Catheter Connection

180 Medical Nominated as one of okcBIZ's Best Health Care Companies

by Jessica May 21, 2015 10:26
180 Medical is proud to have been nominated as one of the Best Health Care Companies in the 2015 Best of Business program, which honors local businesses in the Oklahoma City metro in 24 different categories.

"We feel this is a great privilege to be a nominee in the top 5 Health Care Companies, because this award is voted on by okc.BIZ readers," Sharon Hodnett, HR Director of 180 Medical, said. "Those voters are very likely people who directly interact with our company on a regular basis and are familiar with our dedication to quality service and customer care."

okc.BIZ held the Best of Business awards luncheon on Tuesday, May 19th, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, during which the 2015 Best of Business winners were announced.

We were honored to be nominated as well as have a group of our employees in attendance at this annual event.

Thank you to each of you who nominated us and voted for us throughout the year! We aim to continue to offer our customers the best service experience possible and be a part of events benefiting our community.

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 6 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. Outside of work, she enjoys music, art, and spending time with her friends, family, and her dogs.

Reasons Why Many Choose the Bard Touchless Catheter Kit

by Jessica May 5, 2015 11:05
Anyone who has been using catheters for any length of time knows that not all of them are always comfortable for every single person. Finding the right catheter doesn’t only depend on size and length – you’ll also want one that is in the style most convenient for your needs while being easy to insert and remove with the most comfort. The specifics of what you need may vary depending on your gender, your condition, and your own sensitivity levels, but we feel confident that you can find the right catheter for yourself with little problems when you have a helpful staff of specialists on your side.

Here at 180 Medical, we carry a wide variety of intermittent catheters from the leading manufacturers and brands on the market today. We also staff well-trained customer specialists who can help you with your catheter choice, based on your insurance coverage and personal needs. One of the many brands we carry is Bard, a trusted leader in the medical supplies industry, and one of their products that many choose is the Bard Touchless line of catheter products.  

Bard is one of the most established medical device companies in the world, as they have been producing high-quality devices for over 100 years. One such quality product is their Touchless catheter kit line. A traditional intermittent catheter is a straight tube that you have to manually lubricate and then insert into your urethra to drain the bladder. The Bard Touchless Catheter Kit offers a more convenient method of self-catheterization, taking the mess and extra preparation of inserting a catheter.

The Touchless Catheter comes packaged, pre-lubricated, and ready to use, no manual handling of the catheter tube itself required. The insertion tip included helps the catheter itself bypass the first few millimeters of the urethra which is the area with the highest concentrations of bacteria. Thanks to the pre-lubrication, the catheter will slide in gently and easily with no actual hands-on contact with the tube, minimizing risk of infection. The kit also includes antiseptic wipes for cleaning the area before insertion and a urine collection bag.

This catheter, just like all products, may not be the best option for everyone across the board. But it is just one of our popular products that many people choose and love, as it presents an easier option for insertion with less prep as well as a more comfortable experience. Have you tried the Bard Touchless catheter kits yet? 

Contact us at 180 Medical with any questions that you have about these or our other products!

Interstitial Cystitis Resources and Connections

by Trish April 27, 2015 08:30
living with interstitial cystitis IC blog series header

If you have been following my Living With Interstitial Cystitis blog series, you know that last year, I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, IC, and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. You can learn more about Interstitial Cystitis with my prior blog posts ("My Personal Experience with IC" and "IC and Your Diet").

Due to the nature of this condition, many of us who have been diagnosed with IC can go through many emotions, including depression, anger, denial, grief, and a sense of overall isolation at times - as though no one else knows what we're going through. I can tell you firsthand that all of these feelings are perfectly normal to have, especially when dealing with a painful and personal condition such as Interstitial Cystitis. But I also know how helpful it can be when you start to reach out and talk with others who can relate to the feelings and issues you're experiencing.

Here are some great support options for you to begin exploring. Some of these are simply resources that you can use for your own education, others are various support groups and forums where you can connect with others. Feel free to share your own resources or links to blogs that you have found helpful in your own journey with Interstitial Cystitis.

