Catheter Connection

180 Medical Product News: Introducing Cure Hydrophilic Catheters

by Jessica July 9, 2014 13:10

Interested in keeping up with the latest catheters available on the market? 180 Medical is always ready to share the scoop on the newest products with you, and today, we'd like to introduce you to Cure’s new hydrophilic catheter that has become recently available.

What are the key features of the Cure hydrophilic catheter?

The Cure hydrophilic catheter has a coating that, upon activation by the included water packet, becomes super-slippery and smooth for an easy, comfortable catheterization process. Since the hydrophilic coating is bonded directly to the catheter tube, the lubricant will not slough off from the tube as it enters your urethra, maintaining a smooth friction-free catheterization experience from start to finish.

Cure Hydrophilic Catheter

Here are some additional features:
  • As with all Cure intermittent catheter products, the hydrophilic catheter is DEHP-free and latex-free.
  • Clear sleeve for easy handling
  • Tight packaging around the catheter for full contact with water
  • Sterile water sachet
Cure hydrophilic catheter with clear sleeve and water sachet
  • No soaking time required! Just pop the included water packet, and it’s ready to go.
  • Cure Medical donates 10% of their net profits to scientific research related to spinal cord injuries and CNS disorders.
  • Color-coded funnel for easy French size identification

How do I use the Cure Hydrophilic Catheter?

For more information regarding how to catheterize, feel free to call one of our trained specialists so we can walk you through that process. 180 Medical also has one-of-a-kind catheterization instruction materials we can send to you with your order, including a step by step DVD and printed color brochures.  

Is this product available in my size and required type?


Currently, it is available in straight tip, 14 fr, male length. 12 fr and 16fr, and coude tip catheters are coming soon! 

Which Cure products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical proudly carries Cure’s entire line of available intermittent catheters, including their all 100% DEHP-free, latex-free vinyl straight and coude tipped intermittent catheters and closed systems.

How can I find the catheter that's right for me?

Just contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry form, connect to us via Live Chat, or give us a call at 1-877-688-2729 to speak to one of our highly trained, friendly specialists. We are happy to help you find the right catheter for you, and we can verify your insurance to determine if and how these products are covered on your policy.

Stay tuned to our blog for future product news, informative articles, and company events!

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing and Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

Summer Camps for Children with Spina Bifida and/or Special Needs

by Jessica July 2, 2014 15:51
It's summer, and for many children, teens, and young adults, that means it's time for camp! If you're a parent or caretaker of a child with Spina Bifida, a spinal cord injury, special needs, or any other challenges, you want them to have the same opportunities for fun activities as any other child has.

Summer camps for special needs kids

Take a look at our compiled list of various camp and programs across the United States. Some are even available year-round!

Alabama
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Alabama

Camp ASCCA (Alabama's Special Camp for Children and Adults)
ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Providing weekend and week-long sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-round.

Arkansas

Camp Aldersgate
Creating life-changing experiences for children with spinal cord disabilities and spina bifida ages 6-16.

California

AbilityFirst’s Camp Paivika
This camp has helped thousands of children and adults with disabilities make friends, try new things,, and become more confident and independent.

Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem
Enriching the lives of those with special needs, a fun and safe program of recreation, socialization, and education.

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake

Dedicated to supporting children with disabilities and disadvantages and their families. Arts and crafts, water sports, group activities and more.

Easter Seals Central California – Camp Harmon

Residential camp program for children and adults with disabilities at Boulder Creek.  

Painted Turtle Camp
Offers various different camp options for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses including those with spina bifida and paraplegia, Crohn’s and colitis, and more.

Colorado

Challenge Aspen
Weeklong day camps including an outdoor adventure camp, music and dance camp, teen camp, and high rocky adventure.

CFCE Summer Camp
Camps available in Loveland and Denver, this four week camp runs Monday through Friday for children with motor disabilities.

Camp Roundup River Ranch Roundup

River Ranch is a medically supported camp for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. 

Connecticut

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Dedicated to providing a different kind of healing to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge. 

Camp Harkness

Camp providing individual support, with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southeastern CT. http://www.thearcnlc.org/camp.php  

Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp
Week-long day wheelchair sports camp for children ages 7-18 living with physical disabilities.

