A Mini Guide to Ostomy Supplies : Barrier Rings (w/ video)


Mini Guide to Ostomy Supplies: Barrier Rings

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What Are Barrier Rings?

Barrier rings, which are sometimes called Eakin rings (although Eakin is just one brand of many), are often used when an ostomate experiences leaks.

Barrier rings work by swelling up around the stoma when it comes into contact with liquid or ostomy output, providing effective protection for any skin that’s exposed.

How Are Barrier Rings Sold?

Barrier Rings are boxed in quantities of 10-20 individually wrapped packages. Some brands offer two thicknesses.

These rings are usually not cheap (if you’re paying for supplies), and typical run around CDN$5.50 per ring.

Purchase on Amazon

You can purchase barrier rings on Amazon (affiliate links): USA | CANADA

How to Use Barrier Rings

These rings can either be placed around the stoma before applying the wafer, or to the wafer directly (after you remove the release liner on the wafer).  

They tend to be quite sticky, and should be applied to dry, unbroken skin for best results.

Because these rings are pliable (like Play-Doh), they can be molded around your stoma for the perfect fit.

Ostomy Barrier Ring on skin
Barrier rings can be molded to fit around any size or shape of stoma.
Ostomy Barrier Ring on wafer
Barrier rings can also be applied to a wafer (just remember to remove the release liner off the wafer first!).

It’s best to use gentle pressure over your appliance after fitting it on top of the barrier ring, for a few minutes.  This will help the ring stick to your skin better, and will allow the wafer to stick better to the ring!

In my video “How To Change an Ostomy Appliance” (found HERE), I show how I put on a barrier ring.

Tips When Using Barrier Rings

  • Just because you get a ring, doesn’t mean you have to use a ring! You can easily tear these rings in half and use whatever you need.
  • These rings do tend to break down and often “melt” when they are worn for prolonged periods of time, or if you sweat a lot. Some brands break down sooner than others, so it’s best to sample a few, since these tend to be expensive.
  • Barrier rings can also help to fill in gaps near your stoma.

Are Barrier Rings Vegan-Friendly?

Many barrier rings contain gelatin, however, there are few (like Eakin rings – the brand) that are free of animal ingredients.

You can find an up-to-date list of which ostomy product, including rings, are free of animal ingredients HERE.

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Elise Steichen
Elise Steichen
11 months ago

When the barrier rings “melt,” do they leave pill-like (almost like when your sweater pills) remains around or even on the stoma? Do you have to wipe this off or can you just leave it? I am a new ileostomate and on my second bag change at home, when I had the bag w/ barrier ring & wafer on for 5 days (Sat-Wed), I had an extremely difficult time getting all of the adhesive off of my stoma and the skin around it with the adhesive remover wipes. It took forever and of course my stoma was very talkative while I was cleaning it…

Lois Cooper
Lois Cooper
1 year ago

Hi… Wondering if you have any wisdom on the advantages and disadvantages of thin vs thick barrier rings. I’ve been using the thick ones. Do the thin ones break down faster? I was thinking about trying the thin ones to see if they assure a better fit.

Sheila Patterson
1 year ago

Is there anyone besides Coloplast that makes a barrier for a large hernia? My leaks are happening because of the creases/folds in my Hollister barrier. I have hand arthritis so it makes it EXTREMELY difficult to use the Sensura click setup.

Betty Nassivet
Betty Nassivet(@betty-nassivet)
3 years ago

j’utilise des anneaux hollister “ceraplus” j’arrive a conserver mon socle 3 jours (B.Braun ).
mais cela n’est pas indiqué si il est composé de matière animal ! merci !

3 years ago

I use a two piece and I have had trouble getting a perfect cut on the wafer so once I put the bag on and look through the window, after awhile the ring starts to swell up. And I was thinking last night the feces was wearing the ring down in small chunks. I don’t know if this is bad and I need to change my bag. I have done it once and the same thing happened again. I know if I take this bag off, after just putting it on last night, it will probably be very hard on my skin but if the ring being exposed through the side of the wafer is bad, I am not sure what to do. I need some advice as I am obviously having trouble. And I am also interested in hearing about putting the ring on the wafer instead of around the stoma.

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Great tool. I will be sure to put it on my list.

Usually, the leakage occurs because of a imprecise cut of the wafer that connects to the pouch because ostomates have to do this on their own. A new technology called Lewcardia LAD is going to automate this process so everyone has a properly cut wafer. Pretty cool. Hopefully it works out.

3 years ago
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