Social Media Resources & Connections


Interstitial Cystitis Network's YouTube Channel, run by Jill Osborne

Understanding Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome


Interstitial Cystitis Association (

Interstitial Cystitis: Living with IC Support Group

Interstitial Cystitis Network

My Invisible IC - Closed Group


Interstitial Cystitis Network

IC Association

Bladder Health

Bladder Support

Life Beyond IC

Healthy IC Recipes

IC Today News

IC Dietitian, Julie Beyer (founder of


Interstitial Cystitis Association (

Interstitial Cystitis Network (

Healing Interstitial Cystitis (

IC Diet Questions & Recipe Sites

IC Diet

Interstitial Cystitis Association - Diet Information

IC Diet Introduction

My Food Style

Interstitial Cystitis Recipes Facebook Group

Cooking for Interstitial Cystitis

Support Groups & Forums

Interstitial Cystitis Association List of Local/State Support Groups

Daily Strength Interstitial Cystitis Support Group

IC Network Support Center

IC Network 24/7 Support Forum

Global Support Groups/Website listing
from IPBF

Chronic Pain Support Group

American Chronic Pain Support Groups

Pain Connection Support Groups

Other Helpful Links & Websites to Explore

Voices of Hope Blog (Stories of hope, encouragement and success from the IC community)

Public Restroom & Travel Tips (

Fitness & IC (

The Echenberg Institute for Pelvic & Sexual Pain

Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (UCPPS) Society

International Painful Bladder Foundation

Feel free to also explore our blog from the past in regards to Interstitial Cystitis and other bladder health-related topics.

If you have begun to use catheters as a related aid to your condition, you can turn to 180 Medical for a listening ear and professional, top-class service during this difficult time. We have a wide selection from all of the top catheter manufacturers. Contact one of our highly-trained, friendly specialists today, and we’ll be glad to help you find the right catheter for your needs.

About the Author: 

Trish has worked for 180 Medical for four years as the Nebraska Office Coordinator. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and daughters.


Using Medicare to Pay for Your Ostomy Supplies

by Jessica April 22, 2015 12:39
We all know that ostomy supplies aren't always cheap when you’re paying for supplies out of your own pocket. Whether you've had a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy, it’s a must to have access to quality ostomy supplies that you can trust. You will need to have a supply of your ostomy equipment at all times, and you’ll want products and brands that you feel are most comfortable, most reliable, and easiest to use. You may have concern about what type of products or how many you can get when you are buying supplies out of your own pocket. But if you have Medicare, did you know that they cover ostomy supplies and that you may not have to pay as much out of pocket?  

ostomy 180 medicalMedicare is relied upon by millions of people for their essential medical supplies, including ostomy supplies. Medicare covers a portion of the cost of your supplies (typically 80%), so there is usually an out-of-pocket cost after they pay their portion, unless you also have a supplemental insurance plan. This is far less costly than paying cash for the supplies outright though. You may have to consider the supply limits within a 30 or 90-day range that must be followed in order to have Medicare pay their portion. Here are some tips for finding the right ostomy supply company  for your needs:    

  1. Choose a company that specializes in ostomy supplies. – There a lot of advantages to having a supplier that really knows its industry inside and out. Unlike companies that provide a wide range of supplies of all kinds, medical supply providers like 180 Medical have specialists that are rigorously trained to understand ostomy procedures, products, and the latest technology. They will also have the ability to keep inventory well-stocked in a central location for shipping. They will also have a wider selection of quality products, compared to limited inventory of local pharmacies.
  2. Seek out a provider that is accredited with Medicare. – When you get your supplies from a company that has adheres to the strict qualifications required in order to be accredited with Medicare, you can be assured that they are committed to offering the best quality care in the industry. 180 Medical is proud to be an accredited and contracted with Medicare, as well as ACHC-accredited. We are not only contracted with Medicare, but also with most state Medicaid plans and a variety of private insurance plans.
  3. Find a supplier that will handle billing your insurance for you. – You don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of turning in claims on your products for repayment. Quality ostomy suppliers like 180 Medical will take the time to interface with your physician and your insurer to make sure you are getting the products you need covered.  
With these tips, you may be on the way to getting quality ostomy supplies that could be covered by your Medicare plan.

