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Preliminary Results of a Large Scale Study Show ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers Help to Prevent and Improve Peristomal Skin Issues in Ostomy Patients
Date:6/23/2011

SKILLMAN, N.J., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, announced new 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 preliminary study results were presented at the 11th Congress of the European Council of Enterostomal Therapy (ECET) in Bologna, Italy.

"Peristomal skin integrity plays an important role in stoma management, and the selection of a skin barrier is the first line of defense in maintaining healthy skin," said lead investigator Daniele Chaumier, ET Nurse, Hopital Tenon, Paris, France.  "The preliminary results observed in this study, conducted in routine care, show that utilizing this unique skin barrier technology can improve peristomal skin issues and prevent their occurrence."

The observational, prospective study titled OSMOSE* evaluated the progression of peristomal skin conditions in stoma patients using ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers over a two month period, involving more than 100 active centers in France.  The study included two arms: 1) patients using ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers as their first system after surgery and 2) patients using ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers as a replacement for another device due to a reported peristomal skin issue. The level of patient satisfaction and the potential impact on quality of life were also assessed.

Both sets of patients in the study were evaluated over the test period by clinicians using the SACS™ Instrument, a content-validated instrument to assess and classify peristomal skin lesions by type and location in relation to the stoma.

More than 800 colostomy and ileostomy patients were enrolled and data for more than 700 patients were analyzed. Among patient
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