Improved deodorizer that can be used to better control the odor of fecal and other collection bags used in a hospital setting.
- Solid, dissolvable tablet that contains a deodorizer and activated charcoal.
- Provides extended and improved odor control resulting in a more pleasant environment within a hospital room for both patients and care-givers.
In the U.S., approximately 50,000 ostomy surgeries occur each year. While patients are recovering in the hospital from their surgery, fecal and urinary materials are collected in bags. The strong and unpleasant odors can have a profound effect on the patients, visiting family members and friends, as well as the nursing staff. Therefore, there is a high demand for effective deodorizers that control the odors from the collection bags and bedside containers in a hospital setting. Available products for controlling such odors include granules, tablets, and liquids; however the ability of these products to control odor is short-lived, and they must be applied repeatedly.
As a result of heredity, disease, or trauma, part or all of the large intestine, small intestine, or bladder of a patient may have to be surgically removed. These patients receive an ostomy surgically, and they are eventually able to return to normal home and work life through the use of an ostomy bag. During the initial recovery of such patients following their ostomy surgery, they must remain in a hospital under the care of a wound, ostomy, and continence nursing team. The contents of the collection bags used in a hospital setting can often have a strong and unpleasant odor. This technology provides a novel solution for controlling such odor in the form of a solid, deodorizer tablet that attaches to the interior wall of an ostomy pouch or other collection container and dissolves over time. The device contains activated charcoal, sodium bicarbonate, glycerin, and wax, as well as other components. This dissolvable device provides a lasting odor control solution that is convenient for hospital caregivers and results in an improved environment for patients and their visitors.
Prototype has been produced and is in use.