Wednesday, May 4, 2016

5 Tips You Need To Know About Eakin Cohesive Seals For Ostomy Appliances

Important Tips For Eakin Cohesive Seals

It is safe to say that every ostomate has heard of Eakin cohesive seals at some point.  They may or may not use them or maybe an analogous product from another manufacturer. Eakin accessories are a widely used and trusted ostomy accessory around the United States. We have some important points that can help you decide which Eakin ostomy accessory is best for you.  

Four Types of Eakin Ostomy Accessories

Did you know there are four different kinds of eakin ostomy accessories?  They have designed them to be different diameters and thicknesses to best fit your individual needs.  
#839001 Large Eakin Cohesive Seals 4" - Large cohesive seals for urostomates to cover a large area of peristomal skin and can be used with deep convexity fitting situations.
#839002 Small Eakin Cohesive Seals 2" - Designed for those with high fluid content and to resolve leakage problems.  This can also provide "soft" convexity.
#839005 Slim Eakin Cohesive Seals 2" - Like the 839002 but not as thick. Designed for those who change their pouch often and have convex ostomy pouches. Use these with Pre-cut ostomy appliances to get an exact fit.
#839006 Eakin Cohesive StomaWrap - Designed for ostomates with large or oval shaped stomas as well as those individuals with limited dexterity. This design also facilitates a quick pouching routine.
eakin seals and stomawrap
Eakin Ostomy Accessories

Tip#1 Use What Corresponds to Your Ostomy Type

Do you have a urostomy? If so, the 839001 large rings are recommended for you.  Do you have an ileostomy? It's likely that the 839002 small rings will best suit your needs.  If you have a colostomy and wear a one-piece pouch, the 839005 slim rings will be a great option.

Tip#2 Do You Have Limited Dexterity?

If it's difficult to do fine motor skills with your hands, then the 839006 StomaWrap will be easiest to use.  Just take the paper off and wrap it around the stoma and overlapping any excess material.

Tip#3 Is Your Stoma Large or Oval Shaped?

If your stoma is really large or oval shaped making it hard to fit with the traditional Eakin stoma rings, then the StomaWrap 839006 will be the best product to use.

Tip#4 Ways To Save Money

You can save often by buying in bulk as retailers may give "bulk" discounts. Also, watch for sales.  As mentioned earlier there are similar products made by Hollister, Coloplast, Nu-Hope and more that could be less in price and may even be the better choice for you.  It's important for you to sample these and make your own decision.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Parthenon Medical Supplies - Your Complete Source for Ostomy and Wound Medical Supplies

Medical Supplies with Personalized Service

Parthenon medical supplies specializes in ostomy supplies and wound dressings.  We've done this for over fifty years and have it down to a science! The staff at Parthenon knows what medical supplies are out there and how to get the items you want and need -- at the lowest price!  Moreover, we know how important prompt and polite service is and that's why you get nothing less when you shop online at Parthenon for medical supplies.

New Ostomy Products for 2016

Parthenon produces the largest catalog of ostomy and wound medical supplies nationwide. Some new items for this year include Hollister's ceramide infused skin barriers and their Premier Soft Convex ostomy pouch system.  Also, Nu-Hope Laboratories has their Nu-Comfort ostomy belts designed to provide extra peristomal support without moving to a super wide belt (it's twice the width of standard belts).  There are other items coming this year, so visit us often.  Below is a great review from a Facebook friend/customer!  Go ahead and leave us a review too!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tips for Preventing Blockages in an Ileostomy and Colostomy

If you have a colostomy or ileostomy bag you do not want a blockage. 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!