Salts bag trial and review

I saw my stoma nurse earlier this week and, after a brief chat, we decided I may need a convex bag again but because she was conscerned my stoma might prolapse if the bag was putting too much pressure on my bowel, she offered the Salts 1-piece drainable convex bag to try for a bit as they are meant to be more flexible than other convex bags and so shouldn’t put as much pressure on the bowel.

It’s a tad bit smaller than the Sensura Mio, with a petal shaped baseplate and a drainage end similar to the Dansac drainable, except it has a small tab on the end which makes opening it easier. The material used to cover the bag is soft, water repellent and makes the bag look a lot less clinical. First impressions after wearing it for an afternoon where that it was a good bag that held it’s shape fairly well when full and that didn’t rustle when moving.

But.

I had issues with the opening. I found, although easier to open and clean than the Dansac, it was still messy and would leak a tiny amount of output when closed because it lacked the extra side tabs that the Sensura Mio has.

I thought that maybe I could get used to the opening but then I realised that I was scratching myself raw around the edges of the baseplate – something I was told shouldn’t happen because there is aloe vera in the adhesive to prevent such itchiness. If this was the only issue then I might not have minded too much but because of the opening as well, I’ve decided I prefer the Sensura Mio.

That’s not all to say that the Salts bag isn’t any good. I like it, I really do. It’s just that I can’t get on with the opening (I guess the Sensuro Mio has spoiled me?) and the reaction to the adhesive. I don’t want to deal with the tiny leaks or the itchiness, things that I haven’t had with the Sensura Mio.

I have had other ostomates mention/recommend other bags to me so I may try them in the future but, for now at least, I’m happy with what I’ve got.

Dansac Novalife convex vs SenSuro Mio convex

So, I was having trouble with the flat SenSuro Mio bags where they would start to leak after only a days wear. I saw my Stoma nurse and, after looking at my stoma, she decided I would benefit from using a convex bag as my stoma had shifted and was now leaning to one side, meaning all the output was going onto one part of the bag and eroding it much faster than it was meant to.

The skin around my stoma was a little irritated which my nurse said could be because of the adhesive, so she gave me some samples of who different bags; the Dansac Novalife and the SenSuro Mio convex. I tried the SenSuro Mio first to see if it was the adhesive that was causing my skin to be irritated. We don’t think it was because it’s no longer as itchy or red when wearing the SenSuro bags so it was likely a combination of a heat rash (we’ve had a mini heatwave recently), the adhesive and the leakage causing my skin to become inflamed and itchy.

The bags themselves are much like the flat ones except they are a little heavier and stick out a bit more than the Dansac bags. They did take a little getting used to as well, as they have four little loops which you can attach a belt to if needed. Also, because the convex part is a lot thicker, it does sometimes look like there is a tiny bit of leakage when really it’s just a shadow. Other than that, I found them very comfortable and they seem to muffle any stoma noise quite well.

I’ve also tried the Dansac bags which, at first, I liked. However, after a little while, it became clear that they weren’t as good as the SenSuro bags. Don’t get me wrong, the adhesive is fine, it doesn’t irritate my skin and comes off easily, and the bag itself is very light. However, the opening is really weird; instead of having an extra bit on the underside of the bag, it just has an opening at the end with both sides being the same length. This made it harder for me empty without making a mess. Another thing that I didn’t like was that when the bag gets full (like at night), it doesn’t keep its shape as well as the SenSuro bags do and feels like it’s pulling on the skin a lot more than the SenSuro.

Overall, I prefer the SenSuro Mio Convex bags so I’ve asked for my prescription to be changed to them now.