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Skin barriers protect the peristomal skin from irritating effluent. The skin barrier also serves as the means to attach a pouching system to the body.
In 1972, the Stomahesive Skin Barrier Wafer was ConvaTec's first entry in the ostomy market. Its excellent skin protection provided a major advance in security and comfort for people with ostomies. Its unique formulation allows Stomahesive to adhere to both wet and dry surfaces. This natural "tack" adheres gently, yet firmly, to skin without the need for additional adhesives.
On the outer surface of the Stomahesive Wafer is a waterproof layer. This layer allows the wafer to be worn during showering, bathing, and swimming. In addition, the wafer is designed to conform to the body's contours and be comfortable.
The Stomahesive Skin Barrier is used to protect peristomal skin and can be cut and molded for use in the management of difficult stomas.
It is essential that the fragile skin surrounding all ostomies and wounds be protected from the irritating and excoriating effects of enzymes and other harmful elements often present in intestinal contents, urinary effluent and wound drainage. An important characteristic of the Durahesive Skin Barrier is its ability to help protect against enzymatic destruction by a unique phenomenon known as "turtlenecking." As it absorbs and encapsulates moisture, the Durahesive wafer swells up around the stoma to form a secure barrier which protects peristomal skin from irritating effluent. Swelling occurs in varying amounts depending on the type and volume of effluent/drainage that flows from the stoma or wound.