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Yes, Ostomy Products Can Expire: OSTOMY TIPS

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VeganOstomy
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Do you have any tips to share about product expiry, storage, or rotating your supply stock?

My full article about this topic can be found by clicking the link below.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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 deb
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I didn't know this. I use Conva tec only.


   
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(@VeganOstomy)
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If you rotate through your supplies quickly, then there should be no cause for alarm. But if you use certain supplies only once in awhile, then check the dates :)


   
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(@AChocolateWoman)
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Thank you for all the work that you do. I look forward to reading your article and tips every Sunday.

I'm five weeks into being an ostomate and I need all the help I can get. Rock on!


   
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(@VeganOstomy)
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Glad I could help =)


   
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(@Sarah Elizabeth Hart)
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I was told by Convatec representative via phone, that the Eakin seals do have a shelf life and expire 5 years after the manufactured on date.


   
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(@VeganOstomy)
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Interestingly enough, Eakin states on their FAQ page that their cohesive rings do not expire: http://www.eakincohesiveseals.com/faq.aspx

But I still wouldn't use them past 5 years =)


   
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(@Joanne)
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An you please tell me I have ostomy pouches and wafers for 12 yrs are they expired?


   
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VeganOstomy
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I would say yes, because most wafers and pouches have an expiry date that's about 2-3 years from the date they are manufactured.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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(@Nissim)
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Hi,
What is the meaning then for the following ConvaTec lot #4J01475?
Thanks!


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hi Nissim,

Can you tell me which product that's for with the item number? That lot number doesn't follow the usual format for ConvaTec so I'll have to look into it.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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(@nessinco)
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this lot is for model 404594 moldable convex skin barrier with flange thank you!


   
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VeganOstomy
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I've just updated the article with new information about ConvaTec lot numbers. I used the lot number you gave me in the example. Looks like those are reaching the end of their shelf life!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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(@nessinco)
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thank you so much!


   
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(@Colin Bartlett)
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Can you please tell me what the shelf life is of the Coloplast Brava Skin Barrier sting free Spray product no 12020.


   
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VeganOstomy
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You'd have to look at the packaging to find the expiry date. If you can only find a lot number, contact Coloplast and see if they can tell you an expiry date from that.

Good luck!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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(@Lisa Heffner)
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Can you use wafers that are wrinkled on your stoma I have durahesive wager surfit ref 413456 and the lot number is 7l06470 can you tellme when they expire


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hi Lisa,

The Lot # 7I06470 would mean the wafer was manufactured in 2017 (the first number "7") of September (the "I" code), so it's not expired.

If it has wrinkles, you may have problems with leaks if the wrinkles are really bad. Use a hair dryer to heat up the wafer a little and see if that smoothens out the wrinkles as it gets softer.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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(@sandra monroe)
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try them. if they work use them. can't hurt


   
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(@derek)
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Another excellent article,and just wish i had seen it before i posted.
The amount of information here is amazing, living in a country where theres very little or no support for ostomia this website has been invaluable. Thanks again eric.


   
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