Delaware

Children’s Beach House, Inc.
Camp programs on the Delaware Bay providing a unique experience for children with special needs to explore and learn from our natural environment. Activities include swimming, sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, and more. 

Florida

Camp Boggy Creek
For ages 7-16 who have been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening condition.

Easter Seals Florida Camp Challenge

Weeklong fully accessible overnight or day camp for children and adults with disabilities or special needs, ages 6+.

CECO Summer Camp

For ages 2-18. Intensive conductive education program with the focus on increasing phsycial and social independence offering intensive sessions led by PETO trained conductors including physical, educational and self-care skills.

Georgia  

Camp Krazy Legs
Overnight summer camp for children and teens with spina bfiida who meet eligibility criteria.

Lindsey’s Place Camp

Year-round recreation program for ages 7-30, providing activities for those with special needs.  

BlazeSports Georgia Blaze Camps

Several locations, ages 8-19. Two-day and one-week sessions sports summer camps for youth with physical disabilities.   

Camp ASCCA – Easter Seals
Ages 6 and up. One-week sessions for people with disabilities. Aquatic activities, arts and crafts, horseback riding and more.  

Camp Sparrowood
Ages 8+, one-week sessions for high functioning, special needs individuals. Includes nature activities, crafts, game, overnight campout, swimming.

Camp Twin Lakes
Ages 7+, traditional camp with swimming, sports, nature activities, canoeing, archery for campers with a variety of medical disabilities.  

Illinois  

Camp IndependenceRun by the YMCA of Metro Chicago and Illinois Spina Bifida Association
Overnight camp designed especially for people with spina bifida. Designed to learn self-care, develop new friendships, and try new adaptive sports.

Indiana

Camp Millhouse
Surrounded by 45 acres of woods, a residential camp for differently abled people of all ages.

Iowa

Camp Sunnyside
For children and adults with and without disabilities ages five and older, features an accessible indoor pool and the Meredith Tree House.

Camp High Hopes

Designed to offer a fun, safe, and adaptive recreational environment for people with disabilities, their friends, and families.

Kentucky

Center for Courageous Kids
Camp for children living with life threatening illnesses to have fun and forget about their everyday struggles. 

Maine  

Camp Waban
Summer camp for people with developmental disabilities and other special needs. Fully accessible, teambuilding, recreation and environmental education center for people of all abilities.  

Camp CaPella
Providing camp programs for children and adults with disabilities, and their families.

Pine Tree Society Camp
Offers seven six-day overnight sessions geared toward various ages and disabilities.

Maryland  

Camp Greentop
Year-round camping & therapeutic recreation program provides life-changing experiences in a safe environment for youth and adults with disabilities.

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee

Accessible camping opportunity located near Chestertown, Maryland. Residential/recreational camp for ages 6 and up. 

Massachusetts

Camp Howe
Provides day, overnight, and weekly camping programs for persons of all ages with a primary focus on creating a community in which everyone is included and has a sense of belonging.  

Michigan

Bay Cliff Health Camp's Camp Independence
One-week camping program for adults with physical disabilities with a wide variety of activities and special events.

Bay Cliff Health Camp's Spina Bifida Family Camp
Camp for families of those with Spina Bifida. This year, it will take place in the fall. Dates to be announced. Follow link for more information.

Camp Grace Bentley Camp

Hosts campers with a range of physical and mental challenges ages 7-16.  

Minnesota

Camp Friendship, Camp Courage, Camp Courage North, Camp Eden Wood, Camp New Hope Providing life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities. Follow link for more information and 2014 schedule.

Camp Fish Tales

Wheelchair-accessible camp on 67 acres devoted to providing a unique camping atmosphere for those with special challenges.

Mississippi

Camp Dream Street  
5-day, 4-night camping program for children with physical disabilities.

Missouri

Camp MITIOG
A week-long summer camp in Excelsior Springs, MO devoted to children living with spina bfiida. 

New Hampshire

Camp Allen
Private, non-profit, residential summer camp for individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Located in Bedford, New Hampshire.

New Jersey

Camp Merry Heart
Recreation and activities for people of all ages and all types of disabilities and special needs in Hackettstown. http://www.easterseals.com/nj/our-programs/camping-recreation/camp-merry-heart.html 

Camp Chatterbox
 
Therapy camp for non-speaking or severely speech-impaired children, ages 5 -16, who functionally use synthesized augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.

