Thursday, August 20, 2015

Peristomal Skin Irritation Causes

After your ostomy surgery is completed and you are settled in on the appliance you want to use, it is important to take excellent care of the skin around your stoma.  It is a common issue and one we hear from customers on a daily basis.  

Skin around your stoma can get irritated by one of these problems below:
  • Leaks from your ostomy appliance.  It can be very acidic.
  • Sizing of the wafer opening can be either too large or too small. If it's too large leaks can occur and if it's too small it will pinch the stoma.
  • Skin sensitivity to tapes, adhesives, protectants and other materials.
  • Changing your ostomy pouch too often.
  • Wounds near the stoma.
 You can buy all sorts of ostomy accessories to remedy these problems at Parthenon.  We sell Coloplast, Convatec, Hollister and more!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Salt Lake City, Utah Ostomy and Wound Supply Company Attends National Ostomy Conference!

Meet Parthenon in St. Louis
UOAA National Conference
This September the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) will host its 10th anniversary at its national conference in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Parthenon Company, a discount medical supply company, is excited to attend the event.  The entire event runs from September 1 through September 6 and will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency at The Arch along the Mississippi River. 

A wide assortment of sessions and speakers will center on information for patients who have had ostomy surgery, more specifically an ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy.  There will be sessions for ostomy support group leaders on how to strengthen the group, introductory sessions from ostomy manufacturers, several social events, a clinic for individuals to meet with a Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN) for a stoma exam,  the exhibitors hall and many more workshops!  This is an excellent event for anyone with an ostomy or who has a loved one with an ostomy.  

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The Parthenon Company is a discount medical supply company based in Salt Lake City, Utah that specializes in ostomy and wound care supplies.  It has served its patient population spanning the entire country for over 50 years.  Parthenon publishes the largest ostomy only catalog in the country and offers significant savings to anyone purchasing ostomy appliances as well as wound dressings.  We carry all brands especially, Coloplast, ConvaTec, Hollister, Nu-Hope, Mepilex, and Medline wound dressings.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hollister Restore Extra Thin Hydrocolloid Dressing Application Instructions

After you've left the outpatient wound clinic, you may have not received proper instructions on how to apply your Restore Extra Thin Hydrocolloid wound dressing. Before applying your wound dressing be sure to wash your hands and lay out your "tools" (dressing, gloves, wound cleanser/saline, gauze, and wound measuring guide).  It's important not to rush the changing process, but to get the wound clean and prepped for the new dressing.

How To Apply Restore Extra Thin Wound Dressings:

1.   Choose the correct size of the Restore Extra Thin Hydrocolloid Dressing so that it extends one inch beyond the wound edges on all sides. (Dressings may be overlapped or cut to accommodate the size of the wound).

2. Remove dressing from package. (Restore Extra Thin Hydrocolloid Dressings are provided in sterile packages if aseptic technique is required).

3. Remove the release paper from the dressing. (Too much handling of the adhesive may interfere with good dressing and skin contact).

4. Center the dressing over the wound site. (The dressing will not adhere to the moist wound surface).

5. Gently press the dressing to the skin and smooth out wrinkles. (For difficult-to-manage sites, hold dressing in place for 60 seconds to improve adherence. Taping of the edges of the dressing is not required but may help in areas of high friction such as heels, elbows, or coccyx).


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