Convex skin barrier products have continued to evolve over the past decade but there is scant evidence for guiding the selection of these products. Clinicians primarily rely on experience for selecting the optimal convex skin barrier for a person with an ostomy. While prior work has been done in recognizing the need for identifying fundamental characteristics of convex skin barriers, existing definitions do not provide sufficient detail or a quantifiable measure to enable clinicians and manufacturers to investigate and compare features across products or between various manufacturers.
An international meeting of clinicians from 11 countries with expertise in the care of people living with an ostomy was brought together in order to propose standard definitions of convex barrier characteristics and the clinical application of these ostomy skin barriers based on these characteristics.
After this presentation, the participants will be able to:
1. Describe the following 5 characteristics of convex skin barriers: depth, compressibility, flexibility, slope and tension location
2. Discuss the clinical application of convex skin barriers based on these 5 characteristics of convexity