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180 Medical Product News: Actreen Mini Cath Catheter Set for Women

by Jessica January 16 2018 05:54
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We like to keep you up to date on the latest catheter and ostomy products available on the market. If you're a woman who uses catheters, you may want to know more about the newest catheter option from B. Braun: the Actreen® Mini Cath Catheter Set just for females.

What to Know about the Actreen® Mini Catheter

B. Braun understands that many female catheter-users prefer a product that's not only easy to use but offers privacy and discretion. That's exactly why they designed the Actreen® Mini Cath.

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Simple to open and insert, the Actreen® Mini Cath and the closed system Mini Cath Set are both made to fit discreetly in a pocket or makeup bag. With a low profile and 3.5 inch catheter length, the female Mini Cath is similar in size to a lipstick compact, and the catheter itself is coated with hydrophilic lubricant for a gentle catheterization process from insertion to withdrawal. 

An additional benefit of the Mini Cath is that its packaging features pre-cut notches and finger holes, which gives its user the ability to open the catheter package easily, even for those with limited dexterity.

Features of the Actreen® Mini Cath Set

  • 3.5 inch length for optimal discretion
  • Pre-lubricated, hydrophilic catheter with no need for water activation or additional lubrication
  • Hygienic, touch-free catheterization
  • Easy to open, easy to use (even for those with limited dexterity)
  • Not made with PVC, DEHP, or natural rubber latex
  • Lightweight and low-profile
  • Smooth eyelets
  • A discreet pouch in every box to carry your daily supply
  • Anti-reflux valve inside bag to avoid leakage
  • Currently available in 10, 12, and 14 French sizes.
  • Sterile and designed for single-use

How Do I Use the Actreen® Mini Cath Catheter Set?

We like to make sure you have access to all of the information you need to properly and hygienically self-catheterize. You can visit for step-by-step self-cathing instructions for women (as well as for men and children) for all catheter types including straight catheters, hydrophilic catheters, and closed systems.

Our trained Product Specialists can walk you through the process of catheterization and send you samples of the Mini Cath with your order. We also offer one-of-a-kind instructional materials that can be sent to you with your order as well, including printed color brochures and a DVD. 

Disclaimer: Please note that these instructions are intended to provide a general understanding of how to self-cath. This should not be used in place of your doctor's recommendations based on your personal anatomy and needs. For personalized instructions, please visit, call, or consult with your prescribing physician or other professional healthcare provider.

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How Can I Find the Female Catheter That's Right For Me?

180 Medical carries an incredibly wide variety of intermittent catheters, including discreet pocket catheters that are perfect for travel and other female length catheters of all types from all of the major manufacturing brands on the market today. When you choose 180 Medical for your catheter supply needs, you can feel confident that you're getting the best product options available with unparalleled, friendly service.

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Just contact us to speak to one of our trained, friendly specialists. We'll be glad to help you find the right urinary catheter that will best fit your individual preferences and needs, and we can also verify your insurance to determine if and how these products are covered on your policy. 

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

Customer Specialist Employee Spotlight: Meet Sarah

by Jessica January 5 2018 06:42
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180 Medical is a national supplier of intermittent catheters, ostomy products, and related medical supplies. We make it a point to hire positive, compassionate, hard-working individuals who want to enjoy going to work, not only for a paycheck but for a rewarding place where we can make a difference. 180 Medical offers a competitive benefits package, extensive training, and many fun extras and perks. We were also named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for the 8th year in 2017. 

We're excited to introduce you to Sarah, who works as a part of our great team of trained, friendly Customer Specialists. 

Sarah, you've been with 180 Medical now for over 3 years, and we're so glad that you're a part of the 180 family. What are some of your responsibilities as a Customer Specialist?

Thank you! I get to directly speak to our customers and manage their accounts. The tasks that Customer Specialist typically handle can range from updating orders, adjusting account information, setting up new accounts, relaying and interpreting insurance information, helping them with various questions, and finding the right product for each person's individual needs. There's always new information to learn in this position as our department evolves!

180 Medical really does a great job in helping you find your niche. A while after becoming a Customer Specialist, I expressed interest in assisting with training. Since then, I've been provided with several opportunities to teach and train new hires. Helping my fellow coworkers learn and get to succeed is extremely gratifying.

What do you love most about working in your position at 180 Medical?

customer specialists holiday photo boothMy favorite thing is getting to encourage any customers who may be going through a difficult time or dealing with hard health issues. I like to be the listening ear that they may really need. Getting to know you have made even a small difference in their life or their experience never gets old for me.

