The Choice Cap System is a prosthetic appliance for active-lifestyle colostomy and ileostomy patients. It provides patients with a “double flanged” attachment method, which includes a lightweight, airtight, molded waterproof cap to be worn with or without the traditional soft inner pouch. This added protective barrier offers greater resilience to motion and activity, giving the wearer protection against leakage and escaped odors that are common in everyday activities. The result is increased confidence, self-esteem, body image and quality-of-life, everyday, for ostomates everywhere.
The Choice Cap is a semi-firm plastic cap that attaches to a specially designed wafer that is “double flanged”, or has two attachment rings. The inner ring secures the pouch, and the outer ring is the locking mechanism for the Choice Cap, which provides a secure connection and prevents accidental detachment. The Choice Cap is also airtight, waterproof and vented.
The Choice Cap is a semi-firm beige plastic cap and is shown on our product page. We believe it is shaped for comfort and usability and we are seeking additional user feedback in upcoming medical evaluations and early customer usage (through our June 2016 crowdfunding campaign). There will also be a variety of fabric cap covers, which will be sold separately to promote discreteness.
The user must empty pouch or Choice Cap with normal emptying procedures. The Choice Cap can be cleaned and disinfected with soap and warm water, and air or toweled dry. Fragrances may also be sprayed into Cap thus decreasing unwanted odors.
Yes, The Choice Cap is insurance reimbursable similar to your current ostomy supplies.
As of June 1st, 2016, The Choice Cap is only available for limited use through our crowdfunding campaign, which is intended for customer feedback and opinion. These units will ship to our crowdfunding donors in August 2016. The product is currently targeted to go to market late 2017.
The Choice Cap is NOT required to go through FDA approval, as it is 510K exempt under “Part 876.5900, Gastroenterology – Urology Devices”. Although exempt, it will still require FDA registration.
When commercially available, The Choice Cap can be purchased at the Tencar website, or through the same channels you purchase your current ostomy supplies.
It is anticipated that the monthly costs for entire The Choice Cap system, which includes The Choice Cap, wafers and pouches, will add only a slight increase to your current monthly supply cost.
Georgann Carrubba, an RN in Batavia, NY, developed The Choice Cap after seeing the struggles of ostomy patients for many years. Georgann has adopted a company mission of providing high quality products for ostomates looking for a “Choice” that allows them to comfortably return to the active, social lifestyle they once enjoyed, and improve their quality of life.
Tencar, led by founder and CEO Georgann Carrubba, RN, is a woman-owned company located in Batavia, NY.
The Choice Cap can be used as much as you feel comfortable. Typical use cases for include a) Moderate activity, such as walking, hiking, golf, swimming, gardening, biking, yoga, or treadmill activities, b) Secure situations, such as the work environment, social gatherings, or parental activities, or c) Intimate situations with your significant other.
The Choice Cap is made of a semi-firm plastic material that is intended to provide both security and comfort.
The Choice Cap can be worn by itself, or with a pouch tucked inside for maximum protection and security. Any smaller-sized commercially available pouch can use used with The Choice Cap.
Yes. The wafer required for The Choice Cap “double flanged”, or has two attachment rings. The inner ring secures the pouch, and the outer ring is the locking mechanism for the Choice Cap, which provides a secure connection and prevents accidental detachment.