New York

Camp Paquatuck  
Camp for children and young adults, ages 6-21, with physical and developmental disabilities.

Camp Anne
A fun-filled, loving, nurturing, and safe environment for children and adults who require various levels of support, and who may also have physical and/or medical needs.  

Camp Huntington

Offers therapeutic recreative programs during summer and weekends for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Southampton Fresh Air Home

Serving children ages 8 – 18, accommodating severely as well as mildly and moderately physically challenged children.

Double H Ranch Summer Camp
Camp for ages 6-16 dealing with critical or life-threatening illnesses giving them a chance to experience the magic of the Adirondacks.

Camp Oakhurst
Camp options for adults and children, available for those with physical or developmental disabilities to enjoy a memorable summer experience.   

North Carolina

Camp Carefree
Free one-week camping experience for kids with chronic illnesses including spina bifida and spinal cord disorders and injuries.

All Abilities Camp
Ages 5-16, open to children with and without disabilities. Campers participate in a variety of activities, including horseback riding, arts and crafts, and more.

Camp Free Spirit
Ages 2 and up, for those with physical or developmental disabilities. Day camp that uses outdoors and animals, especially horses, to teach individuals everyday living skills and an understanding of animals and the great outdoors.  

Camp Escape

Week-long camp located in Greenville, NC, for ages 5-21 with developmental or physical disabilities. 

Ohio

Camp Echoing Hills
Different camp opportunities for various age groups and mild to severe physical and/or developmental disabilities.   

Camp Cheerful  
Camp for children with disabilities and autism. Includes day camp, weekend respite camps, and more. Therapeutic horsemanship sessions are also offered year-round.

Oklahoma

Kamp Wildfire
Five-day retreat for children with spina bifida. Also open to children with Cerebral Palsy. Located in Pryor, OK.  

Camp ClapHans
Residential summer camp for children with disabilities for ages 8-16.   

Oregon

Camp Attitude  
Christian camp with a safe and inclusive environment for kids with special needs.

Camp Yakety Yak

A two-week, therapeutic day camp that helps children with special needs grow socially and emotionally by improving their communication skills.

Pennsylvania

FireFly Camps & Retreats
Provides year-round opportunities for personal development, skills building, and family respite for individuals with spina bifida and related disabilities.

Club LilyCamp
For adults 19 and up with any disability.

Camp Amp Camp
A week-long, co-ed overnight camp for children 7-17 with any disability.

York County Day Camp
A six-week York County day camp, specifically designed for those with disabilities ages 5-21.

Dauphin County Day Camp
Three-week day camp specifically designed for those with disabilities ages 5-21. 

Cumberland County Day Camp
Three-week, Cumberland County day camp, specifically designed for those with disabilities ages 5-21. 

Adams County Day Camp
Three-week Adams County day camp, designed for those with disabilities in a therapeutic environment.

Camp Woodlands
Camps available for children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses.  

Camp Spifida
A camp for children with spina bifida ages 6-18. A week full of fun activities like arts and crafts, fishing, swimming, paddle boats, patoon boat rides, hayrides, ropes course, climbing wall and more.   


South Dakota  

Spirit Camp
Designed to enhance self-confidence and improve independence.

Texas

Camp John Marc
Six-day residential camp for children with Spina Bifida ages 8 to 15. 

Camp For All – camp LIFE
Created to promote an inclusive environment for all kids accepting children with a variety of special needs including, but not limited to, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and more. 

Camp That Love Built
Completely adaptive summer camp that gives those with Spina Bifida opportunities for independence and FUN!

Utah

Camp Kostopulos
Dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the medium of recreation and leisure education. Offers fishing, horse riding, swimming, campouts, arts and crafts, rop course, and more.

Virginia

Camp Easter Seals UCP
Camp designed to offer children and adults with disabilities the opportunities for sing-a-longs and talent shows to canoeing, nature walks, swimming and arts and crafts.

Washington  

Easter Seals Camp - Stand By Me
Fully accessible recreational camp for children and adults with any disability.

Camp Holiday Trails
A camp for children with special health needs. http://www.campholidaytrails.org
 
Outdoors for All Summer Day Camps
Provides an active camp environment for children with and without disabilities ages 5-21.

