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Surviving the Winter with an Ostomy: A Guide

Winter time can be a daunting and challenging time when you have an ostomy. Worries can focus around how routines change with the season, what you’ll be able to eat and drink during the festive period, whether you will be prepared for the ramping up of social activities and ensuring you have supplies to see you through and how to cope during a period of time when there can be limited access to medical professionals.  In this guide, I’ll be looking at sharing my own advice and some common tips and tricks to help make the Winter period enjoyable  and relaxing. …


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 – either as a Prepayment Certificate (see conditions here) or as a Medical Exemption Certificate (see conditions here) – there is still a cost. This cost is covered by GP practices, which are governed and overseen by Clinic Comissioning Groups (CCG’s).…


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 excoriated or weeping. Prevents further damage and promotes healing Comes in a handy puffer dispenser. For the above selling point this means that you can either puff a cloud for hard to reach areas or target specific areas by creating…


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 and baseplate shapes. Provides additional adhesion – useful for creases, scars hernias and prolapsed stomas. Moisture absorbent, absorbing moisture without affecting the adhesive of the baseplate. Increases pouch wear time, especially when putting extra pressure on the flange, such as…


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 on damaged skin Will not lose adhesive qualities through handling Alcohol-free skin barrier material is designed to help avoid stinging on sensitive skin Designed to be removed from the skin without leaving adhesive residue on the skin Absorbs and swells,…


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