01 April, 2021
This post is sponsored by CliniMed and SecuriCare.
If you’re experiencing issues with your stoma, you’re not alone. It’s very common to experience some problems following stoma surgery*. The good news is that many of these can be solved, or even prevented, through lifestyle and stoma care routine choices and by using products which suit your circumstances. CliniMed have just introduced Aura® Plus, their latest stoma pouch range, designed to overcome these problems and provide a positive pouch experience.
*Please consult your Stoma Care Nurse if you’re unsure about any of these issues.
The majority of ostomates experience leakage at some stage following stoma surgery1. Stoma pouches can leak for a number of reasons.
If the skin is too moist it can be difficult to effectively apply the flange, so you should make sure your skin is dry before you apply your pouch.
If the hole of your flange is too big for your stoma, leakage can occur. If you suspect the hole of your flange is too big for your stoma, you should re-measure your stoma using a measuring guide and make sure the hole is cut to the exact diameter and shape of your stoma going forward.
Using the right stoma pouches and accessories can help to prevent leakage. Finding the right mix of products can help you be confident that your pouch will stay secure throughout the day.
If you’re struggling with sore skin around your stoma, you should always contact your Stoma Care Nurse in the first instance.
Leakage is a common cause of sore skin. Stoma output can disrupt the skin’s surface, causing skin irritation and breakdown, so preventing leakage can help to prevent sore skin.
Your stoma care routine can sometimes contribute to sore skin, as irritation can occur when the flange is removed from the skin. You should remove your flange carefully and avoid ripping it off. Using an adhesive remover can help you quickly and easily remove your stoma pouch whilst reducing the risk of irritation.
You may also find that using a stoma pouch with a skin-friendly adhesive flange can help to prevent sore skin around your stoma.
Another common problem, especially for colostomates, is ballooning. This is where your stoma pouch blows up with wind which can cause the pouch to be pushed away from the body.
The risk of ballooning can be reduced by using a stoma pouch with a filter which helps wind escape. If you use a filter cover (the stickers which may come in pouch boxes on a sheet of paper to peel off and stick over the filter), you can try removing it to help more wind escape from the pouch.
If you’re still experiencing problems, you might also like to try altering your diet to reduce excess wind. Fizzy drinks, spicy foods and some vegetables (onions, cabbage, peas, beans) can contribute to excess wind. Understanding which foods contribute to wind can help you adjust your diet which can have a positive impact on reducing the risk of ballooning.
Aura Plus – make a positive choice
Aura Plus is designed around what you value – security, comfort, and healthy skin, and it can help you overcome many challenges faced with your stoma care. The unique plus shaped flange reduces the risk of leaks and the skin-friendly hydrocolloid contains medical grade Manuka honey, which may help to promote healthy skin around the stoma. Aura Plus is available in a choice of colours, so you have the freedom to mix and match with a bold, versatile black pouch and a light, simple sand pouch.
- Reduced risk of leaks
Unique plus shaped flange reduces the risk of leakage channels forming when the flange is applied to the skin
- Skin health
Skin-friendly hydrocolloid flange contains medical grade Manuka honey, which is known for its therapeutic properties and may help to promote healthy skin around the stoma
- Reduced risk of ballooning
Aura Plus Closed benefits from the Dual-Carb® 2 filter which reduces ballooning and improves deodorisation
Aura Plus has made a huge difference to those who have tried it already:
“It felt more secure and I didn’t feel the need to keep checking it as often”
Mrs T, North East
“The shape of the flange certainly stopped the leakage I suffer”
Mr L, East Anglia
“Can sleep better with these, as no leakage and more secure and better for my skin around stoma”
Mr K, Home Counties
S.T.A.R.S. (SecuriCare Telephone Advice and Response Service)
Need to talk to someone? A new service from CliniMed’s sister company, SecuriCare, called S.T.A.R.S. (SecuriCare Telephone Advice and Response Service) gives you telephone access to stoma support that cares for you. If you’d like to speak to a Stoma Care Nurse about any concerns then call S.T.A.R.S. on 0808 159 3755 between Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm and we can arrange for you to speak to a Stoma Care Nurse within one working day of your call.
- Richbourg, Thorpe & Rapp, (2007), “Difficulties experienced by the ostomate after hospital discharge”, J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs, 34(1), p.70–79.
- White & Evans, (2019), “Clinical governance for ostomates at risk of peristomal skin complications”, British Journal of Nursing, 28(16), s.24-32.