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CWilliams97
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July 14, 2019 10:24 am  

Hey guys, I have been fathfully using the moldable Hollister wafers and love them. My question about them would be about their ability to stay in a hot car for example. I live in Florida and i always bring my bag with emergency supplies with me everywhere i go, but i've gotten confident enough not to need to carry the bag everywhere i go. Whenever i go inside a restaurant, the grocery store, etc. i always leave my supplies in the car. My ostomy care nurse told me not to do this as it could cause the moldable wafer to warp or melt, but i've left the bag in the hot car for a good 3 or 4 hours before and the wafer still looks and feels perfectly normal. So do you guys think this is an ok thing to do?


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July 14, 2019 11:46 am  

Hi Cwilliams, I don’t have to deal with the temperature you are looking at but would agree that it’s probably not good long term. Just a suggestion what about a cool bag the type for picnics, maybe not chilled down to freezing just cooled down a bit 

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July 14, 2019 2:58 pm  

I doubt the nurse has the engineering background data on this.  I'd say leave one in the car and see what happens, then you will know for sure. otherwise you just go by someones guess.


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CWilliams97
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July 14, 2019 4:25 pm  

I honestly didn't think to just leave one of the wafers in the car to test it out. I'll give this a try and report back to give some better insight.


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July 14, 2019 6:07 pm  

Hi CWilliams97,

I would highly recommend that you listen to your ostomy nurse. The danger of leaving it in the heat is that it does cause it to loose it's adhesion. Hollister and Coloplast also recommend not leaving your appliances in a hot or freezing cold car. Personally, I keep mine with me wherever I go outside the home. I just feel safer.

Good luck,

Stella

PS Watch Eric's video or read his article about the emergency travel kit. If you really don't want to take your supplies with you, he also recommends using an insulated bag as John suggested. I would go so far as to say to cool it down a bit in the fridge before taking it out to the car. Florida is one hot state!!!


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July 15, 2019 9:03 am  

@cwilliams97

You can definitely try leaving one in the car to see what happens, but the end result may not be consistent.

When I kept supplies in my car, I would keep them in a small insulated bag or insulated container  It will give you at least several hours of not having to worry . 

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July 15, 2019 1:42 pm  

Of course a true test would be to put it in a toaster oven and slow bump up the temperature until it appears to fail, then you know for sure the max temp.   I question whether increased temperature adversely effects adhesion.   all winter long I heat the flange to about 140F , 60C without problems, before putting them on.   a good suana will run 140F,60C.  i think we all know a warm flanges seat better on the skin.  all winter long my supplies dip down to 20F,-6C daily, and the emergency bag in truck will get as cold as -10F,-23C or colder.    given my level of activity, bags stay on a good while, summer vs winter.   i observe  no reasons to follow these guidelines. 

you'll loose your mind and confidence if you routinely follow manufacturers warnings.


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