The Osto-Ez-Vent is a very clever little product from America which is now available over here in the UK thanks to our friends at OstoMART which helps us vent out the trapped gas in our pouches.
Osto-Ez-Vent plus OstoMIST Pouch Deodoriser (sample bottles)
When we are wearing today’s ostomy pouches they are very good at remaining hidden underneath our clothes, like our little secret. However, as we naturally express gas/wind and it starts to build up in the pouch it can become rather obvious to even the untrained eye. Regardless of if our pouches are filtered or not I should think it’s fair to say that every ostomate has encountered a time when their pouch has filled completely with air and left us looking like we’re hiding a hot air balloon down our pants or dresses.
In the past when this happened you were usually left with two options: 1. Change the pouch, or; 2. “Burp” the bag, which is when two piece users would un-clip the pouch a bit from the flange to let the air out, then reapply it. Or for one piece users it was a riskier proposition to do this as you’d have to lift a portion of the adhesive baseplate off the skin, let the air out, then try to stick the patch of baseplate back down although which never adhered like it did upon the original application.
Thankfully though, there is now a third option which will be especially useful to the one piece pouch wearing ostomates around the world when they apply the vent when they first stick their pouch in place.
To use the Osto-Ez-Vent you just need stick the vent on to the outer plastic lining of your pouch – as shown here – making sure that it’s at the top end of your pouch, above the location where the stoma would naturally be. (Note: if your pouch has a fabric lining then you need to cut some of that away first. In this picture I was a little bit over-ambitious in the cutting department but it will give you an idea on how large an area is needed – about the size of a 50 pence piece would be sufficient.)
With the Osto-Ez-Vent in place you simply need to poke a hole into the plastic lining of your pouch into the Osto-Ez-Vent. With that done, make sure the cap on your new vent is closed and you are ready to re-apply your pouch if you’ve removed it, or yet to apply it, or if applying it externally with the pouch in place already then you are good to go.
Using the Osto-Ez-Vent is simplicity itself. As your pouch fills with gas you just need to flip the cap of the vent open, let the air out, and firmly re-apply the cap.
One thing to note is that these do not filter the gas, so it can be a bit wiffy. A good way around this problem is to apply deodorising drops into the pouch when you apply it. There are many different types of such products out there, but OstoMART themselves have some fantastic deodorising drops which they recommend being used in conjunction with the Osto-Ez-Vent for maximum impact – or rather lack of impact. During my testing of the vents, I found that the drops made a huge difference to the smell. I was particularly fond of the tangerine scented one too, as I found it worked better than the mint.
Regardless of if you use a pouch deodorant or not it is best to empty the gas sooner rather than later so it doesn’t have time to fester in your pouch. So, dont wait until its completely swollen. Also, if you dont use pouch deodoriser drops then it would be advantages to spray the room with air freshener first.
For more information on the Osto-Ez-Vent check out the OstoMART website page for the product, and likewise check out the OstoMIST pouch deodorant page on which you can also order some samples. Alternatively, for our non-UK readers, find out more about the Osto-Ez-Vent on the product’s homepage.
Whilst the Osto-Ez-Vent is certainly no replacement for today’s pouches top of the range filters, but it’s not meant to be. The product will be great for anyone whose favourite pouch does not have a filter already, or as a handy back up item to keep in your change kit for when out and about in case you start ballooning badly whilst out and about. Recommended.
OstoMART’s Osto-Ez-Vent product page:
OstoMART’s OstoMIST pouch deodoriser drops product page:
The US/International Osto-Ez-Vent Product Homepage
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