To find out if your supplies could be covered by Medicare or for other questions, call us at 180 Medical today at 877-688-2729.

7th Annual GODSA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica April 15, 2015 16:06
180 Medical recently had the privilege of getting to once again participate and sponsor the annual GODSA (Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association) wheelchair basketball fundraiser. This event, which was held at the Oklahoma City University's Freede Wellness Center on April 9th, 2015, helps to raise funds to support disabled athletes.180 medical GODSA event 2015 pic 1

This is the 5th consecutive year that we've joined forces with OU Physicians to support this great tournament. We had a great group of 180 Medical employees and some of their families show up to cheer the teams on. We had a team of our own at play again as well.

180 medical GODSA event 2015 pic 2
Each year that we participate, we have such a fun time, and we are all honored to get the opportunity to be a part of such a worthy cause.

About GODSA: The Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association is an organization that supports recreational and athletic activities for adults and children with disabilities. Recreational and competitive events include basketball, track and field, swimming, road racing, table tennis, weight-lifting, and water sports. It promotes health and fitness and teaches life-long skills such as team effort, sportsmanship, setting goals, commitment and responsibility. Learn more at their official website or connect with their youth wheelchair basketball team, the Oklahoma Blaze, at their Facebook page.

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 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, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.

Interstitial Cystitis and Your Diet

by Trish March 23, 2015 11:54
living with interstitial cystitis blog header

If you have been following my Living With Interstitial Cystitis blog series, you know that last year, I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, IC, and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. You can read my last blog post here.

When I began having symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis, I was in major denial about the condition. I thought there was no way the food I ate could affect my bladder, until I also started having flank pain. I was asked by my doctor to just try the IC diet to see if it helped alleviate my pain. Before some testing I had to undergo for my kidneys, I was told to follow the diet strictly.

When I began this diet, it not only had affected my bladder pain but also had a direct effect on the degree of flank pain I had on a daily basis. I noticed that as I cut out more and more of the troublesome foods and drinks, the better I felt for longer periods of time.

Before I started, I drank a full pot of coffee every morning, three diet sodas (containing both aspartame and saccharin) per day, frozen and processed foods, chocolate, and pretty much anything else I wanted. With the old standard diet, I had continuous symptoms. I had to come to a point where I finally decided that there is just no food out there that tastes good enough to keep me in pain and discomfort. I have cut out almost all of those problem foods now (with the exception of coffee, which I still have in moderation).

I am fairly new to my diagnosis with Interstitial Cystitis; however, I did have symptoms for a while before I actually sought medical treatment. Like many others with this condition, I have other medical conditions. From what I have researched, IC tends to cluster with other diseases and pain conditions. I completely understand how frustrating it must be for some who have long suffered from this extremely painful condition to take advice from someone who has not had suffered the symptoms long enough to give tips. While I understand how specialized and extreme the condition can be, I also must convey that this is not my only chronic condition. I see multiple doctors, including a rheumatologist, a nephrologist, a urologist, an orthopedic doctor (I had one hip replaced at age 36, and other joints are affected as well), and a general practitioner. I follow the IC diet strictly, which is one of the biggest reasons my symptoms remain as under control as they can be. They are never completely gone. I always have some degree of burning sensation or urgency, but with the diet it is tolerable.

You can learn more at, which gives full details about the diet, but the main foods to avoid are:
  • Alcohol 
  • Artificial sweeteners (aspartame and saccharin) 
  • Carbonated beverages (soda) 
  • Coffee  
  • Citrus 
  • Hot peppers and spicy food 
  • Yogurt or sour cream 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Soy 
  • Vinegar (including vinaigrette salad dressings ) 
  • Processed food 
  • Cured meats 
  • Chocolate (a really bad trigger for kidney stones as well, which I also have) 
  • Canned foods 
  • Grapes 
  • Sharp cheeses 
  • Tea 
  • Black and red pepper 
  • Horseradish 
  • Cinnamon (this is on the "try it" list, but is one that I personally have to avoid) 
  • Pecans   
There are entirely too many foods to list them all, and many are on the "try it" list. Pork is something, for instance, that always bothers me. It's definitely a food item I have to avoid. 