Camp Prime Time
A camp for terminally ill and disabled children and their families. http://www.campprimetime.org/  

West Virginia

Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp
Held at Cedar Lakes in Ripley for ages 8-18. Swimming, socialization skills, sports and more. http://wvats.cedwvu.org/summer-activities.php  

Wisconsin 

Badger Camp
Provides a positive natural environment where individuals with developmental challenges can learn about their surroundings and realize their full potential.

Although the contents of this list are believed to be reliable when posted, 180 Medical cannot guarantee this information to be current, accurate or complete. Please contact the organization holding the camp for additional details regarding the events.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for almost 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing and Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical Employee Spotlight: Confirmations Specialist

by Jessica July 1, 2014 14:00
180 Medical is a national leader in the intermittent catheter industry, and we also provide ostomy and other related supplies. We recruit employees who are positive, hard-working individuals who want to enjoy going to work. We offer a competitive benefits package, extensive training, and many fun extras and perks. 180 Medical was also named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma once again in 2013.

This month, we're excited to feature Jamie, who works in the Confirmations Specialist position.



What do you do as a Confirmation Specialist?  
As a Confirmations Specialist, I do many different tasks on a daily basis. My top priority is getting in touch with our customers to confirm their next order. Some of our other tasks include working on increased prescriptions, and obtaining documentation that lets us provide advanced products for our customers.  I also work on prior authorizations, ABN renewals, and I am privileged to be one of the trainers for the department!

What do you love most about 180 Medical?
The environment. We just have the best people working together.  We are so team-oriented and strive to provide the best customer service. 180 Medical has many unique qualities, differing from our fundraising techniques to how we celebrate meeting our goals. I have had some of the most delectable treats since I have been a part of the 180 family! And who doesn’t like watching your fellow 180ers get a pie in the face (it was for a good cause, I promise!)? Also, I love the laid back feel of the office since we are able to dress casually. I have successfully obtained a neat t-shirt in almost every color!    

Anything you’d say to someone thinking about applying for a job here?
180 Medical Best Places To Work 2013 
I would say DO IT! It will be one of the best decisions you have made. I am so thankful every day for the relationships that I have made with our customers, as well as my teammates. The sweets and different treats are just an added bonus! I am actually excited to come into the office and see what the day holds in store. Not many people have the privilege of saying that and actually meaning it.  

What's one of your favorite stories of how you helped a customer or a fellow employee here?
 
Being on the front lines and speaking with our customers every day, I have been able to hear many stories. I called a customer one day, and before I could tell him who I was he shouts, “I am so glad you caught me!” He went on to tell me that he had barely been at home between taking care of arranging two different funerals, but that he needed his supplies, so I confirmed his order. I went on to tell him that we extend our condolences to the family and that if he needed anything, to just give me a call. His next response brought tears to my eyes. He said that we aren’t just a company to him, but we are more like family. He let me know that we have always been there for him each month and had never let him down. It’s the little things like this that make me LOVE what I do.

 
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?

I love working on cars, playing softball and taking my two dogs to the lake. I also enjoy concerts and watching sports. I have lived in Oklahoma my whole life, so with that comes being an OU fan. Let’s face it, no one is better. 

What's one of your favorite quote that keeps you inspired?
A quote that I look to a lot would be: “Neither success nor failures are an accident.”  

Thanks to Jamie, and all the Confirmations Specialists who play such an integral role in the company. If you're interested in a job at 180 Medical, check out available 180 Medical jobs and apply today!




About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for almost 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing and Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

What Sets 180 Medical's Ostomy Services Apart From the Rest

by Heather June 17, 2014 10:04
Maybe you've been searching for the right provider for your ileostomy, urostomy, or colostomy supplies, and you want to know a little more about 180 Medical and what we do. Before you take a look at the rest of our website and blog, check out this great article written by one of our very own knowledgeable Ostomy Specialists, Heather H.
heather ostomy specialist
180 Medical was founded over 10 years ago with the ultimate goal of helping turn people’s lives around by supplying the products that could make a difference in the quality of their lives. It has also been our mission to provide education, unparalleled service, and a wide variety of the top brands and products that allow our customers to get exactly what they want and need. When we began to provide ostomy supplies, we made it our goal to give this same great level of service to those in need of ostomy equipment. Here is what we’ve done to make sure you receive the superior care you deserve:  

We are Specialists.

