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VeganOstomy
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December 17, 2013 3:40 pm  

Let's talk about the Osto EZ-Vent!

Share your experiences and tips on how to use them!

My full, written review of this product can be found by clicking on the link below.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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March 11, 2014 9:11 pm  

I have these for my wife. They have made a huge difference in her social life. We have used the filters that attache to the vent. However, if you have any kind of liquid that would normally corrupt the built-in filter, that same liquid will leak thru the attached filter. Especially if you keep it attached overnight.


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March 11, 2014 9:11 pm  

I have these for my wife. They have made a huge difference in her social life. We have used the filters that attache to the vent. However, if you have any kind of liquid that would normally corrupt the built-in filter, that same liquid will leak thru the attached filter. Especially if you keep it attached overnight.


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March 11, 2014 9:22 pm  

Awesome! Filter design definitely needs to be improved and there's a new Coloplast ostomy system called Sensura Mio, which comes out May 2014, which is suppose to have a newly designed filter. Not sure if it'll replace the EZ-Vents, but anything helps! I'll be testing that new pouching system when it's available.


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March 12, 2014 1:17 am  

My Coloplast rep is sending me a bunch of samples when the Mio comes out.


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March 12, 2014 1:17 am  

My Coloplast rep is sending me a bunch of samples when the Mio comes out.


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March 12, 2014 1:22 am  

Awesome! Filter design definitely needs to be improved and there's a new Coloplast ostomy system called Sensura Mio, which comes out May 2014, which is suppose to have a newly designed filter. Not sure if it'll replace the EZ-Vents, but anything helps! I'll be testing that new pouching system when it's available.


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March 12, 2014 12:05 pm  

I think vents like these should be built-in to the pouch.

But one thing I do know, when I purchase them I have to shop around each time as the price fluctuates (why?). I contacted the manufacturer about purchasing directly, but can only get thru dealers. Problem is vendors on Amazon and other brick and mortar vendors are ripping patients off. The Mfr retail price is $15, but routinely vendors on Amazon are trying to charge as much as $27 for the standard 10 pack.

Lately, I have been getting them from Allegro Medical for $13 and some change.


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March 12, 2014 12:05 pm  

I think vents like these should be built-in to the pouch.

But one thing I do know, when I purchase them I have to shop around each time as the price fluctuates (why?). I contacted the manufacturer about purchasing directly, but can only get thru dealers. Problem is vendors on Amazon and other brick and mortar vendors are ripping patients off. The Mfr retail price is $15, but routinely vendors on Amazon are trying to charge as much as $27 for the standard 10 pack.

Lately, I have been getting them from Allegro Medical for $13 and some change.


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March 12, 2014 12:12 pm  

Cheapest I've seen in Canada is about $17.63 (Best Buy Ostomy) although their US pricing is under $12. But prices do seem to vary from supplier to supplier and I have seem them priced way higher than they should.

I'm fortunate that my insurance covers these vents. Even though they don't seem to be an expensive item, costs for ostomy supplies can add up quickly.


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March 12, 2014 4:12 pm  

Cheapest I've seen in Canada is about $17.63 (Best Buy Ostomy) although their US pricing is under $12. But prices do seem to vary from supplier to supplier and I have seem them priced way higher than they should.

I'm fortunate that my insurance covers these vents. Even though they don't seem to be an expensive item, costs for ostomy supplies can add up quickly.


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August 25, 2016 7:57 pm  

I have had my stoma for just over a year.. these things are great. I have been using them for quite awhile now and would never want to be without them. I have figured out how to almost relieve the gas in my sleep. They have saved me many hours of sleep and I am STILL trying to catch up after pretty much NOT sleeping for the 3 and a half years I dealt with UC before my surgery.
I have been installing them next to the filter on my Hollister pouch ( two piece). I get them from Shields. They said they can add them into my order at no extra charge ( nice). They are also available from Amazon.

a note on 'letting the gas out' GO SLOWLY! If there is a 'clog' in there of thicker output, run your fingernail over the back side of the pouch to help clear it out. , lift up the edge of the pouch with the vent, and work the gas to that area...them press LIGHTLY! ( other wise it can get messy!).

