- The Equalizer
Stomaplex Equalizer Prevents Ostomy Leaks
Maggie demonstrates how to stop ostomy leaks around the stoma of an ileostomy. This technique of applying pressure on the ostomy appliance with the Equalizer will work if the patient has a colostomy or urostomy as well. Having healthy skin around the stoma is very important to prevent sores and a breakdown of the skin. Preventing leaks around the stoma or under the ostomy wafer is a universal challenge that all with an ostomy are concerned with. The Equalizer will apply pressure on the skin barrier to stop ostomy leaks and create a better bond with the skin.
Ostomy Leak Prevention
Prevent Ostomy Leaks with Stomaplex Equalizer
The Stomaplex Equalizer is a simple tool to help improve the bond between the ostomy wafer and the patients skin. Use the Stomaplex Equalizer for about 10 - 20 seconds when you freshly change the ostomy skin barrier and ostomy bag. The Stomaplex Equalizer allows you to apply an even and equal amount of pressure in a shape of a ring all the same time.
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.
Ostomy belts and stoma protectors to guard the stoma of ostomy patients. Works for men, women, boys, and girls of all sizes. Stay active and be confident that your stoma will not be hurt when you wear a seatbelt.