Each Ostomy Specialist goes through rigorous initial training on the various ostomy types and the current products available, so when you call 180 Medical, you can be confident you aren't talking to just an order-taker. We continue to receive additional training to make sure we are up-to-date on the newest products and technology. This enables us to make sure you get the best product available for your needs and to help you work through any issues you may have to achieve the best results. 

We Care.

We understand that these supplies are vital to maintain your desired quality of life, and we do everything within our power to make the whole process easier for you. When you call us on the phone during business hours, there is no hassle of confusing automated menu options or long wait times. You'll speak to a live receptionist who will then direct you to one of our available specialists.

Here at 180 Medical, we make it a point to hire compassionate people who love what they do and care about others, so you know that each time you call to speak with us, you're talking to someone who not only cares about how you are doing but is also ready to listen and help you.

We Work with Your Insurance.

We understand that sometimes insurance coverage can be confusing, and you may not know how your plan covers your supplies when you call us the first time. You can rest easy, knowing that we will verify your benefits and then give you a detailed explanation on how your insurance covers your needed supplies. In addition, we handle getting any necessary documentation and prescription from your doctor's office, and we bill your insurance, so you don't have to worry!

We Have a Direct Connection with ConvaTec & Ostomy Nurses.

Because we believe in supplying the very best products to you, we specialize in ConvaTec ostomy supplies. ConvaTec is a global medical products and technologies company that is dedicated to producing top-quality products. Since we are a preferred provider, we work closely with them to make sure you get the best care and products possible. Due to this relationship with ConvaTec, we experience a smaller number of back-orders and have access to their full line of ostomy products, including the latest and greatest!

If you are having any problems (such as skin irritation, etc.) or having trouble getting your ostomy supplies to stay on, we have the ability to get you in direct contact to a certified Ostomy Nurse that can partner with you to explore all of your options to achieve the best results possible. We work with these nurses on a daily basis and they share our same passion for taking care of you!   


These are just a few of the reasons why 180 Medical is one of the fastest-growing medical supplies companies in the nation. Contact us today to find out why so many are choosing and sticking with 180 Medical for all of their ostomy needs!

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180 Medical & the 2014 Corporate Challenge

by Jessica June 11, 2014 13:25
We here at 180 Medical are always glad to take the opportunity to jump in and participate in community events that are near and dear to our hearts, and the annual OU Medicine Corporate Challenge is no exception! The Challenge is always a great time for all particpants, and it's a fun way to bring together companies from the Oklahoma City metro to raise money for the UCO Endeavor Games, a nationally recognized sporting competition for physically challenged athletes of all ages!

2014 was our third year to be a part of the Corporate Challenge, which included such events as basketball, swimming relay, tug-of-war, obstacle course, volleyball, and more! Unfortunately, due to local inclement weather, a few events were cancelled, but that didn't dampen our team spirit one bit, as you can see from some of the pictures.

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180 Medical team plays for OU corporate challenge

We had some great results this year, and many of our employees and teams placed well. We had a record number of almost 80 different employees compete in at least one event or volunteer to help out. Check out the 2014 results here, and stay tuned to our blog for future events and updates!

Editor's Note:
We recently attended the Corporate Challenge Awards Banquet and found out that we won First Place in our division (Division 3, competing against approximately 700 other athletes)!  We sure love coming home with that trophy, the best "win" was being a part of raising over $80,000 to support the Endeavor Games, giving many the opportunity to compete in the largest multi-sport event for disabled athletes in the United States.



About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for almost 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical Product News: Introducing GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheters

by Jessica June 9, 2014 14:49
180 Medical Product News

Interested in keeping up with the latest catheters available on the market? 180 Medical is always ready to share the scoop on the newest products with you, and today, we'd like to introduce you to ConvaTec's new line of GentleCath hydrophilic catheters.

What is a hydrophilic catheter?

Some are unfamiliar with what a hydrophilic catheter is, because it's relatively new technology, so we'll shed some light on that first. The word "hydrophilic" basically means it readily absorbs or mixes with water, and a hydrophilic coating on a catheter does just that.

