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Our Blog

01 October 2021

The word ‘Stoma’ comes from the Greek word that means ‘mouth’ or ‘opening’. A stoma is an artificial opening in the bowel created to bring ...

29 September 2021

One in 500 people in the UK live with a stoma. Up to 85% of ostomates have experienced common problems such as skin irritation, blockage, leakage, and difficulty attaching and removing appliances, but many do not seek professional help1. One ...

 
24 September 2021

Appropriate treatment of moisture-associated skin damage (MASD) has long been hampered by the lack of simple and practical classification tools.  We believe that the S.M.A.R.T.  resource provides an appropriate treatment ...

13 August 2021

It is estimated that 13,500 people have stoma surgery each year, which means around 1 in every 500 people have a stoma in the UK.1 Due to this high number of people, nurses in different clinical settings will see patients with a stoma. ...

 
23 July 2021

What is MARSI? Medical adhesive-related skin injury (MARSI) occurs when medical adhesives remove superficial layers of skin, resulting in variable levels of skin damage, such as skin-stripping, tension blisters, skin tears, contact ...

02 July 2021

We have all been challenged in delivering services in social and healthcare throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. The intense pressures on staffing and resources have also taken their toll on the provision of ...

 
21 June 2021

Understanding incontinence. Incontinence is the unintentional leakage of urine, faeces, or both. Studies indicate that there are between three and seven million people with some degree of urinary incontinence in the UK. Prevalence of both urinary and ...

28 May 2021

Spring is finally upon us and those of us who participate in sports events find ourselves emerging from what seems like a yearlong Covid hibernation. Groups ...

 
14 May 2021

Moisture-Associated Skin Damage – What is it? Moisture-Associated Skin Damage (MASD) is the result of prolonged exposure to the skin from moisture which comes from various sources of bodily fluids, primarily: urinary and faecal incontinence, sweat, ...

01 April 2021

As a registered nurse with 37 years experience, I sometimes have to cross that divide, and become a patient. As a patient, I’m regularly several steps ahead of those who are caring for me: often I make mental notes to criticise their performance at my ...