And, lastly. Thank you so much for this Website. It has been invaluable to me.


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August 25, 2016 8:01 pm  

Thank you so much for the comment, Dona.

I'm glad to hear that these work well for you! And I appreciate the tips =)


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July 17, 2017 7:07 am  

Here in the UK we have colostomy bags with an integrated vent. They have been brilliant for me for the past year or so. If anyone is interested they are called Zensiv. http://www.clinisupplies.co.uk/products/26/Colostomy-Pouches


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July 17, 2017 2:53 pm  

Yes! I'm aware of those (I met that company in South Africa last year), but we really don't have anything like that here in North America and the problem with an integrated vent is that the rest of the appliance may not work for someone.

But it looks like a great idea!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

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November 25, 2018 3:53 am  

Thanks for this information, I've had a bag now for a couple of months after emergency surgery following an accident and for the first few weeks I had no issues probably due to the massive doses of antibiotics I was on (I developed acute peritonitis because I waited way too long to seek medical help... didn't realise you could do this much damage to yourself without a penetrating injury)the last couple of days I've had the bag ballooning on me and I'm having a hard enough time dealing with all the life changes without that on top of everything else... I'm going to try and track down some of these things... who knows maybe one day I'll get something like a social life back again.


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November 26, 2018 10:21 am  

Good luck, A Raven! If you've been on antibiotics, it may take some time for your gut flora to adjust back to normal. Once that happens, ballooning should be minimized somewhat, but this product should be able to help manage it in the meantime!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

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November 27, 2018 1:02 am  

S  Wright...Just so you know, they are 15 something today with 12% off and free shipping. It is late here tho so I am not sure you can still get in on the deal. But it would be something to keep a  look out on if you do not already. I did not know about this site so I had a good look around. Thankyou, it is good to compare prices.

A Raven...Welcome.  I had a bad fall, well three in two years time with concussion each time, I know first hand what post concussion trauma can is like. When you think about the damage a knock on the head can do to the brain, you can well imagine the damage that can be done in an accident or a bad fall to our organs that are somewhat protected by bone, such as the brain...imagine a water balloon hitting the ground, now picture your abdomen. Sudden impact does not give time to protect the area about to be damage.  You have been thru a lot and the accident does not minimize your need for Erics site and all the information and help here. I really hope that your friends and family will be a great support for your situation. Ask all the questions you need to here and you will get answers and input from others also, it may take a bit of time, but it is so worth it. If I had known about the gas vents ten years ago, I would have paid the $30.00 I pay for the 10 vents now. I did learn a few tricks for installing them, so if you have to install yours, mention it on this site and I can share my ideas. They are my ideas, and they work well, but not what is recommended by the company or here on Erics site or by Eric. I also went through peritonitis, and it was a difficult time for me.  My  surgical site had to be left fully open to heal from the inside out. I was able to carry a little vacuum pump around for weeks of healing. It was the size of  really old tape recorder, but it worked. I hope this is not the case for you. Is your stoma permanent or temporary? At any rate, I hope you continue to heal and to heal well. All the best to you both.  

 

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December 22, 2018 12:02 pm  

Can this ez vent be reused as they are fairly expensive when you don’t have coverage .


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December 22, 2018 1:15 pm  

Hi Shazzon,

Yes, they cost about 1.65 each from Amazon. ( ten packs). 

Offhand I would say they may not be reusable, but I haven't tried. I did give it some thought though...

The main problem would be to get them to stick properly to the next bag. Maybe some kind of adhesive could be used though.

You would have to clean and sterilize them really well too.

Its probably worth a try anyway. And, if you do try to make it work , please let us know what you learn.

I am lucky to have medicare. BUT... they provide me ten bags a month and only three EZ-vents. So I always have a monthly shortage. We have talked to the provider ( Shield Heathcare) and thats what they say they are allowed to include under medicare. Odd!

I do hope one of the manufacturers will begin to make bags with vents like this. The filters really do not work.

Onset of severe Ulcerative Colitus Oct.2012. Subtotal colectomy with illiostomy July 2015; Peristomal hernia repair ( Sugarbaker, mesh, laparoscopic) May 2017.


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