IC is such a personalized condition. Sometimes I can eat something one day, and it will not bother me, but the next time I eat it, it will. It can also depend on what else you had that day (food combinations), and if you are a female, it can even sometimes depend on where you are at in your menstrual cycle.

Since I started on the IC diet, I have cut out processed food. At my home, we make almost everything from scratch, cutting out boxed dinners and mixes. I no longer eat fast food or frozen dinners, which can be challenging on the nights when my daughters have school functions, but we have adjusted. I whole-heartedly suggest trying this diet to anyone who suffers from IC.

The elimination diet is easy to use, and it can help you to rule out foods, if you are unsure of which ones are irritating your bladder. It takes all of the willpower you can muster, but I promise it’s worth it to feel better! Cut all of the major triggers out, then slowly add food in one at a time.

As an added bonus, since starting this diet, I have lost about 30 pounds. I feel healthier than I have in years! My skin looks great, and I have more energy. The key is to make sure you get enough protein, fruit, and vegetables!

I still have some degree of symptoms even with the diet. This isn't a miracle cure, but it does help to ease the symptoms if followed. Although, for some, it can completely trish interstitial cystitis ic diet fruit smoothiealleviate most or all of the symptoms. It just depends on the person and the severity of their condition.

I thought it might be nice to include a recipe for a fruit smoothie that I drink for breakfast and lunch each day. My recipe includes bananas, although this is an item on the caution list. If you find that bananas bother you, you could try another type of fruit. You will need:
  • ½-1 whole banana (or substitute another fruit) 
  • 1 cup blueberries 
  • ½ cup raspberries 
  • 1 cup skim milk 
  • 1/2 tablespoon agave nectar 
As a personal preference, I use frozen berries, but if you use fresh, you might add an ice cube or two, depending on the consistency you prefer. Blend in a blender or magic bullet until smooth. Drink promptly.

Do you have any tasty recipes from the Interstitial Cystitis Diet that you'd like to share with us?

If you are experiencing symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis, just know you are not alone in your personal journey. Stay tuned to our blog for more posts, including my own experience and input on Interstitial Cystitis.

About the Author: 

Trish has worked for 180 Medical for four years as the Nebraska Office Coordinator. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and daughters.


180 Medical Employee Spotlight: Product Specialist

by Jessica March 19, 2015 13:32
180 Medical is a national leader in the intermittent catheter industry, as well as a top supplier of ostomy supplies. We have been named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma yet again in 2014. We are currently hiring, and we're looking for positive, hard-working individuals who want to enjoy going to work and helping others. We offer a competitive benefits package, extensive training, and many fun extras. Check out our 180 Medical Careers page to learn more!

This month, we're happy to present Haley. She has been a part of the 180 Medical family for over three years now.

haley product specialist career employee spotlight 180 medical

Describe an average day in the life of a Product Specialist. What do you do in your job position?

As a Product Specialist, my goal is to match our customers with the right catheter that will meet their needs and give them the best comfort and result during the cathing process. Everyone is an individual with different needs, so catheters are not a one-size-fits-all type of product. For instance, we may talk to someone who wants to be able to self-cath in a public restroom without feeling like everyone knows what she/he is doing in the stall. Or we may help a mother find the right product for her newborn son and help her on how best to catheterize him. The relationships we make with our customers ultimately help guide them to the specific product that will fulfill a need for them. A typical day for me is spent speaking to our customers about their lives, products, and how their insurance works to cover the catheters. 

What do you love most about your job position?

