Prospective Evaluation Finds High Levels of Satisfaction with ConvaTec Moldable Skin Barrier

    Results Published in May Issue of Ostomy Wound Management(1)

    SKILLMAN, N.J., May 28 /CNW/ -- Enterostomal therapy nurses and people
living with an ostomy reported very high levels of satisfaction with a new
moldable skin barrier pioneered by ConvaTec Ostomy Care, according to results
from a prospective evaluation published this month in the journal Ostomy Wound

    ConvaTec, a world-leading provider of medical technologies for community
and hospital care, developed Moldable Technology(TM) to provide a better
fitting skin barrier, increased convenience and improved protection of the
skin surrounding the stoma.  Also featuring ConvaTec's proprietary Rebounding
Memory Technology(TM), the barrier's soft, pliable adhesive is rolled open to
fit the desired size and shape with no cutting necessary and then rebounds to
gently hug the individual stoma and contours around the stoma for a secure,
personalized fit.  The proprietary technologies are featured on the company's
SUR-FIT Natura(R) ostomy system, currently available in the U.S. and Canada,
and on other brands around the world.

    Reported by Canadian Enterostomal Therapy Nurses Jo Hoeflok, Sandy Allen,
Delilah Guy and Diane St-Cyr, results from the multi-center evaluation
program, sponsored by ConvaTec, found that the product was rated "very good"
to "excellent" by a high percentage of nurses and participants with an ostomy
across a range of criteria including ease of use, adherence and fit, effective
skin protection, and overall satisfaction. The mean percentage of "very good"
to "excellent" ratings across all criteria was more than 91% from nurses and
87% from participants -- ratings that were also consistently high regardless
of ostomy type.

    Both nurses and participants reported that the product was easy to apply,
mold and create a customized fit, and gave it high ratings for effective skin
protection. Importantly, nurses 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 results showed that the
ratings were overall high for both groups regardless of baseline skin
condition reported.

    "The level of existing skin problems reported in the evaluations is close
to that found in a previous clinical study, suggesting that the participants
in this program are a representative sample of individuals living with an
ostomy," added Hoeflok.  "Our results on skin protection are therefore an
important finding as it indicates the moldable barrier may be effective at
preventing skin breakdown and protecting the skin in a variety of clinical

    About ConvaTec
    ConvaTec is a leading developer and marketer of innovative medical
technologies that have helped improve the lives of millions of people
worldwide. With four key business divisions -- Ostomy Care, Wound
Therapeutics, Continence and Critical Care and Infusion Devices -- ConvaTec
products support health care professionals from the hospital to the community
health setting. From its headquarters in Skillman, New Jersey, the company
oversees more than 8,000 employees in over 90 countries serving consumers and
their health care professionals on six continents. For more information,
please visit

    Moldable Technology and Rebounding Memory Technology are trademarks of
ConvaTec Inc.

    SUR-FIT Natura is a registered trademark of ConvaTec Inc.

    (1) Hoeflok J, Guy D, Allen S, St-Cyr D. A prospective multicenter
evaluation of a moldable stoma skin barrier. Ostomy Wound Management


    Punnie Donohue                   Courtney Judd
    ConvaTec                         Weber Shandwick
    908-904-2151                     212-445-8365


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