Ostomy management can be complex and long-lasting, and a common complication of ostomy care is skin damage. Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injuries, or MARSI, occur as a result of improper techniques used in the application and/or removal of adhesive products, and can include stripping of skin, tension blisters, allergic/non-allergic contact dermatitis, folliculitis, and maceration, or skin breakdown. Skin is left irritated, easily permeable, and prone to painful damage from friction and other irritants. This damage to the skin can prolong the healing process after an ostomy surgery, so taking care of your skin is essential.
Your skin is your first line of defense against infection and damage. In ostomy care, you are at a heightened risk of damage to the skin if proper care is not taken while applying and removing your pouching system. When long term use of adhesives are necessary, the potential for success is largely due to the state of the peri-stomal skin the appliance is anchored to, so it is very important to prevent skin damage. Keeping your skin intact and healthy goes a long way towards maintaining a consistent seal of your pouching system.
3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film is hypoallergenic and clinically proven to gently protect your skin and prevent damage from adhesives. Using Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film under your appliance will help prevent the irritation that is common with repeat application l of adhesives.
Keeping your skin healthy
During ostomy care, you may have a higher risk of skin damage depending on your age, the presence of underlying medical conditions, malnutrition, dehydration, certain medications, or previous use of adhesive products, but skin irritation does not have to be accepted as a part of ostomy care. There are several steps you can take to make your ostomy recovery process smoother and help protect your skin.
The more you learn about care for your ostomy and your skin, the more you can help facilitate healing and a return to independence. Ask your doctor or nurse lots of questions and begin to participate in your ostomy care as early as possible.
Living with an ostomy means your lifestyle may change, but there are ways that you can make the process more comfortable for yourself and those around you. Choose people to be a part of your rehabilitation process and educate them on the process of recovery. In case of emergency, you will have a support system in place of people who understand how they can help you. Your doctor or nurse can also refer you to professionals who can support you emotionally and mentally through the whole process. Recovery can be easier to manage if you have the space to ask questions and express any concerns you might have.
When using any kind of medical adhesives, your skin should be examined daily for evidence of damage. Under good lighting, check your skin’s colour, texture, uniformity of appearance and integrity, and be sure to report allergies and sensitivities to your care team as well as any changes to your skin.
Use a mild, pH-balanced cleanser and warm, not hot, water. Gently pat your skin dry with a soft cloth, and avoid the use of creams, gels, or lotions that can trap moisture on your skin.
3M™ Cavilon™ Brand Products will prevent the irritation caused by repeated dressings. Use Cavilon™ No-Rinse Skin Cleansers to gently clean your skin without irritation, and try 3M™ Cavilon™ Durable Barrier Cream, 3M™ Cavilon™ Moisture Barrier Ointment (DIN 02443333), and 3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film to create a protective layer between your skin and the necessary stoma adhesives.
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