The best part about my job is helping our customers. There is nothing more rewarding than making someone’s quality of life better by helping serve their needs in different products. It’s incredible to know that I am instrumental to helping people become more confident and independent with their supplies. I love it most when a customer tells me that they were able to leave their house for the first time in weeks or that they’ve been infection free for a significant amount of time because of the products we have sent!  

What’s unique about 180 Medical that makes it a neat place to work?

180 Medical is all about 'framily.'  We've got a special group of people here. Co-workers become friends that genuinely care about your work life and even outside of work. 180 Medical is all about team efforts to reach goals and giving support and service. We are encouraged to spend as much time as needed on the phone with our customers. We also get to spend time with customers and our community at various charity events like the annual MS Walk, wheelchair basketball fund-raisers, the annual Corporate Challenge, and more. I'd say that, in many cases, we are able to go far beyond what other companies would do to help with their needs.

Anything you’d say to someone thinking about applying for a job here?

Be ready to grow! I started at 180 Medical a little over 3 years ago and have transitioned into 3 different roles. I have learned so much from insurance processes and procedures to how to teach someone to use a new product and so much more along the way. This is a place of opportunity!  

What's one of your favorite stories of how you helped or interacted with a customer?

When I first started working here at 180 Medical, I had a customer that I will never forget!  She was a sweet woman that had been cathing the majority of her life with a glass catheter, which had left her bed-ridden with infections for years! I made it my mission to find something we could do to help her. I was able to pair this sweet woman with an advanced catheter that was more in line with her specific needs and taught her every step of the way on how to use it. I’ll never forget when she called later on and told me that, after a few weeks of using the new catheters, she was able to visit a school function for her grandchildren. Tears of joy all around on this call! I’ll never forget her and so many others that have experienced similar situations.

Tell us just little bit about yourself outside of work.

I enjoy working out, cooking, and watching remodeling shows! My husband, dogs, and I are an active bunch. We love strolling through the neighborhood, talking about the future and smelling every mailbox on the way home. Cooking while watching remodeling shows is ideal; however I enjoy both equally on their own as well.

What's a favorite quote that keeps you inspired?

"Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness , humility, gentleness and patience." Colossians 3:12

A big thank you to Haley and to each one of our hard-working, compassionate Product Specialists. You do so much for others, and the work you put in every day is so important to 180 Medical.

Interested in applying for a job at 180 Medical? We're hiring! Check out our available positions at our Careers page and apply today.

180 medical is hiring

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 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, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.

3 Types of Male Catheters and Their Uses

by Jessica March 9, 2015 09:37
Getting older is a great blessing; we have the opportunity to experience things that give life meaning. Depending on our goals in life, we may start families, own homes, travel and see the world, and more. In each of our personal journeys over time and through experience, we develop the wisdom that a long, productive life can bring. However, with the gifts of age sometimes comes with a need for healthcare. Our bodies start to need more attention, and in some cases, assistance. That’s just part of the natural effects of aging.

In this post,man holding cane let’s look at the particular challenges of dealing with urological issues in men. A specially-designed male length intermittent catheter can assist in dealing with age- or illness-related conditions such as urethral strictures, complications from enlarged prostates, incontinence, and bladder retention, amongst others.  

Perhaps you’re researching catheters, because your doctor has determined  that a catheter is necessary for you at this time. What kinds of catheters are there for men? Here are a few of the main types that may be chosen for you.  

Intermittent Catheter

An intermittent catheter is a thin tube that is manually inserted into the urethra to drain the bladder in an easy process that people of all ages can do for themselves every day. An intermittent catheter is considered a single-use device, and it is disposable, so that you do not have to deal with washing and re-using it and risking infection. You’ll want to follow your doctor’s instructions for how often you will need to drain your bladder.  

Indwelling (Foley) Catheter

This catheter remains in place indefinitely. It is kept in place by an inflated balloon that is filled with sterile water. These kinds of catheters can only be inserted by a doctor for the purpose of long-term use.  