A hydrophilic catheter has a type of coating which, once activated by water, becomes lubricated with a slippery, smooth coat that's directly bonded to the catheter tube itself. This means there is no need to manually apply lubricant to the catheter, creating a touchless, sterile environment and a smooth catheterization experience from start to finish.

Compared to uncoated catheters, hydrophilic catheters may help to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).

What are the features of the GentleCath hydrophilic catheters?

ConvaTec’s GentleCath hydrophilic intermittent catheters are coated with a hydrophilic polymer that reacts with water to become super-smooth and slippery to fully lubricate the catheter for insertion into the body. No addition lubricant is needed at all! Because the hydrophilic coating is bonded directly to the catheter, the water-activated lubricant will not slough off as the catheter enters your urethra, maintaining a smooth, friction-free catheterization experience from insertion to withdrawal.

Here are some additional features:


  • No Touch Handling Strip: This blue strip is included with each GentleCath hydrophilic catheter, which makes it easier to handle the catheter during insertion and helps to keep your hands from touching the catheter directly. The no touch strip helps keep the process more sterile, minimizing risk of infection. It's also easily removable.

  • Sterile Water Sachet: Gentlecath hydrophilic intermittent catheter with water sachet and no touch handling stripThis easy-to-pop water sachet allows you to use a catheter where ever you have privacy. With an included water packet, you can rest easy, knowing you'll never have to search for a sterile water source to activate the lubricant on your hydrophilic catheter. This makes catheterization convenient, whether you're at home or on the go!

  • Wall Attachment Tab: The package includes a blue circular wall gentlecath hydrophilic catheter wall attachment tab packageattachment tab. When you pull off the blue circle, it reveals a sticky surface that allows you to attach the package to the wall while you wait the 15 seconds for the water to activate the hydrophilic coating.

  • The latex-free vinyl catheters also feature color-coded funnels to help you determine French size. For more on how to determine French size based on the catheter funnel colors, see our informative article on Catheter French sizes.
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How do I use the GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheter?

Take a look at this quick introductory video direct from ConvaTec, which gives you some step-by-step instructions and a good look at the catheter features in action.



For more information regarding how to catheterize, feel free to call one of our trained specialists so we can walk you through that process. 180 Medical also has one-of-a-kind catheterization instruction materials we can send to you with your order, including a step by step DVD and printed color brochures.

Is this product available in my size and required type?

  • GentleCath coude tip and straight tip catheters

    GentleCath's hydrophilic straight tip intermittent catheters are available in female length (8 inches) and male length (16 inches). Male length catheters feature French sizes from 8 Fr to 18 Fr, and the female length come in French sizes from 8 Fr to 16 Fr.
  • GentleCath's hydrophilic coude tip intermittent catheters are male length (16 inches) and are available in French sizes from 8 Fr to 18 Fr.

Which GentleCath products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical proudly carries GentleCath's entire product line, including their 100% latex-free PVC (vinyl) straight intermittent catheters, coude tip, red rubber catheters, hydrophilic catheters and hydrophilic catheter kits.

How can I try out GentleCath's hydrophilic catheters and find a catheter that's right for me?

Just contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry form, connect to us via Live Chat, or give us a call at 1-877-688-2729 to speak to one of our highly trained, friendly specialists. We are happy to help you find the right catheter for you, and we can verify your insurance to determine if and how these products are covered on your policy.



About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical Employee Spotlight: Territory Sales Representative

by Jessica June 5, 2014 15:03
180 Medical is a national leader in the intermittent catheter industry, and we also provide ostomy and other related supplies. We recruit employees who are positive, hard-working individuals who want to enjoy going to work. We offer a competitive benefits package, extensive training, and many fun extras and perks. 180 Medical was also named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma once again in 2013. This month, we're excited to feature Kyle, one of our Territory Sales Representatives!




What are some of your normal duties as a Territory Sales Representative? What's an average day like?

Since we are out in the field interacting daily with nurses, physicians, and facilities, we're essentially the face of 180 Medical. The main part of my job is to create new, maintain current, and grow future business within my territory by interacting with multiple urology accounts throughout my state. We work to gain referrals from these offices and facilities by nurturing relationships, providing the best service, and setting ourselves apart from other representatives out in the field today. We are fully trained with a wealth of knowledge, which we bring to all accounts, so that when/if an office has a need or a question, we're there for them.

