Friday, May 22, 2015

Caring For Your Stoma Quick Tips

Learn Basics of Having an Ostomy

After your "ostomy" surgery you now have a diversion of either your urine or stool to a surgically created opening in your abdomen called a stoma.  This stoma is designed to be fitted to a collection bag for waste.  As unglamorous as it sounds, there are much worse things that can happen in life.  It's a miracle of medicine that you can continue to live life relatively unchanged by this surgery.  Plus, you would be surprised at how many people have a stoma.

Caring for your stoma should be one of your highest priorities!

Facts About Your Stoma

  • It is a segment of your intestine.
  • Its shape is usually round or oval.
  • Your stoma is vascular. This means that it is delicate and can bleed. It's natural color is red or pink.
  • Stomas can be flush with your skin or even protrude out a little.

It is very important to keep urine and fecal matter clear of the skin around your stoma as it can be irritating.  If left there for extended periods of time, the skin can break down and create a new host of challenges to seating your ostomy appliance.  Most often this happens not because of poor hygiene, but because of leaks.  Leaks can be caused by a poor fit of the skin barrier to the stoma and incorrectly sizing the stoma opening.  Ostomy skin barriers can be flat or convex and using one or the other depends on what the surface around the stoma is like.  If the stoma is retracted or flush, a convex barrier may be used to better seat on the stoma to optimize the fit and reduce leaks.

Between appliance changes you should gently wash the skin around your stoma.  If possible, avoid using film wipes or adhesive remover wipes so as to keep you skin in the best possible condition.  Many ostomates use these items, but we recommend that they only be used if neccessary.  Every time you change your appliance take time to inspect the skin and stoma for anything irregular.   If you identify anything of concern contact your nurse and/or doctor.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Elastic Barrier Strips 120700 From Coloplast

Coloplast Creating New and Different Products For the Ostomate

In April of 2012, Coloplast introduced a new product for ostomy patients called "elastic barrier strips."  They were crescent (half moon) shaped pieces of material like hydrocolloid that could be stretched and formed but also with a tacky surface to adhere to the skin.  EBS or elastic barrier strips were meant to go over the edge of skin barriers to prevent them from rolling up and to catch any leakage.  They have worked great!  They move with the body and are a great skin friendly alternative to medical tape.

Shortly after introducing the Elastic Barrier Strips #120700, Coloplast came out with two 
other shapes in the same material.  One was a straight rectangular strip and the other was a "Y" shaped piece.  They all serve the same purpose, but are designed for different situations depending on the skin around the stoma.

The EBS Straight #120740 is meant to  provide security around the edges of a square barrier, while the Crescent #120700 will best fit edges of a round or oval barrier.  The "Y" #120721 can provide extra security and adhesive coverage in areas around the stoma with a bulge or deep fold which normally cause barrier adges to lift at the sides.

We hope this information has helped you learn more about Coloplast's line of Elastic Barrier Strips and perhaps it can help you with your pouching system.  Feel free to call customer service at Parthenon anytime M-F 8:30-4:30 MST 1-800-453-8898 for guidance.
#120721 "Y" shaped EBS

Friday, January 9, 2015

Ostomy Supplies On A Budget

No one wants to spend more than they have to on ostomy medical supplies.  With over fifty years of having a successful business in the industry we are the source for the lowest prices!  There are very expensive pouching options with extended wear material, filters, convexity and more.  It not possible to get these items without spending a little extra.  If you're able to limit yourself to a standard wear appliance that is flat, without a filter and with a clip closure, you can save yourself a lot of money!  Most of the lower priced ostomy appliances are open or drainable pouches fixed to the skin barrier making it a one piece appliance.  The most common version of this is the ConvaTec 22771 ActiveLife cut to fit drainable pouch, Coloplast 15521 SenSura one piece drainable pouch, and Hollister 8131 Premier Drainable Pouch with FlexWear.

Anytime a barrier becomes an "extended" wear barrier the price increases by at least $10 in most cases.  The same goes for filter versus no filter pouches and convex and non convex pouches. 

If you take away nothing else from this, know that you can always sample these pouches before purchasing by calling the manufacturers directly.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Warning: You're Losing Money by Not Using Parthenon To Get Your Discount Ostomy Supplies

Since the dawn of time there has been a demand for the supplies that we need to live our lives.  It may be tooth paste, a gallon of milk, or even a pair of jeans.  Whatever the item, man has always sought a better price for the product he has purchased.  
In our situation, it is ostomy supplies and Parthenon is the national low cost leader of ostomy supplies online.  We have the largest comprehensive catalog of ostomy supplies in the country.  Our tight controls on cost and overhead allow us to beat any price (if one exists) to provide our customers the lowest price possible combined with our superior customer service.  
As the title says, you are losing money by not using Parthenon to purchase your ostomy supplies!  Next time you would like a quote, please call or email us and we'll be happy to let you know how much you'll save!  We carry all the major and minor names such as: Coloplast, ConvaTec, Hollister ostomy, Nu-Hope Laboratories, Cymed, Marlen, Torbot, Blanchard, 3M, Bard, Smith & Nephew, C&S, Safe n Simple....and more!!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nu-Comfort Ostomy Belt New For 2015 from Nu-Hope Laboratories

Try The Nu-Comfort Belt Today!

Are you tired of the tiny one inch appliance belt that is supposed to provide support for your ostomy appliance?  Rather than provide any beneficial ostomy appliance support you get the belt twisted up and digging into your side.  It's like wearing a rope!  We didn't think you liked that!
Now there's an alternative and it's from Nu-Hope Labs.  Their new belt is called the Nu-Comfort Belt.  It is designed to accommodate 2-piece ostomy systems and some 1-piece systems.  It is 2 inches in width with a ring plate to provide 360 degrees of support on the skin barrier and some peritstomal support.  This belt is small enough to be discreet and large enough to attach to and support your appliance.  Also, the ring plate adds to the belt by providing support around the skin barrier to keep it fixed in place.

We think it's a great new product from NuHope and think many ostomates will be very pleased to find out about this great alternative to their standard ostomy belt!

Must Have Ostomy Accessories For 2014

What were the great new ostomy products of 2014?

Coloplast finalized their new Brava ostomy accessory line (most notably their variations on the elastic barrier ring), Safe n Simple also expanded their ostomy accessory line, and finally Nu-Hope Laboratories introduced a new ostomy appliance belt called the Nu-Comfort Belt.  These three new products and lines have helped fill a gap that was not previously there for ostomates.  
We are excited to see what new ostomy products will be introduced in 2015!  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ConvaTec 401502 SUF-FIT Natura Drainable Ostomy Pouch on SALE NOW!

Have you ever wanted the chance to stock up on your ostomy supplies and save money doing it?  Well this is your chance!  For a limited time, Parthenon is having a sale on ConvaTec's 401502 SUR-FIT Natura Drainable Pouch. The price per box of 10 bags is $22.95!  No minimum order!  Take advantage of this one because it won't last!!!!

SHOP: Discount Wound Care Supplies

Also, Parthenon has the skin barriers and other ostomy accessories to go along with these pouches.  Things such as ParSORB absorbent sachets and crystals as well as skin adhesives, removers, m9 ostomy deodorant, Micropore tape, Eakin Cohesive Seals, Adapt Rings and more!
Go online or call us toll free at 1-800-453-8898