External (Texas) Catheter

This male catheter fits over the penis and is held in place by adhesive. Rather than being inserted into the urethra, this type of catheter collects urine that dribbles throughout the day and are usually not kept on for more than a day or two at a time. 

What catheter is chosen for you will ultimately depend on your doctor's assessment of your condition and personal needs.  

180 Medical can provide you with the supplies you need to stay on top of your health. They have a wide variety of the top brands and types available today, and their staff works with you and your doctor to find the catheter that will work best for you. 

The History of Catheters

by Jessica March 2, 2015 13:05
history of catheters blog header

You might think catheters are a relatively new invention. While it’s true that catheter technology is constantly advancing, the idea of a tube to drain the bladder has been around for centuries now.

In fact, it’s been documented that catheters were used around 3,000 BC. Of course, back in those days, they didn’t have the technology to be able to manufacture catheters in flexible, sterile materials, so they had to use what was available to them. Ancient Syrians used hollow vegetation such as reeds to relieve built-up urine in the bladder.

Later on, catheters were made in brass, copper, gold, lead, and silver. Silver is still used in certain medical fields due to its antiseptic functions. Benjamin Franklin, the famous inventor as well as one of the forefathers of the United States, had a hand in the creation of a silver catheter, which was originally was for use by his brother, John. He wanted to make the process of catheterization less painful for John, and so he worked with a local smithy on a new design for a more flexible catheter of silver.

New materials continued to be discovered and used, as the quest to find a more comfortable gentlecath red rubber catheterand flexible catheter went on. The first catheters made of rubber were developed in the 1700s was more flexible, certainly, but natural rubber weakens easily when warm and becomes brittle when cold. Rubber catheters during this period of time would sometimes disintegrate or weaken at body temperature, leaving debris behind in the urethra and bladder. In the 1800s, Charles Goodyear formulated the concept of vulcanization of rubber, which was later patented in 1844 by Thomas Hancock. This advent, which improved the overall quality of rubber, revolutionized its production, and soon the majority of catheters were made of vulcanized rubber, and later in the 20th century, latex rubber became the most popular material of choice.

Overall, catheterization was a safe procedure, but there were still cases of infections. After World War II, there were many disabled veterans, many of whom had spinal cord injuries and other ailments that required them to use catheters after the war. Infections were the last thing they needed to deal with on top of their other ailments. This is when the concept of sterile catheterization was introduced by SirLudwig Guttman, a British neurologist at the time who is now considered to be one of the founding fathers of organized physical activities for people with disabilities (including the Paralympic Games in England). It was noted that this practice helped to reduce the occurrence of infections.

In time, other materials began to be utilized as technology continued to advance, including PVC (poly-vinyl-chloride) and silicone. Today, advancements in catheter technology are leaps and bounds ahead of where we were even 20 years ago. Intermittent catheters exist in many materials, sizes, brands, and types – including hydrophilic catheters, pre-lubricated, closed systems, pediatric sizes, catheters in lengths for both men and women, and more.

180 Medical has been around for over twelve years now, and we certainly know our specialty well. Contact us today to find the right catheter for your needs, so you can experience the 180 Medical difference.
catheter showcase 180 medical

Other References: 

Carr, H. A. (2000). "A short history of the Foley catheter: from handmade instrument to infection-prevention device." 
Lapides, J., A. C. Diokno, A.C., et al. (1972). "Clean, intermittent self-catheterization in the treatment of urinary tract disease." J Urology 107(3): 458-461. 
J Endourol 7(2): 89-92. Mattelaer, J. J. and I. Billiet. (1995). "Catheters and sounds: the history of bladder catheterisation."
Paraplegia 33(8): 429-433.  Nacey, J. and B. Delahunt. (1993). "The evolution and development of the urinary catheter." Aust N Z J Surg 63(10): 815-819.

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 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, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.

Time to Apply for 180 Medical's 2015 College Scholarship Program

by Jessica January 28, 2015 13:24
Are you seeking financial assistance to help pay for your full-time college hours in the Fall of 2015?  Up until June 1st of this year, eligible applicants can apply for one of seven awards. Learn more: