This guide is designed to:
Provide an insight into the anatomy and physiology of the skin
Explain the interaction between ostomy adhesives and peristomal skin
Describe the five key parameters of adhesives and explain how they interact
Offer assistance in choosing the most appropriate adhesive for each individual
Provide information on the everyday raw materials used to make adhesives
Ostomy adhesives are vital because they protect the peristomal skin from exposure to stomal effluent, which helps to maintain healthy skin. This guide explains how adhesives work and how they can be optimised for different appliances, for different wear times and to suit the needs of people living with an ostomy. Adhesive optimisation is illustrated with specific case studies highlighting the adhesive parameters that will maximise comfort and convenience for the individual, while ensuring that the skin remains healthy.
A product guide that is designed to help you make the best choice of appliance for a person with an ostomy, based on skin and stoma type, is also included. The product guide will help you become familiar with the different types of ostomy appliances and accessories that are currently available. Finally, a guide to the raw materials that are used in the manufacture of adhesives provides basic information about the raw materials used to manufacture adhesives, and shows how they are used in everyday life. Words contained in the Glossary are indicated in the text in bold type at first mention.
This guide should allow you to relate your own practical experience to the information provided, while increasing your knowledge about ostomy adhesives.