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Convatec launches new Esteem Body™ with Leak Defense™

Latest ostomy system advancement in soft convexity

29 February – Convatec, a leading global medical products and technologies company, today announces that it has launched Esteem Body™ with Leak Defense™ in Italy. The next market to launch will be the United States in April.

The use of soft convexity ostomy barriers, starting post-surgery, is a growing practice fueled in part by global obesity, which has nearly tripled since 19751. The trend has driven abdominal topography changes and related challenges for ostomy care management, such as skin folds and complicated abdominal contours.

Convatec’s new offering to address this growing patient need is a comprehensive, one-piece, soft convexity ostomy system portfolio designed to fit a full range of body types and stoma shapes. The portfolio includes drainable, closed-end, and urostomy pouching solutions.

There are five principal characteristics2 of convexity design, with two of these – ‘tension location’ and ‘convex depth’ - serving as significant drivers for achieving clinical goals of stoma protrusion and/or skin flattening. Convatec’s Esteem Body™ offers eight different combinations of these key characteristics, with four ’tension locations’ (split centrally and peripherally) across two different ’convex depths’. This range gives greater choice and provides the healthcare provider and ostomate the ability to achieve the best possible fit, given that each person living with an ostomy is unique.

Leak Defense™ refers to the exclusive combination of Convatec’s gold-standard adhesives (Durahesive® and Modified Stomahesive®) coupled with the comprehensive, soft convexity range, which together are designed to adapt to the body for a secure seal that can help prevent leaks and achieve a predictable wear time.

The product also offers Convatec’s new ‘body’ pouch, which comes in a patented3 ’8-shape’ that has been designed to sag less as it fills4. The soft yet water-repellent ’flocking’ material, that covers both sides of the pouch, is a warm gray color that hides content, even when wet, and is also discrete, even when worn under white clothing. The flocking was selected to optimise the functionality and discretion of Convatec’s new, modern-looking and feeling pouch design.

Convatec has recently published Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulations5 that help visualise how both magnitude and location, of the tension applied to the ostomy and its surrounding multi-layer tissue, change in accordance with the product selected. It was clear how both tension location and convex depth are key contributors, working together with all convexity characteristics to achieve clinical stoma management goals. The FEA work is the foundation for the scientific and translational work Convatec is doing in ostomy care, and upon which research will be expanded to support clinicians and ostomates.

For more information, visit https://www.convatec.com/esteem-body/

1. NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014: a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19·2 million participants. Lancet. 2016;387:1377-1396.
2. McNichol L, Cobb T, Depaifve Y, Quigley M, Smitka K, Gray, M. Characteristics of Convex Skin Barriers and Clinical Application: Results of an International Consensus Panel. Journal of Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing. 2021;48(6):524-532. According to an International consensus panel (McNichol and colleagues, 2021), the five characteristics of convex skin barriers are: depth, tension location, compressibility, flexibility and slope
3. EU Patent No. EP4157163. 12 September 2023. Patent pending in the USA.
4. 8-shaped pouches only available on closed and drainable pouches.
5. Waller J, Gowans P, Lord S, et al. (January 11, 2024) Impact of Stoma Baseplate Convexity on Tension and Compression Around the Stoma Site: A Finite Element Analysis. Cureus 16(1): e52112. doi:10.7759/cureus.52112

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About Convatec

Pioneering trusted medical solutions to improve the lives we touch: Convatec is a global medical products and technologies company, focused on solutions for the management of chronic conditions, with leading positions in advanced wound care, ostomy care, continence care and infusion care. With around 10,000 colleagues, we provide our products and services in almost 100 countries, united by a promise to be forever caring. Our solutions provide a range of benefits, from infection prevention and protection of at-risk skin, to improved patient outcomes and reduced care costs. Group revenues in 2022 were over $2 billion. The company is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index (LSE:CTEC). To learn more about Convatec, please visit https://www.convatecgroup.com

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