Not only are the sales representatives fully trained and ready to help, we have a whole team of specialists at the company headquarters who are just as passionate about taking care of patients and going the extra mile. We get to interact on a daily basis and strive together to provide the best care for our patients.

I always get asked what are some great qualities of a sales rep, and I always say that you must be a driven self-starter and problem-solver, be excellent with your time management, have the heart of a teacher, be influential, and most importantly, have fun with your job.

What do you love most about your job?
The thing I love most about my job is that everyone at 180 Medical seems to be passionate about the work they do in providing excellent care to our patients. At large companies, you very rarely see this total team effort taking place, but at 180 Medical, “team” isn’t just something we say -- it’s our culture. This position is incredibly rewarding because you get the opportunity to interact with different people every day. We truly do have the best job in the world, and we get to work for a pretty amazing company that knows where it’s going. Our CEO Todd Brown does an excellent job of sharing his vision for the company, and his clarity makes you want to be a part of that vision because its real and purpose-driven. As sales reps, it is our responsibility to do what it takes to make our business successful.  The autonomy that comes with this position is fantastic. Our home office equips us with the tools to be successful and then it becomes up to us whether or not our business will take flight.  I love the fact that our service is second to none in our industry.  We really are the best at what we do, and I’ve seen this firsthand in my day to day work.  It's always rewarding to hear from nurses how we helped make one of their patient’s life easier.  Other companies just don’t put the same amount of effort and passion into serving others as we do here at 180 Medical.

Anything you’d say to someone thinking about applying for a job here?                
What are you doing still reading this? GO APPLY NOW! If you’re passionate about doing work that truly makes a difference in people’s lives, we’d love for you to join our team.  


What's one of your favorite stories of how you helped or interacted with a patient or facility (doctor, nurse, etc.)?
As a sales rep you’ve always got to be prepared to meet your customer’s needs.  This means if you get a call from an office at 6pm on Friday, and a patient is in need of something, you get to step up to the plate.  I firmly believe you get opportunities to set yourself apart from others, and when an opportunity comes you better capitalize on it.  I’ve had a handful of the accounts I call on make that call on a Friday asking for supplies to a patient who is in dire need.  I had this one gentleman who lived in an area that didn’t get UPS deliveries on a regular basis so he was  going to have to wait 3 days to get his supplies. The bad news was he needed them now and literally couldn’t wait until Monday.  I told the nurse I would be more than happy to take some supplies to him to hold him over for the weekend. She said, “Kyle, you know its 6pm on a Friday right?” I responded, “It may be 6pm but just because our business day ends doesn’t mean that a patient's needs for their supplies end.” I drove an hour to meet this gentleman and give him some supplies. He couldn’t believe someone would do something like that on such short notice.  He obviously was very appreciative and gave me a firm handshake with a “thank you sir” tacked on to that.  He jokingly said "I didn’t realize this type of customer service still existed," and I said "Yes sir, it does."       


What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?

Growing up in the south three things go incredibly well together: family, football, and food.  One of our favorite things to do as a family is to have our family and friends over for a Saturday cookout as we watch our favorite team play (our team is the Auburn Tigers so last year we thankfully had some great moments to celebrate). There’s truly nothing better than the smell of grilling out a nice steak on a cool fall day while pulling for your team with your family and closest friends.  


What's your favorite quote that keeps you inspired?

“I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get your emotions going. To be enthusiastic every day and as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'Nothing great could be accomplished without enthusiasm,' to keep your dreams alive in spite of problems whatever you have. The ability to be able to work hard for your dreams to come true, to become a reality…Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”  -- Jim Valvano,  Jimmy V ESPY Awards Speech.

A big thank you to Kyle and to all of our amazing Territory Sales Representatives in the field! Your work is so important to the 180 Medical mission, and we appreciate you!

Interested in applying for a job as a Territory Sales Representative for 180 Medical? Check out our available careers today.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for almost 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

Dealing with Incontinence After a Stroke

by Catheter Experts June 2, 2014 11:39
Did you know that the month of May was Stroke Awareness Month? It's not only important to understand the symptoms of a stroke and to act F.A.S.T. -- it's also important to know that lingering side effects such as incontinence after a stroke are not uncommon. If you're experiencing some difficulty controlling your bladder, even after you've recovered from a stroke, you're not alone!

