Skin disorders among ostomates is a very significant problem!
Skin disorders among ostomates are the single greatest issue affecting quality of life. Over 50% of all ostomates today still suffer from a skin disorder.
The causes of skin disorders can be numerous, the majority however comes down to prolonged contact of stoma output with the skin. Traditional ostomy flanges and rings are made from hydrocolloid which absorbs stoma output (including fecal matter) holding it next to the skin and dissolves over time eliminating the protection they are supposed to provide.
This can be seen when your ring or bag flange starts to look gooey or melt from the middle.
While current products work for some people, there are still a lot of people for whom they do not work well for causing numerous skin problems and leakages. You or someone you know may well suffer from leaks and sore skin!
Over 50% of all ostomates in America and Canada suffer from a skin disorder today!
Trio have designed a completely new range of products to overcome these problems with existing ostomy products. Based upon silicone, they do not absorb fecal matter, are breathable so maintain skin moisture levels and do not melt or dissolve. The peristomal skin is completely protected during wear.
Patient experience survey of Silicone ostomy rings
A customer survey of experience using Siltac and Silvex ostomy seals compared to hydrocolloid seals showed a significant outcome improvement across a number of key problem areas (see opposite table).
This demonstrates that there are new and effective ways to treat the age old problems of leakage and skin disorders in ostomy patients. Silicone in ostomy care can certainly compliment current hydrocolloid products to improve the quality of life among the general ostomate population. In conclusion, less users experienced leakage while significantly more people found silicone seals easier to apply and remove than hydrocolloid seals. The published article can be found HERE