Individuals living with an ostomy may suffer from a variety of peri-stomal skin complications related to the use of their stoma appliance or accessories. These conditions can be serious enough to significantly impact on a patient's quality of life and may result in severe clinical complications (such as infection). This article is a review of the literature with the objective of investigating and presenting evidence for the well-documented use of aloe vera in the prevention of skin conditions similar to those seen in peri-stomal skin complications. An exploration for the potential use of aloe vera directly or indirectly (as an adjunct to medical devices such as wafers) in stoma patients is presented with the view that this use may be beneficial in the prevention of such peri-stomal skin complications.
Rippon, M., Perrin, A., Darwood, R., & Ousey, K. (2017). The potential benefits of using aloe vera in stoma patient skin care. British Journal of Nursing, 26(5), S12-S19. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2017.26.5.S12