system‘ we are referring to the system within our body which helps us process food. Included this system is the gastrointestinal (GI) tract along with the liver, pancreas and gallbladder. The GI – or Digestive – Tract consists of a series of hollow organs which connect to a long, twisting…

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Information

In previous posts in this series, I’ve explained how to use individual products as well as when to use them. This is called ‘best practice‘ and is something that a Stoma Care Nurse (SCN) should advise you on, if you require any of the individual supporting products. Whilst ostomy supplies in the UK are covered by a ‘exemption’ certificate –…

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Powder

What is it? Stoma powder is a non-medicated powder that is designed to absorb moisture from raw or broken skin surrounding a stoma. It can also be known as stomahesive powder or peristomal skin protection. Common selling points of stoma powder are: Absorbs moisture to lessen the risk of skin irritation Helps form a protective barrier for moist skin which is either…

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Extenders

What is it? “Extender” refers to a product which extends your baseplate on your ostomy appliance. They are often called ‘flange extenders‘ or ‘tape‘ or ‘half moon‘ in more colloquial settings. Common selling points for extenders are: Secures the position of the baseplate and is flexible so it follows your body shape and movements. Shaped to fit other body profiles…

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Seals

What is it? ‘Seal’ refers to a product which helps prevent and stop leaks. They can also be called rings and washers. Common selling points for seals are: Provides protection by preventing any harmful irritants from coming into contact with the skin Completely mouldable to ensure a perfect fit every time Longer wear time and increased security Suitable for use…

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Paste

What is it? ‘Paste’ refers to a tube or strip of paste which is used as a filler around the stoma. Common selling points can be: Used to fill uneven skin contours near the stoma to create a flatter surface. Used to help prevent output from getting under the baseplate. Helps to provide an ideal surface for your stoma bag…

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Barrier

What is it? ‘Barrier’ refers to sprays, wipes and creams that add protection to the peristomal skin. The common aspects and ‘selling points’ of these products are: Creating a thin breathable barrier that protects the skin from damage. This damage commonly comes from the use of adhesives, output from the stoma and friction. They are safe and effective even with…

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IBD Basics: Prebiotics, Probiotics & Antibiotics

What are Prebiotics? Prebiotics are made up of carbohydrates that your body can’t digest. They exist purely as food for the probiotic bacteria that you’re putting into your body. The use of prebiotics and probiotics together is called microbiome therapy. You don’t need to take a prebiotic for probiotics to work, but taking them might make your probiotics more effective. What…

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