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Angela Jens is a Consumer Marketing Manager at Coloplast US, with a focus in Continence Care.


“I tried various solutions…I experienced leakage, which was really, really distressing.”

– Sandra[1]

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. In fact, a recent study showed a whopping 92% of individuals worry that their barrier will leak, and 76% of individuals experience some level of leakage[1]. Life with an ostomy isn’t straightforward, but it shouldn’t have to involve frequent leakage, either.

Create a custom solution

This feedback – of real experiences from real people – led Coloplast to create a full range of skin-friendly and sting-free accessories designed to reduce leakage and care for skin:

Protect

If your skin is getting damaged by adhesives or stoma output coming in contact with the skin, Brava® Skin Barrier can provide the extra protection you may be looking for. The spray and/or wipes leave a thin, transparent layer of durable liquid barrier on the skin, and don’t affect adhesion of the barrier on top. Unlike some of the skin barrier film or ”prep” products to which you may be accustomed, these sprays and wipes feature an oversized, soft cloth that feels a bit dryer to the touch and doesn’t leave a tacky feel.

 

Defend

The seal around the stoma needs to be resistant to breaking down and dissolving; otherwise there can be risk of leakage. This can damage the skin and require unplanned appliance changes. A Brava® Moldable Ring is your first line of defense to keep leaks at bay – it’s specially formulated to resist breaking down, so it can effectively “caulk” around your stoma to create a tight, long-lasting seal between your barrier, skin and stoma.

 

Secure

Now there is a skin-friendly and elastic tape alternative! Skin-friendly Elastic Barrier Strips are designed to keep your ostomy barrier securely in place while allowing you freedom of movement. Thanks to their elasticity, whether you are stretching for something on the top shelf or bending down to tie your shoe, you can rest assured that your barrier strips will move with you and keep your appliance firmly in place.

Every body is unique – so a customized fit is key. Visit brava.coloplast.us for some guidance on which accessory may be right for you, or mix and match within the Brava range based on your specific needs by ordering here.

1 Coloplast has compensated Sandra to share her SenSura® product experience. Each person’s situation is unique, so your experience may not be the same. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether this product is right for you.

2 Claessens-Spee I, Nilsson C, Steen A. (2014, June). The Ostomy Life Study: A snapshot of how people with a stoma are affected by experiencing leakage and feeling of ‘standing out’. Poster presented at the meeting of WCET, Gothenburg, Sweden. Respondents: 4138

 

 

This article is sponsored by Coloplast.

Men who experience urinary incontinence, or the accidental leakage of urine, are often plagued with embarassment and frustration over their condition. Urinary leakage or ”dribbling” is unpredictable and the ability to choose a dependable product is critical. Often, the first ”go-to” product is absorbent pads or diapers, however there are other options available that may prove to be more successful.

2 of 3 men prefer Conveen® Optima to diapers*

Male external catheters (also known as condom catheters or urisheaths), used with a urine collection bag, offer a comfortable and discreet method of managing male urinary incontinence.

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A customized incontinence solution

Conveen by Coloplast allows you to customize a solution to meet your specific needs and lifestyle. Conveen Optima is a male external catheter suitable for light to severe incontinence and may be worn up to 24 hours. The sheath is self-adhesive for ease of use and to protect against leakage. Application and removal are easy, with the help of the double grip-strip and balanced adhesive. Because a secure fit (circumference and length) is critical to success with male external catheters, Coloplast offers Optima in several sizes.

Conveen Optima

  • Reliable and discreet
  • Customizable to your needs
  • An alternative to absorbents or diapers

Allegro Medical and Coloplast have partnered to offer you this truly unique product. For more information about Conveen Optima, click here. To place an order, visit AllegroMedical.com.

About Coloplast

Coloplast is a global medical device company that develops products and services designed to make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions. We start by listening to our users to better understand their needs and then respond by bringing the best ideas to market in the form of medical devices and service solutions. Coloplast’s design awards speak to its innovation: Conveen® Optima won the Medical Design Excellence award and SpeediCath® Compact Set was awarded the prestigious Red Dot design award. With SpeediCath, Coloplast was the first to develop an instantly ready-to-use catheter, the first to develop a compact catheter for women, and the first to develop an all-in-one compact catheter and bag solution. In addition to continence care, Coloplast’s businesses include urology care, ostomy care, and wound and skin care.

With the development of a strong portfolio of new products and investments in a professional sales force, we now employ more than 8,000 people worldwide. In 2012 and 2013, Coloplast received global recognition for having the best corporate reputation among patients (PatientView), and for being the Most Ethical (Ethisphere Institute) and Most Sustainable (StoreBrand Bank) company. Coloplast is also a finalist for the PM360 Trailblazer Medical Device Company of the Year award, which recognizes achievement in innovation, talent development and social responsibility.

*Chartier-Kastler E et al: Randomized, crossover, prospective, multicenter study comparing quality of life related to the use of urinary sheaths versus diapers in incontinent men, British Journal of Urology, accepted for online publication Sep. 2010

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