Catheter Connection

WOC Nurse Week

by Jessica April 16, 2014 16:46
Sunday, April 13th, kicked off the beginning of WOC Nurse Week, which will last until April 19th. During this week, we here at 180 Medical honor and recognize the many wonderful WOC nurses across the nation. The ultimate goal of this week is to educated and make other aware of the work that WOC nurses do every day.

What is a WOC Nurse?

WOC stands for the areas in which a nurse specializes: Wound, Ostomy, and Continence. So WOC nurses specifically care and help treat patients with wounds, ostomies (urostomy, colostomy, &/or ileostomy), and/or any continence issues, such as bowel or bladder incontinence.

During a recent study conducted in home health care settings, it was found that WOC nurses can greatly affect patient improvement levels. Per this study, patients who were taken care of by a WOC (as opposed to patients who did not have a WOC nurse) were:

  • Nearly twice as likely to have improvement in pressure ulcers.
  • 20% more likely to have improvement in lower extremity ulcers.
  • 40% more likely to have improvement in surgical wounds.
  • 40% more likely to have improvement in urinary incontinence.
  • 14% more likely to have improvement in bowel incontinence.
Above information can be found at www.wocn.org.

Join Us in Honoring WOC Nurse Week

In closing, we'd like to say a special thank you to all WOC Nurses, including those with whom we are privileged to have worked with and continue to serve and those who help take care of our customers every day! We appreciate and honor your compassion, your care, and your knowledge in your field of specialization!



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.
 

180 Medical Employee Spotlight: Documentation Specialist

by Jessica April 9, 2014 10:50
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 Christina from our Documentation Specialist department! She has been on staff here for a little over 8 months now, and she is very happy to be a part of the 180 Medical family.

What are some your duties as a Documentation Specialist?

I enter new patient information, check and upload documentation, verify insurance information, and occasionally call patients for insurance information if it was not included on the original referral from their doctor's office. I also handle getting authorizations that various insurance companies may require. Some of what we Documentation Specialists do are "behind the scenes," but we work hard to bring our customers the fastest and best service while maintaining a top quality experience.

What do you love most of all about 180 Medical?

I just love the work culture and the friendly environment here. Everyone comes to work with a smile on their face, ready to tackle whatever the day throws our way. No one is a stranger here. Everyone is super friendly and genuine.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a very hands-on kind of person, so I enjoy building, fixing, creating, writing, crafting, etc. I also like to dance. I am passionate about OU, and I actually used to work for OU football while I was a student. It was a neat time in my life, because I got to go to every game, both home and away, and met a lot of people, including players who are now in the NFL.

What's something special about working for 180 Medical?

We're all a big family here. In my department, we're such a great team. All of my fellow Documentation Specialists have been so helpful and welcoming. It is fun to watch my co-workers interact, from giving advice or sharing good-natured Best Places to Work in Oklahoma 180 Medicaljokes to just enjoying each other's company. You never get the feeling that people are just pretending - there is a genuine bond our team shares, which is awesome considering how much the company continues to grow. And that's a part of what's great about 180 Medical: it's a wonderful place to grow in your career. I know my supervisors are there for me and truly want to see me succeed and grow. There's a reason we've been picked multiple times as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma!

What's one of your favorite stories of how you helped a patient?

I often call patients to obtain insurance information if we don't have it when their doctors initially refer them to us for their supplies. One day, I was calling someone but their phone ignored my call, and I left a message. Later on in the day, I called again, and this time the man answered and said he had ignored my call earlier, because he had just found out he had prostate cancer and didn't want to take that out on me. We talked for a little while, and after a deep breath, he said he was determined to beat it. He was just so uplifting and encouraging. I told him we would be with him through the process, and we are here for him. He has started a journey with us, and he doesn't have to face it alone. He thanked me for my help, and it felt wonderful to know we had both touched each others' lives in a way.

What's a quote that inspires you daily?

