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Use the Equalizer to create a better seal on your ostomy wafer around your stoma.
Apply for 10-20 seconds when you apply a new ostomy skin barrier for improved adhesion and better skin.
Ostomy Care: The Equalizer
Bob shows you how the Equalizer from Stomaplex with prevent leaks around your stoma.
Stomaplex offers two tools to help with both ostomy leak prevention and ostomy protection.
These topics are the top two we worry about when we have an ostomy stoma (e.g., a colostomy, an ileostomy or an urostomy).
To ensure complete ostomy leak prevention, you need a good bond between the wafer of your ostomy appliance and your skin. Just like any time you are trying to adhere one thing to another, you will want to follow these steps.
1) Surface Prep. (Skin):
Make sure your skin is clean and dry. I do not recommend using a moisturizer-based soap but instead a pure soap like Ivory. If you have belly hair, I would advise that you shave it off, but be careful not to nick the stoma.
2) Surface prep. (Ostomy Appliance):
I recommend that you warm the surface of the wafer before applying it to your skin. You can do this by having someone in your family place it next to their body (like under their armpit) or you can do what I do: set it on top of a lamp with a metal plate above it so the heat of the lamp travels into the wafer. This will soften the adhesive of the wafer and make it more sticky so it will have maximum adhesion. When you remove the paper backing, be sure not to touch the adhesive with your fingers.
After you apply the ostomy wafer, apply pressure to the outer ring around the stoma. Pressure is the key factor whenever you talk about adhesion. When I was in the hospital being trained on this, my Wound Ostomy Nurse recommended that I use my finger and go around the stoma applying pressure to the wafer to make a good bond. However, my fingers are too big, and the blunt, round end of my finger didn't make much positive contact with the wafer. In addition, the contact was only at one point at any given time. This is where the stomaplex Equalizer comes in to play.
With the equalizer you can apply pressure all the way around the stoma equally and at the same moment in time. By doing this, you will get better adhesion, guaranteed.