just wanted to add a few tips that help prevent leaks/extend the life of my seal.... (I use 2 piece setup with Hollister pouch and new image wafers, and eakin seals):
(1) Before starting the wafer change process, I have my wafer ready to go with the eakin seal "donut" moulded to a size slightly smaller than the precut wafer size, so that when it goes onto my stoma it will have to expand a bit,
(2) I blow dry the skin around my stoma on high air flow/medium heat for about
30 seconds and then I blow dry the underside of the wafer with the attached and molded wafer already on, for about
30 seconds on high heat to make the putty stickier and more maleable and the sticky parts of the wafer and outer wafer adhesive stickier;
(3) after slipping the wafer and the donut shaped seal around my stoma snuggly onto my skin, I use "the equalizer" (google "stomaplex equalizer") basically a custom cut piece of hose, to evenly apply pressure for about
30 seconds to the inner part of the seal. afterwards I use my fingers to do likewise to press snugly on the outer portions of the seal ... then I attach my pouch and usually apply some heat with the blow dryer one more time for another 20 s or so and I am all done.
Note, if ones stoma happens to be active when changing, I'll keep,a crumpled paper towel around it while I do this stuff, and if necessary, I'll put the pounch on first and then do the equalizer and finger pressing thing to the seal afterwards, but normally I time my changes in the morning (i normally chamge about
every 4 days) so that it is not active. When blow drying the underside of the wafer to make it stickier, I keep it from blowing away by using the equalizer to press down on the still unpeeled portion of the paper backing of the outer adhesive of the wafer and hold it in place on the outer ledge of my sink or bathroom countertop.
Post Edited (Probiotic) : 2/27/2016 1:15:03 PM (GMT-7)