Well I received some sample pouches from Cymed and have tried the two piece drainable system. At first I though I will wait till I go on vacation because these just do not look like they will work. They felt thin and with no material overlay I just knew the noise of the plastic was going to be something I was not use to. I was also thinking that they will be uncomfortable and stick to my skin as I sweat. The pouches are all cut to fit as requested. The flange is know as a floating flange. It is not completely attached to the seal that goes onto your skin. They are also a press and seal type of system which is not what I was expecting or have researched. I assumed that they were the tuppe-rware type that I have heard so much about in the past.
Well for whatever reason that possessed me, I showered and applied the clear one first as I was off from work the next day (Saturday). Strange to see my stoma, but okay. Putting the flange on was easy enough, but cutting this one with the thicker inner part was not a smooth cut. It left scissor jagged edges that I had to smooth out with my fingers after heating it up for a few moments with the hair dryer. Now the pouch, hahaha that was a challenge. Since it was clear I had to line the floating flange up with this red circle around the pouch. Not very easy the first time, so I pealed it off and tried twice more before i thought it was okay. The day went well and I didn't find the noise unbearable and no leaks. The hydrocolloid seal which is on the flange was wonderful. It is thin and gave me very good movement.
Well, I got up a bit later that I should of (Sunday) and had no time to change to the tan pouch so I put my homemade pouch cover overtop and off to work. Of course I had a change of everything already in my locker if needed.
Day two over, time to rinse and clean up and add fresh odor control M9 drops. This is the biggest downfall to this product that I was unhappy with. You couldn't drain without having to open the bottom with your fingers to try and keep it open. It is very flimsy and has a half circle cut out to act as a spout, which I did not find helpful in any way.
Day three, (Monday) home and still no problems but could not bear to look at such a dirty clear bag, so off with the old and on to the new tan, no material overlay pouch. For some reason this pouch seemed noisier.
The flange still holding on with no signs of a leak or pulling away, cool. I'm starting to be impressed.
Day four, (Tuesday) did all the things I usually do but today had more output and had to clean out the pouch more that twice. It was also a warmer day than it has been all week but still no leaks. End of the day, showered and heard the weather was going to be even warmer tomorrow.
Wednesday, (day five) is here and gone and output was also high so cleaning the pouch I found I could feel some output under the press and seal where it looked like their might be a leak if I did not change. I was just going to use the last pouch when I figured I might as well change the flange also as this was my last pouch as well. Two more days before I get another break from work, the weather was warmer and I was not comfortable with the plastic. So time to try what looks like the top of this line.
The MicroSkin pouch. The flange that I had left had no thick seal to cut for my stoma. Instead it was just a piece of plastic, how the heck is this going to work out. Cutting it to fit was much easier than the last one and it felt like it was going to stay put, strange tho, where's the adhesive? Pealing the other flange away was real easy and did not leave all the residue on my skin and I did not feel the need to use a adhesive wipe to be sure it was off before I showered and got ready for the "top of the line." No large indentation or mark from it either. I always see a constant circle from my current brand and small dimples in my skin from the adhesive, as well as a slight redness from lack of air.
Well the top of the line the MicroSkin pouch has a filter, a tan material overlay, and a velcro closure. The clip on the others was no big deal as my pouch cover kept it away from poking me. I felt most comfortable with this last sample as it felt more like a part of me rather than something that was attached to me. I did not use my cover, but used my pocket in case the output was high it would hold up the weight. This pouch also has a more superior opening in the drainage part. It is thicker and you did not have to use your fingers to keep the opening apart.
Overall I would use the MicroSkin two piece drainable press and seal pouch system. But still waiting to try the next sample which is hopefully almost here.