ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, announced observational study results showing that use of ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers helped to maintain skin integrity and improve peristomal skin issues in stoma patients. The final study results were presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society in Charlotte, NC.
In one arm of the study, titled OSMOSE, more than 95 percent (95.4%, N=305) of new stoma patients started on ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers still had normal skin after two months. In the second study arm of existing ostomates wearing traditional skin barriers with pre-existing skin conditions, more than 88 percent (88.5%, N=140) had improved skin within two months after switching to ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers.
Overall, patients in both arms of the study indicated a very high level of satisfaction with ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers. Among new stoma patients, more than 90 percent (90.8%) rated the skin barrier as excellent or good. Among existing ostomates and those with pre-existing skin conditions, 85 percent rated the skin barrier as excellent or good. The performance of the skin barrier was rated highly by patients for ease of use, security and comfort. At the end of the study, 95 to 90 percent of patients, in the first and second arms respectively, reported they would recommend ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers to other ostomy patients.
“Peristomal skin disorders are a common yet, as our study demonstrated, largely preventable issue for people with an ileostomy or colostomy,” said lead investigator Daniéle Chaumier, ET Nurse, Hôpital Tenon, Paris, France. “With proper care and training on stoma management, and the selection of the right skin barrier, people living with an ostomy can enjoy a better quality of life than many currently do at this time.”
ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers with Rebounding Memory Technology™ are the only skin barriers with a patented tri-laminate construction that actively adjusts to the shape and contours of the stoma. ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers are supported by extensive clinical experience demonstrating their ability to prevent leaks and protect the peristomal skin[i], [ii]
[i] Scott V, Raasch D, Kennedy G, Heise C. Prospective assessment and classification of stoma related skin disorders. Poster presented at: 41st Annual Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Conference; June 6-10, 2009; Orlando, FL.
[ii] Hoeflok J, Guy D, Allen S, St-Cry D. A prospective multicenter evaluation of a moldable stoma skin barrier. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2009;55(5):62-69.