Phillipians 1:3 -- "I thank my God every time I remember you." It puts a smile on my face and reminds me that everyone needs prayer and kindness, because you never know what they're going through. For many of our patients, the journey of starting to use catheters or ostomy supplies may be a new one, and that can sometimes be a difficult transition. But because they chose 180 Medical to supply them, that's a life that we get to touch. We are blessed to be able to take care of their supply needs and make that part of their lives a little easier.

Thanks so much to Christina and all of the Documentation Specialists at 180 Medical!

We offer a variety of positions in different departments, and there is plenty of opportunity for growth and development within the company. Keep watching for more Employee Spotlights in the future, and look into a career at 180 Medical 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.
 

180 Medical's Annual Biggest Loser Competition Ends With Exciting Results

by Jessica April 7, 2014 12:25
Every year, 180 Medical hosts a "Biggest Loser" competition for all staff, as a fun and positive way to encourage all employees to keep a healthy lifestyle. All in all, we had a great participation this year with 68 total employees participating in the contest, working hard to lose weight and get fit. Everyone who took part really gave it their best this year, and the proof is in the numbers!



Congratulations to all of this year's "losers!" It will be easy to keep that hard-earned healthy lifestyle all year at 180 Medical, voted one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma, with the onsite gym to work out in and the healthy snacks like fresh fruit and almonds in our break rooms. 

This annual competition is just one example of 180 Medical's fun and healthy work environment. Interested in having a job you love? Check out a career at 180 Medical!


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.
 

Todd Brown's Story & the Unique Perspective of 180 Medical

by Jessica April 3, 2014 16:31
After our recent post to assuage fears about catheterization, you may have some more questions or some curiosity about our founder and CEO, Todd Brown, and a little more about 180 Medical's unique perspective in the catheter supply industry.

Let's start at the beginning with Todd's inspiring story. Todd grew up active in sports, including basketball and track. He loved riding his motorcycle and got involved in motocross, which is a physically-demanding, fast-paced form of motorcycle racing on mostly off-road, closed courses. After graduating college, he was still actively involved in motocross. In 1994, at the age of 25, a tragic accident during a motocross jump left Todd with a T-7,8 spinal cord injury.

Adjusting to Life in a Wheelchair

Even though this was most definitely a life-changing event for him, he was determined to never give up.  After two months of rehabilitation, he went back to work. Wanting to keep an active lifestyle, he even participated in his first wheelchair marathon just six months after his accident.

Out of the many difficulties that faced Todd in his new life as a paraplegic was dealing with frequent urinary tract infections, which occurred consistently as he cleaned and reused his catheters. On top of that, he dealt with frustration with getting the right medical supplies he now needed from companies who were totally unfamiliar with the right choices of product for those with spinal cord injuries. Where were the companies who had people who actually used catheters and those related medical supplies? Where were the suppliers who cared about their customers' needs? 

Todd's Life Begins to Turn Around

One day, while attending a wheelchair race, a fellow athlete introduced Todd to the idea of sterile use (that is, using a catheter one time and then disposing of it, versus reusing after cleaning it) and gave him a closed system catheter to try out. Right away, Todd's health improved. The recurrent Urinary Tract Infections that had previously continually dragged down his immune system lessened. He felt like his quality of life had done a 180 degree turn.

The Company Begins

Shortly after this, Todd and his wife started a medical supply company out of their garage. He had high goals for this company and hoped to help other people who had similar medical needs. He knew he wanted to have a well-trained, compassionate staff and a good selection of the best quality supplies available.

Today...

Today, 180 Medical is one of the fastest-growing, nationally-accredited providers of sterile use catheters, related urologic supplies, and ostomy supplies. We have a continually growing staff of caring specialists, including some who are disabled and self-catheterize on a daily basis, so they have first-hand knowledge and experience to share.

Of course, no one can tell his story as well as Todd himself. Take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video of interviews with Todd and his family.





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.
 

