The Cycle of Unhealthy Skin
The condition of skin around the stoma (known as the peristomal skin) greatly affects how well a skin barrier can adhere to the abdomen, which impacts comfort and a sense of confidence.
Skin that is exposed to leakage from the stoma is at significant risk for a complication. And, if the barrier is changed too frequently, this can also lead to injury to the skin.
Both of these root causes diminish the ability of the skin barrier to work properly. When a Peristomal Skin Complication (PSC) has occurred, the skin continues to be at risk for further damage and a vicious cycle can result.
This is why a properly fitting skin barrier and the right barrier formulation is so important — as it helps protect the skin from being irritated by stoma drainage.
McNichol, L., Lund, C., Rosen, T., Gray, M., Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of Science JWOCN 2013 Vol. 40., No 4. Page 365-390
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