Statement of Clinical Problem: A variety of stoma shapes and sizes are encountered during ostomy clinical practice. A cut-to-fit skin barrier or a pre-cut skin barrier with accompanying accessory products may not meet patient self-care needs or desires. Patients may experience problems, such as, improper cutting of a skin barrier, unpredictable wear-time, or the development of an allergic contact dermatitis to an accessory product or tape collar.
Description of Past Management:
Three case study patients presented to our ostomy clinic with problems. The first patient presented with leakage issues, peristomal itching, difficulty cutting the skin barrier properly and dislike of using paste. The second patient had peristomal scarring and uneven stomal topography and unpredictable wear-time using a pre-cut convex skin barrier with barrier ring. The third patient presented with peristomal dermatitis, and the need for simplified pouching technique.
Current Clinical Approach:
All three patients were placed in the new flat moldable standard or extended-wear skin barriers without the use of pectin paste, barrier ring, or scissors.
The positive outcomes encountered with these case studies have confirmed that this barrier type is an innovative option for our ostomy patients. Key benefits include:
No scissors or template required
No mucosal injury from snug barrier
Ease of application and education
Predictable wear-time with secure fit
Skin protection from hydrocolloid collar
Less usage of pectin paste or barrier ring due to roll and mold technique.
The patients were satisfied with the benefits of this new product. The case study clinical experiences demonstrates that the flat moldable design simplified care and solved the problems that our patients were experiencing. The availability of these new flat moldable skin barriers has prompted an evaluation of how we currently practice ostomy care.
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Case 1 showing moldable seal
without paste or use of scissors
Case 2 with peristomal skin
scarring and simplified pouching
Case 3 with peristomal allergic
contact dermatitis from paste