Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tips for Preventing Blockages in an Ileostomy and Colostomy

It's normal for your intestine to have periods of activity and inactivity, but if your stoma is inactive for approximately 4 to 6 hours in addition to cramps/pain/nausea, you may have a blockage (also known as an obstruction) in your intestine.  It is important to know what foods can cause a blockage in an ileostomy and what you can do if you have one now.

Steps to prevent a blockage in your ostomy
  • Chew food thoroughly
  • Avoid swallowing a piece of gristle of meat
  • If trying a new food, start with a small taste to measure how your body responds
  • Eat smaller quantities more often rather than a few large meals
  • Stay hydrated

Foods that can cause a blockage
  • Cabbage
  • Kale, spinach, char, etc (greens)
  • Celery
  • Pinapple
  • Nuts
  • Coconut 
  • Corn

If you do experience an intestinal blockage here are a few things to try to get things moving along!
  • Try a relaxing warm bath
  • Change body position
  • Don't take a laxative
  • Note any stomal swelling and enlarge the wafer stoma opening accordingly
  • Finally, call your WOC nurse or doctor for assistance with an intestinal blockage!

Tips for ileostomy obstructions

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Parthenon Ostomy Supplies Visit The Midwest! Couldn't Make It To UOAA 2015 in St. Louis? Take A Look Here!

St. Louis, MO was the host for the UOAA meeting in 2015 and it was a great time!  There was an excellent representation throughout the industry and we are thrilled to view the new photos of the attendees! Here they are!
United Ostomy Association of America 2015 Photos

ostomy meetings

We are looking forward to the next meeting in 2017!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

How To Use Silverseal Hydrogel Wound Dressings

A great new hydrogel dressing from Alliqua Biomedical is now available at Parthenon called SilverSeal!  SilverSeal wound dressings are indicated for use on partial/full thickness dermal ulcers, leg ulcers, superficial wounds, abrasions, first/second degree burns, donor sites, and debrided/grafted partial thickness wounds.  SilverSeal wound dressings protect the wound area and permits the passage of wound fluid through the product to be absorbed by absorbent material over the dressing.  SilverSeal's integrated silver protects against microbial contamination and offers low adhesion for less pain when changing dressings.

SilverSeal should be applied directly to the wound bed. If the wound is wet then cover it with a conventional dressing to absorb fluid.  SilverSeal should be left on the wound for no longer than 7 days. 

hydrogel wound supplies

Silverseal® Hydrogel Wound Dressing 4" x 4", 10/box

Contraindications: Ascertained individual hypersensitivity to nylon or silver; cardiac defibrillators.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Peristomal Skin Irritation Causes

After your ostomy surgery is completed and you are settled in on the appliance you want to use, it is important to take excellent care of the skin around your stoma.  It is a common issue and one we hear from customers on a daily basis.  

Skin around your stoma can get irritated by one of these problems below:
  • Leaks from your ostomy appliance.  It can be very acidic.
  • Sizing of the wafer opening can be either too large or too small. If it's too large leaks can occur and if it's too small it will pinch the stoma.
  • Skin sensitivity to tapes, adhesives, protectants and other materials.
  • Changing your ostomy pouch too often.
  • Wounds near the stoma.
 You can buy all sorts of ostomy accessories to remedy these problems at Parthenon.  We sell Coloplast, Convatec, Hollister and more!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Salt Lake City, Utah Ostomy and Wound Supply Company Attends National Ostomy Conference!

Meet Parthenon in St. Louis
UOAA National Conference
This September the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) will host its 10th anniversary at its national conference in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Parthenon Company, a discount medical supply company, is excited to attend the event.  The entire event runs from September 1 through September 6 and will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency at The Arch along the Mississippi River. 

A wide assortment of sessions and speakers will center on information for patients who have had ostomy surgery, more specifically an ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy.  There will be sessions for ostomy support group leaders on how to strengthen the group, introductory sessions from ostomy manufacturers, several social events, a clinic for individuals to meet with a Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN) for a stoma exam,  the exhibitors hall and many more workshops!  This is an excellent event for anyone with an ostomy or who has a loved one with an ostomy.  

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The Parthenon Company is a discount medical supply company based in Salt Lake City, Utah that specializes in ostomy and wound care supplies.  It has served its patient population spanning the entire country for over 50 years.  Parthenon publishes the largest ostomy only catalog in the country and offers significant savings to anyone purchasing ostomy appliances as well as wound dressings.  We carry all brands especially, Coloplast, ConvaTec, Hollister, Nu-Hope, Mepilex, and Medline wound dressings.