So You've Been Told You Need to Start Using Catheters -- Now What?

by Jessica March 31, 2014 11:30
Change is not always easy. It's completely natural to feel some fear when your doctor tells you that you will need to use intermittent catheters going forward as part of your treatment plan.

We here at 180 Medical understand how daunting it can feel to be told that your life will be different going forward, whether due to injury, surgery, disease, or another diagnosis that requires the use of catheters.

Some of our employees and Todd Brown, 180 Medical CEO and foundereven our founder/CEO Todd Brown, after devastating spinal cord injuries, have experienced the transition to life in a wheelchair. They understand what it's like to  face new challenges after leaving the rehabilitation hospital and the long process of finding and adjusting to the use of various medical supplies specifically for their needs. They continue to use intermittent catheters (among other supplies) every single day, so these employees have a personal experience to share with you -- not just with the process of intermittent catheterization but also a true understanding of those initial feelings of concern over this new process that will be a part of your life, whether temporarily or long-term, depending upon your health professional's prescribed treatment plan.


While your doctor should be your go-to for medical advice, 180 Medical is committed to being a support for you by giving the best service possible while also providing you with the resources and education you need to feel fully informed and comfortable with this new process.

Give us a call today to experience the quality service and care that 180 Medical is ready to give you! You'll find a listening ear from a well-trained, compassionate specialist who can help you through the transition to self-cathing.
  


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.
 

180 Medical Recognizes National Doctor's Day

by Jessica March 28, 2014 10:40

This Sunday, March 30th, 2014, marks the 81st National Doctors' Day in the USA. 180 Medical wishes to recognize and honor the significance of this day and honor the many special urologists, rehabilitation doctors, general practitioners, and other physicians that we are proud to know and serve.

History of Doctors' Day

The very first Doctors' Day to be observed on record was March 30th, 1933, when Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, created and implemented a day solely to honor physicians. On this first observance in 1933, greeting cards were mailed, and many also placed flowers on the graves of deceased doctors.

In 1990, National Doctors' Day was signed into public laws to designate March 30th of every year as the official day to recognize physicians and their many contributions to learning, teaching, healing, and changing lives.

180 Medical's Special Message for Doctors on this Day

To all of the great physicians out there, today, all of us at 180 Medical would like to thank you for all that you do every day, you strive diligently to improve the quality of life for others. The great care you demonstrate in your work does not go unnoticed by us.

National Doctors' Day is just one day out of the year, but our gratitude for you is year-round!


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.

Latest Intermittent Catheter Products: Introducing GentleCath

by Jessica March 27, 2014 10:56

Have you heard about GentleCath intermittent catheters? We here at 180 Medical are always excited to share the latest and greatest products and information with our customers, so chances are you may have already talked to one of our friendly specialists about this quality brand and even gotten to experience these quality products for yourself!

What are some features of GentleCath products?

GentleCath is manufactured by ConvaTec, a worldwide medical product company. They manufacture quality items such as ostomy supplies, wound care, continence care, and more.

The GentleCath catheters all have polished, rounded eyelets and soft rounded tips to help minimize friction and make the catheterization experience more comfortable from insertion to withdrawal.


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.


Whatever your lifestyle, GentleCath may have just the right intermittent catheter for your needs.

Which products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical is proud to be a provider of GentleCath's entire product line, including:
  • 100% latex-free PVC (vinyl) straight intermittent catheters, available in 16" male length (ranging in French size from 8fr to 18fr) and 8" female length (French sizes of 8fr to 16fr)
  • 100% latex-free PVC (vinyl) coude tip intermittent catheters -- available in 16" male length (French sizes from 8fr to 18fr). Recently updated, back, and better than ever with improved eyelet placement on sides!
  • Red rubber intermittent catheters in both straight and coude tip -- 16" male length (straight tip comes in French sizes from 10fr to 20fr and the coude tip comes in 12fr to 20fr)
And coming soon, GentleCath will add a top-quality line of hydrophilic catheters and hydrophilic catheter kits to their brand. More information on that to come!

