Sunday, July 13, 2014

ConvaTec Accordion Flange Introduced Summer 2014!

This summer ConvaTec finally introduced their version of Hollister's Floating Flange.  The Accordion flange with Moldable Tecnhology will be compatible with their SUR-FIT Natura line which should prove to be very popular.  The idea of this type of flange is to make the part that seals with the pouch lift up and off of the skin allowing the fingers to get behind the section and make pouch application easier and much more comfortable.  We are excited that ConvaTec decided to make this item available to its customer base!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Quick Tips To Using Tegaderm Transparent Dressings



 Tips To Use Tegaderm Dressings

  • Stop any bleeding at the site before applying the dressing.
  • Do not stretch the dressing during application as tension can cause skin trauma.
  • Make sure the skin is clean, free of soap residue and lotion and allowed to dry thoroughly before applying the dressing to prevent skin irritation and to ensure good adhesion.
  • The dressing may be used on an infected site, only when under the care of a health care professional.
  • Antimicrobial ointments containing polyethylene glycols may compromise the strength of the TegadermTM HP Transparent Film Dressings.
  • TegadermTM Transparent Dressings should not be re-sterilized by gamma, E-beam or steam methods. 


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Coloplast Brava Y-Shape and Straight Shape Introduced to Product Line

The popular Brava Elastic Barrier Strip that we know as a crescent shaped accessory is now joined by a Y-Shape and Straight Shape  barrier strips.  Coloplast reports that these new shapes won't be available until October 2014 though so you'll have to wait.  Or you can simply trim the current Brava crescent shape to best meet your needs.  
Parthenon offers all brands available to the ostomate and we make every effort to save our customers money while giving the highest quality service and product.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Has ConvaTec's 22771 Box of 10 12" Cut-to-Fit Pouch Get an Facelift?

Has the 22771 ActiveLife drainable ostomy pouch been upgraded?  This pouch is considered an "entry level" pouch or one that is issued by the hospital right after surgery.  There are equivalents made by Coloplast and Hollister.  It is amazing how many people start with this pouch and continue to use it years later despite superior pouching options on the market.  
Nevertheless this pouch by ConvaTec is a constant that allows one to cut-to-fit the opening to accommodate varying stoma size and drainable with clip closure.  The features are nothing special but appeal to most users.  
We wish ConvaTec would make some improvements to this pouch as there are always complaints about the tackiness of the skin barrier part and some people have problems with the straight plastic clip provided.  It is likely they will simply replace this one with something from one of their newer lines.
Until then you can always buy them at Parthenon at the lowest price.  We will beat any price by 5% if it is less than ours.  Just tell us where you found it and we will start saving you $$$ NOW!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Does Hollister Make Colored Ostomy Bags?

 Does Hollister Make Colored Ostomy Bags?

Yes.  That's right.  We recently had this question come up from one of our customers about if any of the ostomy pouch makers offered ostomy bags in colors.  This would be a nice change from the norm of transparent and opaque pouches that we've seen since the inception of the ostomy bag (well there is the black rubber bag that is still used by a few people). Perhaps a purple, blue, or green striped might appeal to the market these days?  Not sure, but it would be an interesting experiment.  For the time being, we must be content with what we have and when the bright colors hit the market we will let you know!  If you must add color to your pouch, there is a variety of ostomy bag covers available in solids/strips/patterns from companies like C&S Ostomy Pouch Covers.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

How To Use Remove™ Adhesive Remover Wipes by Smith & Nephew

How To Use Remove™ Adhesive Remover Wipes by Smith & Nephew



Step 1:   Hold saturated wipe, cotton applicator or gauze at the edge of tape or appliance.
Step 2:   Squeeze gently so that fluid flows between skin and adhesive.
Step 3:   Slowly pull tape and keep liquid at line of adhesive.
Step 4:   Cleanse skin thoroughly with water and pat dry.

WARNINGS:  Use only as directed. For external use only. Do not apply to open wounds or mucous membranes. Avoid contact with eyes. Use with adequate ventilation. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Call physician.
REMOVE
In case of contact with eyes, flush with water.

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Guide to Using COLOPLAST Brava Skin Barrier Protective Sheets

Coloplasts BRAVA Skin Barrier Protective Sheets offer another option for shielding the sensitive peristomal skin.  It comes in squares in various dimensions which can be cut into shapes or a stoma hole cut out.  Whatever the user desires.  It is pliable and easily molded by hand.  For additional protection of the skin use a Brava Skin Barrier Protective Sheet before applying the next base plate.  Brava Protective Sheets are used to protect irritated skin from output.  The Brava Protective Sheets provide protection of the peristomal skin, and a ready surface for applying a new appliance.  Make strips or cut a hole for your stoma and apply to the skin around it. The material will absorb moisture/stomal output as well as extend the wear time of the ostomy appliance.