Award-winning silicone ostomy product improves quality of lives for patients
A life-changing silicone adhesive that prevents abdominal stomas from leaking and provides a range of benefits for patients and healthcare professionals has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Trio Healthcare was presented the award under the Innovation category for its breakthrough patented silicone technology, which is improving the lives of ostomates around the world.
The award is one of the UK’s most prestigious business accolades and was presented to the company in recognition of the benefits offered to ostomates and their unique needs.
Abdominal stomas are surgically created intestinal openings which are a result of treating conditions such as colorectal and bladder cancer, Crohn’s or colitis. The stoma outputs body waste such as faeces and urine which is then collected in an odour-proof bag.
At one time or another, all ostomates will suffer from leakage and therefore damage to the skin, having a dramatic impact on the individual’s social life and psychological well-being.
To address this, Trio has developed a unique, secure adhesive known as Trio Responsive Silicone, that can be used around the stoma to provide a skin-friendly seal and an alternative solution to hydrocolloid.
By modifying the chemical make-up of the silicone formulation, Trio’s secure but comfortable solution allows the skin to breathe normally and even perspire whilst maintaining a secure connection.
The patented formulation leaves no residue and its waterproof nature prevents absorption of any faeces or urine providing a complete barrier, which allows the skin to naturally heal underneath.
Lloyd Pearce, Managing Director of Trio, said: “We are delighted to win such a prestigious award for our contribution to ostomy care. Due to the stigma and embarrassment associated with body waste and bag leakage, a person’s social life and well-being are dependent on the ostomy adhesive and bag’s performance.
“Too many people around the world were suffering from leakage and irritated skin, so as a company we have made it our mission to provide an alternative solution. Our products offer reassurance and comfort, so the wearer can get on with their everyday lives without fear of sore skin.”
The development of the technology has enabled Trio to launch a revolutionary range of silicone-based accessory products in an industry where hydrocolloid is the norm, with the company currently developing the next phase of a new ostomy system to complete the range.
The Queen’s Awards are presented each year by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday, 21st April, on the advice of the Prime Minister, assisted by an advisory committee comprising representatives of Government, industry, commerce and the trade unions.
The company will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace in June, hosted by HRH Prince of Wales.
This is the second time Trio Healthcare have been the recipients of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. In 2011 they were awarded the Queen’s Award – International Trade. The company have offices in both Buckinghamshire and North Yorkshire.
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