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Prospective Evaluation Finds High Levels of Satisfaction with ConvaTec Moldable Skin Barrier
Date:5/28/2009

s felt the moldable product was easy to teach, and participants rated it highly for overall convenience, comfort and the confidence they felt when wearing it.

"Traditional ostomy skin barriers can be difficult to size and shape perfectly which allows for gaps that can compromise skin protection," said Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Jo Hoeflok, lead author and Advanced Practice Nurse at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Given that a patient's confidence in their ostomy appliance also significantly affects their quality of life, the positive ratings given to the moldable product are important for nurses and patients alike."

In the program, 49 enterostomal therapy nurses (ETs) from 39 centers across Canada participated. Data was analyzed from a total of 367 self-reported evaluations (195 ET evaluations and 172 participant evaluations.) The vast majority of participants (95%) had ileostomy or colostomy surgery, and more than 40 percent of all evaluations reported the peristomal skin as having some or extensive redness and breakdown at baseline.

Mean percentages for "very good" to "excellent" ratings from nurses, across all criteria, ranged from 89% for colostomies, to 92.7% for ileostomies and urostomies. In addition to reporting that the product was easy to teach (86.7%), a high percentage of nurses said it was simple for participants to use (88.2%). More than 90 percent said they would recommend it to another healthcare professional.

Overall, the mean percentage of "very good" to "excellent" ratings from participants was 84.2% for colostomies, 85.4% for ileostomies and 92.5% for urostomies. Additionally, 82 percent of all participants felt that they could walk around with confidence and nearly 84 percent said they would recommend the product.

Participant and nurse ratings of effective skin protection also were assessed relative to baseline skin condition. The resu
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