A Mini Guide to Ostomy Supplies: Protective Sheets (w/ Video)

Ostomy Protective Sheets


Mini Guide to Ostomy Supplies: Protective Sheets
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What Are Protective Sheets?

Protective Sheets are used to create a physical barrier between your skin and the wafer in order to allow skin to heal better.  This can come in handy if you’ve experienced irritation or skin allergies that have been difficult to manage.

How Protective Sheets Are Usually Sold

These products are usually sold in square sheets, but some brands offer them in rectangles or oval shapes.  

You might find these in boxes of 5 or 10 individually sealed sheets, but I’ve also been able to purchase them individually from my local medical supply store.  

Because these sheets are quite expensive (over $8 / 4″x4″ sheet), it’s worth checking to see if your insurance covers them before ordering a bunch.

Purchase on Amazon

You can purchase protective sheets on Amazon (affiliate links): USA | CANADA

How to Use Protective Sheets

Because these sheets can be cut to work in several scenarios, instructions will vary, but for the most part, I’ve been advised to use them pretty much like a wafer: Measure a hole, so the stoma fits in the center of the sheet, and apply to skin; then apply your actual wafer on top of the protective sheet.

Coloplast Brava Protective sheet whole

Coloplast Brava Protective Sheet 4″x4″ sqaure.

Coloplast Brava Protective sheet with stoma hole cut

Coloplast Brava Protective Sheet with stoma hole cut in it.

Coloplast Brava Protective sheet around the stoma

Coloplast Brava Protective sheet around the stoma

Coloplast Brava Protective sheet under wafer

Coloplast Brava Protective sheet under wafer

Coloplast Brava Protective sheet under wafer and picture framed

Coloplast Brava Protective sheet under wafer and picture framed with medical tape.

This product should be used to correct temporary issues, but if you continue to have ongoing trouble, it’s best to have a stoma nurse assess your situation thoroughly.

While these sheets do have an adhesive on them, many people (including me) find that these sheets aren’t as secure as ostomy wafers, so applying a wafer extender or medical tape may help to keep everything together.

Tips When Using Protective Sheets

  • Protective sheets are not designed for extended wear, and should be replaced within within a few days.
  • Some ostomates will use sheets over other prep (barrier wipes, barrier rings, stoma powder, etc.).  While there is no set rule, “less is often better” is a principal that I use.  It may require that you use LESS supplies to correct a skin problem you might have.

Are Protective Sheets Vegan-Friendly?

I have confirmed at least one brand that carries animal-free protective sheets. You view can them, as well as others, listed on my vegan/non-vegan product page found HERE.

Additional Info

There are two brands of sheets that I’ve used: Coloplast Brava Protective Sheets and ConvaTec Duoderm Extra Thin Sheets.  

The Duoderm, while not advertised as an ostomy protective sheet,  can be used as such for small areas (like around the stoma ) and the Brava Sheets can be used under my whole wafer.

They are both slightly different, so speak to your stoma nurse for guidance on which one to choose.

Convatec Duoderm Extra Thin cut out

Convatec Duoderm Extra Thin custom cut to fit around my stoma. The blue you see is from the marker I used to trace the hole.

Convatec Duoderm Extra Thin cut out and around stoma

Convatec Duoderm Extra Thin cut out and around stoma.

18 thoughts on “A Mini Guide to Ostomy Supplies: Protective Sheets (w/ Video)”

    • Hi John,

      That is one of the use cases for this type of product.

      However, I find that it will not work well with large or weeping wounds, since the adhesive won’t still well under those circumstances.

  1. Hi Eric,

    Thanks a lot for your informative posts..they are really helpful for new ostomates. My mom has undergone illeostomy recently and is having frequent leaking issues leading to skin excoriation. We were thinking of using duoderm under the wafer/ baseplate to protect/ heal the skin. But you have mentioned that it’s better for using around the stoma. Any issues if it’s used under the wafer like the Brava protective sheet?

    • Hi Jainy John,

      Duoderm could work as a full protective sheet, but practical speaking, I’d only consider it if they were covered by insurance or provided free. Over here they’d be way too expensive to use as a full protective sheet.

      Good luck!


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