Hollister ostomy pouches: Clear vs. Ultra-clear (w/ video)

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It seems rather silly that I even have to make a post about this, but unfortunately the information on the Hollister website isn’t very clear (no pun intended).

When I was looking at some of their ostomy pouching options on a supplier’s website, I came across one that listed “clear” and another that said “ultra-clear”. Hmm, I wonder what the difference is… so onto hollister.com, where I downloaded a printable catalogue and also searched for product through their website and I became more confused.

To be clear (no pun intended), Hollister lists one pouch as “transparent” and another as “ultra-clear”. They give definitions for each:

Transparent: “For the wearer who wishes to wear a pouch with the contents being visible.”

Ultra-Clear: “Allows easy visualization of the stoma through the pouch film…”

Is that clear enough? (no pun intended)

Here’s a photo of all three styles they offer (transparent, ultra-clear and beige):

Hollister ultra clear_transparent_beige pouches front
Left: Ultra-Clear #18003 Center: Transparent #18193 Right: Beige #18183
Hollister ultra clear_transparent_beige pouches back
Left: Ultra-Clear #18003 Center: Transparent #18193 Right: Beige #18183

To be honest, there isn’t much difference in the transparency between the two “clear” pouches.  I can put fine-print text behind either of the see-through pouches and the text is legible, so I’m not sure why they’d even need both types.  The ultra-clear pouches do NOT have a filter on them, but you can get the transparent pouch with and without filters (#18103 (no filter) and #18193)

And here’s a quick video:

Hope that helps!

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