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Skin barrier extenders are ostomy accessories that can help your skin barrier fit better and last longer.
Skin barrier extenders are curved adhesive strips that “frame” the skin barrier and help it conform to uneven body folds and contours. They may help increase wear time (i.e., how long you can wear your skin barrier before it fails) by reducing barrier edge lifting and increasing the adhesive coverage area.
You may want to consider using skin barrier extenders if:
Skin barrier extenders are made of a thin and flexible hydrocolloid formulation, which allows them to absorb moisture that could compromise the integrity of the skin barrier seal. Three barrier extenders can usually reinforce the entire outer edge of the wafer, but you can use as many as you feel are necessary.
If you use a barrier with an integrated tape border and the tape is causing skin irritation, you can put barrier extenders under the border so it does not make direct contact with your skin.
To get step-by-step instructions on how to apply skin barrier extenders, view our care tips sheet.
Interested in trying our Adapt™ barrier extenders? You can request a sample online or call Hollister Secure StartSM Services at 888.808.7456.
Disclaimer: Prior to use, be sure to read the Instructions for Use for information regarding Intended Use, Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, and Instructions. Contact the manufacturer of your skin barrier extenders directly to get answers to specific product questions.
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Prior to use, be sure to read the Instructions for Use for information regarding Intended Use, Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, and Instructions.
The information provided herein is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare provider. This information should not be used to seek help in a medical emergency. If you experience a medical emergency, seek medical treatment in person immediately.
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