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Which Works Better? Ostomy Paste or Barrier Rings?

Posted by Fortis Medical Products  on May 31, 2023

Do you have all the right accessories for guaranteeing proper stoma care? 

There’s more to managing your ostomy situation than just the pouches. Optimal health maintenance for ostomates should include the use of ancillary items like barrier rings, wafers, ostomy paste, extension strips, odor eliminators, and so forth. This article will delve into how to use ostomy paste and barrier rings.

Which Works Best? Ostomy Paste or Barrier Rings?

Ostomy paste is like a sealer substance or caulking that binds the pouch system together, whereas barrier rings are pre-formed rings that hold things tight like an O-ring for plumbing.

They both serve a similar function, so you may choose one or the other. The decision may come down to personal experiences after trial-and-error practicing, or contingent upon which pouch system you like best. It’s entirely up to you, but there are certain advantages to either approach.

Benefits of Using Ostomy Paste

  • Despite its name, it’s more like a glue or caulking, but it’s perfectly safe for direct skin application. Some patients do it either that way or by using it on a wafer and adhering it to the pouch system.
  • Ostomy paste is often more cost-effective than barrier rings and other seals.
  • It only takes about a minute or two to apply, wait to dry, and walk away with an almost leaker-proof pouch.

Benefits of Using Barrier Rings

  • There’s far less mess involved with barrier rings.
  • By browsing through our selection of Entrust barriers, you’ll find ways to mold and apply them to fit your particular size, shape, and skin conditions.
  • This may be the safer option for handling either high liquid output, thick and heavy output, or an unpredictable combination of both.
  • It’s also possible to use our barrier rings together with ostomy paste.

Tips for Applying Them

There are a few things to remember when applying ostomy paste or skin barriers.

For ostomy paste, clear the surrounding skins of any other obstacles or residues to ensure sturdier adherence. It’s best to avoid soaps that leave residues altogether. Then, make sure you dry your skin effectively after showering or sanitizing.

For barrier rings, you should also focus on getting the skin dry. Then, you can decide whether to apply them directly to your skin or to a wafer (either method is acceptable). You’ll also find that the material is pretty stretchable, which can work to your advantage when you’re new to all this.

Don’t forget that you can reach someone at Fortis Medical Products anytime if you have questions regarding ostomy paste, barrier rings, or any other ostomy products. We hold over 25 U.S. and international patents for the pouches and accessories we create. Contact us anytime to inquire about samples or application steps by calling 855-550-2600.

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