Take a look at this helpful infographic about incontinence post-stroke!


Catheter Materials: An Overview

by Jessica May 19, 2014 14:19
There are a lot of different choices out there in the intermittent catheter world. On top of figuring out the right length and french size, it's important to choose the right material as well. But sometimes, it can be a little confusing to know which one is best for your needs.

This post will hopefully shed some light on the different types of materials that are most commonly used in intermittent catheters.

The Three Most Common Catheter Materials

Vinyl

vinyl catheter example

  • Also known as PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), this is one of the most popular materials used in intermittent catheters.
  • This material has a smooth surface and is firm enough for an easy insertion, yet soft enough to be slightly pliable. It tends to warm to your body heat, which can also aid in overall pliability.
  • It is clear, so you can view your output. 
  • These catheters can come with a color-coded funnel to help you determine french size and for easy gripping of the catheter. Some brands can come without a funnel.
  • PVC/vinyl catheter are often completely latex-free. But always let us know if you do have latex sensitivities or a latex allergy, so we can make sure to not supply you with any latex-containing products.
  • Some brands of vinyl catheters are firmer than others, depending upon the manufacturer.
  • Depending on the manufacturer, the eyelets (holes for draining from the bladder into the catheter tube) may be cold-punched or polished/smoothed. This can also be a factor in overall comfort during insertion.

Red Rubber Latex

red rubber latex catheters

  • Also known as "red rubber" or "latex," this material is thermo-sensitive, which means it easily warms up to the surrounding temperatures to become easily pliable.
  • This material is super soft. Some people prefer the flexibility of the rubber latex catheters compared to vinyl or silicone options, and others find it harder to insert. It's all a matter of personal preference and what works more easily with your body.
  • Rubber latex is most often red in color. Sometimes the appearance of the catheter may appear brown or orange.
  • All rubber latex catheters are opaque, and the funnel will not be color-coded for french size identification, as the entirety of the catheter is made of the rubber latex.
  • This is NOT suitable for those with latex allergies or sensitivities.

Silicone

silicone intermittent catheter

  • Silicone is one of the top materials of choice for many doctors, due to the material being highly tested and widely used over time.
  • While silicone is a super-smooth material, its flexibility as an intermittent catheter lies somewhere between vinyl and rubber latex. It is firmer than latex, which helps with an easy insertion, but it can feel slightly more flexible than vinyl materials.
  • Good choice for those with latex sensitivities or allergies, as silicone is latex-free.
  • It is clear, so you can view your output. 

Which material is right for you?

There is no one perfect choice for everyone across the board. Take into consideration the features mentioned above, and decide with your doctor which feels the best and gives you the best performance, based on your personal needs.

As always, feel free to contact one of our trained specialists, and we can help you out with finding the right catheter for you!


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for almost 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical News: Introducing Our New Live Chat Feature

by Jessica May 15, 2014 10:39
We are very excited to officially announce a brand new feature to 180 Medical's website! We now have a Live Chat option to further assist you with your needs and questions, as we continue our dedication to giving you a the best customer service experience possible.

connect with 180 Medical live chat

You may have a pretty busy schedule ahead of you, and we understand that squeezing in a phone call in the middle of your day isn't always the easiest option. For many working people, the phone may not be the most convenient mode of contacting us during our business hours.

Now there's another option available for you, all at the convenience of the nearest computer with an internet connection!

Whether you just want to inquire about setting up an account and receiving supplies from 180 Medical or if you are already an existing customer, you can use this chat for many options during business hours to connect with one of our Client Specialists.

  • Track your orders;
  • Confirm upcoming shipments;
  • Update your address, phone numbers, or other contact information;
  • Get help in finding a specific resource on our website;
  • Request information;
  • and more!

As soon as you go to our website, you'll see a "Live Chat" button in the bottom right hand corner.

180 medical website feature live online chat

Simply click on this button to access our pop-up Live Chat to connect with an available specialist and begin your inquiry!

As we continue to improve our already incredible customer service experience, we're very proud to begin offering you this easy alternative to contacting us by email or phone. Give it a try today and connect with one of our trained, friendly specialists in real time!


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for almost 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.