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WOCNext 2022

S03 - S03: If You Can't Stand Curves, Get Off the Highway: Driving New Nomenclature for the Characteristics of Convexity

Jun 5, 2022 12:25pm ‐ Jun 5, 2022 1:55pm


Supported by Hollister Incorporated

Regulatory bodies have not yet set parameters for measuring convex ostomy product characteristics and as a result, manufacturers have developed different means for measuring and describing them. Clinicians consequently select convex skin barriers based on subjective assessments rather than objective criteria. An international group of ostomy care nurses met to discuss and put forward five objective and easily identifiable characteristics that can be used when considering a convex skin barrier for a person with an ostomy’s individual need. Attend this session to learn more about the proposed standardized nomenclature and enhance your selection criteria of convex ostomy skin barrier products.

Contact Hours: 1.5

Learning Objective:
  • At the end of this session the learner will identify objective characteristics of standardized convex ostomy faceplates and describe how these characteristics influence clinical decision making when selecting an ostomy appliance for patients with an ostomy.


  • Yves Depaifve, MSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Study Coordinator, Jessa Ziekenhuis Hospital, Belgium
  • Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, Professor and Nurse Practitioner, University of Virginia
  • Laurie L. McNichol, MSN, RN, CNS, GNP, CWOCN, CWON-AP, FAAN, Clinical Nurse Specialist/WOC Nurse, Cone Health
  • Scarlett Summa, Bsc, RN, Pflegeexpertin SKW, Fachtherapeutin Wunde ICW, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen

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