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Tube Feeding Tips: Skin Protectants

Skin Protectants and Dressings

I went to a wound center because of skin breakdown caused by leaking around my tube, and they gave me Marathon™ Liquid Skin Protectant. This is the first thing that has stayed on long enough to help and is thick enough. It’s sort of painted on using a single-dose applicator so it’s easy to cover skin areas that are not smooth, and it’s okay to use it on irritated skin. I was able to get it on Amazon. I’ll admit it’s a little pricey, but it’s been well worth it for me.

They also gave me super-absorbent pads called Optilock™ non-adhesive wound dressing. The Optilock can’t be cut (or the special insides burst out and make a mess…I speak from experience!), but I folded it around my J-tube and could just lay it flat over the site. The skin protectant was great in protecting my skin, but the dressing helped absorb the intestinal leakage.

I also use Mepilex® Lite wound care foam dressings with Safetac®.  They are wonderful and easy to use since they stick right to the skin and I can cut them to go around the J-tube. They are actually easier (for me, anyways) to use than the Optilock dressing, but Optilock absorbs better. I was blessed that the wound care center nurses gave me some to try. They are somewhat expensive to purchase even via Amazon, but they are well worth it.

—Cindy L.
lovingartist28@yahoo.com

LifelineLetter, May/June 2013

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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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