ConvaTec's Continence Control Device Restores Dignity To Colostomy Patients
A continence control device, the Vitala™ CCD, made by medical technology company ConvaTec, has received a Gold Award at the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Awards, held yesterday in NYC. This innovative medical device should also receive a humanitarian award for giving ostomy patients more freedom and dignity.
The Vitala CCD is a non-intrusive single-use device that can be worn for up to 8 hours at a time. It is intended to be worn with the ConvaTec Natura© skin barrier. During those 8 hours, the device provides temporary continence to the colostomy patient and some relief from having to wear a pouch, belt, or irrigation system.
Essentially, the Vitala CCD is pouchless ostomy device that functions by sealing off the stoma to prevent the release of stool, which is held in the body until the CCD is removed. The device has an integrated deodorizing filter that minimizes the noise and odors that generally come with the use of an ostomy pouch.
The Vitala CCD has been available in European markets, but was approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA in April. It will be previewed at an upcoming conference for international healthcare professionals on June 12 - 16 in Phoenix.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards presented by Canon Communications LLC and sponsored by the Medical Device & Diagnostics Industry magazine, is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical devices.