Salts Healthcare, an old English medical company, recently introduced a new stoma collar. Composed of alphathane polyurethane, that provides both flexibility and strength, the Dermacol collar is easy on the skin and comfortable to work with. Birmingham Post reports that the device has already been launched in the UK, Australia and Sweden, and will be available in Europe from June, 2009.
Features from the product page:
Skin-friendly hydrocolloid: Our research into hydrocolloids is accredited by the British Skin Foundation. The hydrocolloid used for Dermacol has been specially selected to give a high tack/quick grab onto the skin, and to be very soft and flexible, without causing skin irritation. The washer has a clear release film, clearly marked with the product code, and includes a thumb tab for easy removal.
Optimum size and height: The exact height of the collar has been carefully selected, following extensive user assessments over the last three years. Dermacol can be used on stomas that are very slightly oval, but should not be used on retracted stomas.
Soft and flexible collar: Thin and flexible, the Dermacol stoma collar moves with the body as the patient bends, twists and turns, staying in contact with the stoma. The unique collar is made from AlphathaneÂ®, a new patented polyurethane formulated to resist the output from ileostomies. The Dermacol collar is extremely soft and pliable. In fact, the collar stretches proportionately to three times its own diameter. This allows for normal peristaltic movement of the stoma.
Easy application: There are two easy ways to use Dermacol, whether your patients use a one-piece pouch or a two-piece system. Patients can attach the Dermacol to their skin first, then put their pouch on in the usual way. Or they can attach it to their pouch first (or attach it to their flange first if they’re a two-piece user), then fit both around the stoma. Dermacol is easy to remove and comes away with the pouch or flange when they are changed.
Product page: Dermacol …