How can I try out GentleCath's products and find the catheter that's right for me?

Simply contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry or give us a call at 1-877-688-2729 to speak to one of our highly trained, friendly specialists. We will be happy to help!
  

180 Medical Is Moving to a New Home!

by Jessica March 26, 2014 14:34

180 Medical has some exciting news to share with all of you. We are officially moving to a new office location in Oklahoma City this summer! Our current headquarters is at 5324 W. Reno Avenue until we head to our new location at 8516 NW Expressway.

As one of the top suppliers of intermittent catheters and ostomy supplies in the nation, 180 Medical has continued to grow in staff size, and we needed a space with plenty of growing room for our current and future employees. This new location, settled near Northwest Expressway and Rockwell Avenue, with 60,000 square feet on over 4 acres of land, has much more room than our current office arrangement.

"This is an exciting move for 180 Medical. We’re so happy to have a new building that will be big enough to facilitate our exponential growth and hold all our current and future employees who become a part of the 180 family," said Todd Brown, CEO and founder of 180 Medical.

180 Medical has steadily grown as a company and quickly outgrew the original headquarters. Over the past two years alone, 120 employees were added to the staff, and this exponential growth caused management to begin scouting for possible locations for its new headquarters. With a large floor plan, an atrium lobby, plenty of windows for natural light, and a lovely park setting outdoors, the new location is just what 180 Medical was looking for.

180 Medical would also like to announce that they are currently hiring for a variety of positions to meet high demand. They encourage any passionate, kind people to check out their available positions for an opportunity to work for a great company that strives to make a difference for people in need of their specialized products. 180 Medical has been voted one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for several years.

"When asked what makes a great employee, the number one thing I say is passion. We want people who have a desire to help others and will work hard to do so. We feature a fun, casual working environment. I encourage those who want to start a new career to apply," said Sharon Hodnett, HR Director of 180 Medical.

Keep checking our blog for more information, including some of our fun company events, more about our fun work culture at 180 Medical, causes and charities we support both nationally and in our community, product news about the latest catheters and ostomy supplies, and more!
  

  

UTI Facts: Preventative Care and Management

by Catheter Experts March 25, 2014 08:52
At 180 Medical, many of us not only have first-hand experience with a Urinary Tract Infection (as it is a very common infection that results in millions of doctor’s visits a year in the United States alone) – we also have talked to people directly who have had trouble with recurrent infections. One of our goals at 180 Medical is to provide you with the information you need to succeed in turning your health and life around, so we’ve prepared this educational infographic giving you a bit more information about Urinary Tract Infections, what they are exactly, what symptoms are, and some basic prevention and care tips.


If you are currently experiencing what you believe to be a Urinary Tract Infection, contact your health professional to schedule an appointment as soon as possible so that they can treat you appropriately.

If you currently use catheters and are experiencing recurrent UTIs, please give one of our trained specialists a call at 1-877-688-2729, and they can discuss your options for products that can help to reduce the risk of recurrence of UTIs.
  

180 Medical Scholarship Program

by Jessica March 19, 2014 14:24
If you or someone you know (kids, grandchildren, neighbors, friends) are living with a chronic condition such as a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and/or transverse myelitis and will be attending college as a student this autumn (fall of 2014), we here at 180 Medical encourage you to apply for our annual scholarship of $1,000, which will be awarded to 5 recipients.



Today's economy and rising college prices is enough of a worry without also dealing with a disability, and we understand that. That's just part of why 180 Medical created this scholarship as a way to give back to the community and give those facing extraordinary challenges a chance to further their education and impact their surrounding community.

For more information and full details and/or to download an application at http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

Feel free to take a look at the winners in the past two years and their awesome stories:
2012 180 Medical Scholarship Recipients
2013 180 Medical Scholarship Recipients