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I think the barrier wipe night be your problem. Every time I tried to use one, my wafer would not stick.
I recommend putting a thin strip of paste around the hole in the wafer and applying the wafer to bare skin. Press your hands down on the wafer for about a minute and smooth out any wrinkles. The warmth from your hands should make the wafer stick to your skin.
I hope this helps!
I think it depends on the wafer you're using when it comes to having a problem with the skin barrier wipes or not. The wafer I use has a built in skin barrier, so I don't need the wipes. I tried using the wipes before I knew the skin barrier was built in, and the wafer peeled off every time.
Countrybear, I use the Coloplast Assura Extended Wear Wafer (item #2833) with matching pouch (item #13986) and get 7 days wear time with no leaks. You might want to consider switching to another product to see if you get better results.
Also, I use an adhesive remover wipe to remove the wafer, so it doesn't pull my skin. It makes the wafer slide right off.
ohcountrybear--sorry you are having such difficulties, but you've found a great place to vent and get suggestions!! Welcome
I was taught to put the paste on the wafer, let it set a minute, then apply. I now swear by the Eakin Seal (the donut previously mentioned)...shape, apply to wafer and apply!
I would also suggest trying a wafer with convexity...that can usually solve problems when you are getting so many leaks! There is "light" and "regular" types so you may have to try both. You may also want to try a Convatex Mouldable Wafter...you can actually shape the opening to your needs, apply, and it will "turtleneck" to you stoma, so it is always the right size. Try going to www.UOAA.com, they have links to all the manufacturers and you can get some really great information from those sites.
Next, are you near a teaching hospital? even if you have to drive an hour, it might be worth it...it sounds like your wound care center isn't very knowledgeable in stoma care and you might get some more help getting things straightened out if you could see a Stoma Nurse at a larger facility.
Let us know how things progress!
Post Edited (OHIO76) : 3/22/2009 7:19:44 AM (GMT-6)