As a Certified WOCN,
I have been searching for a product like the Stomaplex Stoma-Guards for my ostomy patients, who are in need of additional protection and support. I was very pleased to discover Stomaplex Stoma-Guards, while trying to assist one of my patients to help protect his ostomy. He had a very physically active, outdoor job, and needed to protect his stoma from accidental bumps and scratches.
The Stomaplex Stoma-Guard is a product I, and many ostomy patients, have been waiting for - finally someone designed a stoma protector that I can recommend to my patients in need.
There are many reasons why patients should consider using the Stomaplex Stoma-Guards, the most important being the safety and security they provide.
I am so excited to share the news about Stoma-Guards with my ostomy patients. I am recommending them to my patients who need, or want, some added security and support. It is so useful for people who work in various types of jobs like construction, in a factory, or as a counter worker, as well as for various activities such as sports, gardening, or cooking, and those with children or pets. Of course, the number one reason for using the Stomaplex Stoma-Guards is the ability to safely wear a seat belt. That is the ultimate in security and support.
- The Stomaplex Stoma-Guards also offer a new level of protection, and help to diminish the embarrassment one may feel while wearing an ostomy appliance.
- The padded design helps to protect ostomy appliances from lifting and falling off. They are soft and comfortable next to the skin.
- This smooth outer surface will help to hide the bump of the stoma and pouch. An added plus, Stoma-Guards will help to muffle, or silence, the passage of flatus (gas).
- The Stoma-Guard is an embarrassment reducer, without reducing the function of the stoma or the flow of the stool.
- There is adequate space in the cutout design, which is customized for the size of the stoma.
- The flat, wide belts will prevent shifting and rolling, a problem I have seen with other ostomy belts.
There are other potential uses for the Stomaplex Stoma-Guards. I believe they would work great for patients whose stoma is placed on their belt line. Stomas in these locations are difficult to pouch and protect. Another potential use is for parastomal hernia prevention, by helping to support the muscles and stoma together, preventing stretching and distending. It may even help hold prolapsed stomas in place.
I was excited to learn that Stomaplex is a new company with innovative products. In addition to the Stoma-Guards, the Stomaplex Equalizer is another one of their designs. The Equalizer helps to secure the application of the flange/barrier to the skin. Utilize it to apply equal pressure around the stoma-skin junction, seating the flange/barrier. This will help to prevent leakage at that critical intersection. The Equalizer is available in a variety of sizes and they are soft and flexible, allowing for contouring around even oval or irregular stomas, and they are completely washable and reusable.
Stomaplex has informative brochures available and additional information can be found on their website (stomaplex.com). I use their product brochures to help educate my patients on the benefits of Stomaplex's Stoma-Guards and Equalizer. They are full of product information, color photographs of the products, and useful information.
I have been sharing the news about the Stoma-Guards and the Equalizer with my patients, fellow CWOCNs, and nursing staff. Thank you to Stomaplex for developing and sharing their ostomy products with us, and for helping to give patients safety, security, and confidence. The Stoma-Guard will help keep the stoma safe and the Equalizer will help to give a more secure appliance seal. Just because a person has an ostomy, they should not live in fear of an accident waiting to happen. They now can have the confidence to return to an active life and living. My advice for ostomy patients: go on, go out and enjoy life, it has been given back to you.
- Pearl R. Harmany, BSN, RN, CWOCN.