One particular situation I recall is setting up a new female customer who was a Nurse Practitioner and brand new to self-cathing. She told me that she had helped her patients cath, but she never dreamed that she would have to do this herself. At first, she was very discouraged by her diagnosis, but after a long, heartfelt conversation, I assured her that we would make sure that the process was as easy as possible for her and send her a product that would fit well with her lifestyle and individual needs. She ended up sending a very sweet note thanking us for the encouragement, and even though she was able to eventually stop using intermittent catheters, she was very grateful for us during that time. These interactions are truly rewarding.

What do you like to do outside of work?

 I'm a fitness enthusiast, and I enjoy cycling, running, and weight lifting. I love spending time with my friends and family, especially my husband Robbie and our lab-mix Rowdy. On the weekends, you might catch me on a local bike trail or serving on my church's production team by running a camera or helping with graphics.

bicyclist on trails

What's one of the top things on your bucket list?

It's hard to pick just one, but my husband is trying to talk me into skydiving...We'll see!  

What quote keeps your inspired in your day-to-day life?

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility, count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3

And lastly, what advice would you give to someone who might be considering applying for a job with 180 Medical? 

Compassion is key. If you love people and enjoy helping others, then this job is right up your alley!

Sarah, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer these questions! We're so proud of you and the rest of awesome Customer Specialists, who work hard and take such good care of our customers with unparalleled service. 

Are you interested in becoming a part of the 180 Medical family? Take a look at our available positions and apply today.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a company that truly cares both for its employees and its customers.


Our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

by Jessica December 29 2017 14:36
180 medical's top 10 most popular blog posts of 2017

2017 has been a wonderful year for 180 Medical, and we certainly hope it's been a year of good health and fun for you too!

We posted a lot of blogs over the year, including topics like the latest catheter and ostomy product news, fun company happenings and charitable events in our community, in-depth looks at our inspiring 2017 Scholarship Program recipients, and as always, helpful and informative posts related to intermittent catheters, ostomy supplies, and more.

While we look forward ahead to all the great things coming in 2018, we've compiled this list of 180 Medical's ten most popular blog posts from 2017!

top blogs of 2017 10top blogs of 2017 10 Steps to Receiving Your Ostomy Supplies
If you are about to undergo or have recently had an ostomy surgery (whether ileostomy, urostomy, or colostomy), you're probably looking for some of the most concise, helpful basics about how to start getting the ostomy products and accessories that you will need. From getting the right fit and the necessary supplies for your individual needs to getting your very first shipment, 180 Medical is here to help and support you the whole way!

top blogs of 2017 9Why Do I Need to Use Coudé Catheters?
If you've been advised by your doctor that you need to use a curved tip or coudé catheter, you might be wondering what this kind of urinary catheter is for and why you need to use this type rather than the standard straight tip. This blog post sums up everything you need to know about what coudé catheters are, what they're used for, factors or conditions that contribute to the need to use a coudé tip instead of a straight tip catheter, as well as information on how to insert and use a coudé catheter.

top blogs of 2017 8Determined Spirit: Jen Goodwin's Story of Life After Her Spinal Cord Injury
We are honored by being able to feature some of our customers on our blog along with their unique stories, and when you read Jen's story, you can see why she is such a delight to speak with, as well as a true inspiration to all who know her. Jen could have chosen to give up after an accident left her quadriplegic. Instead, she decided to set her sights high and began achieving her goals, one after the other. A lot of readers, including everyone at 180 Medical, were awed by Jen and her incredible story.

top blogs of 2017 7Tips for Preventing the Risk of UTIs When Cathing
UTIs (urinary tract infections) are not all that uncommon to people who use catheters. Find out more about some of the most common symptoms of UTIs, some risk factors, as well as the best ways to prevent the recurrence of infections.

top blogs of 2017 6Bladder Cancer: Symptoms and Risk Factors
Did you know that bladder cancer is the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the USA? It's important to know some of the potential causes/risks as well as symptoms. The sooner bladder cancer can be diagnosed, the sooner treatment and recovery can begin.

top blogs of 2017 5Tips for Holiday Travel When You Have Urinary Incontinence
Traveling around the busy holidays, whether by car or plane, can be stressful enough without also dealing with urinary incontinence. We've got the tips to help you navigate traveling, whether by car or plane, including TSA regulations for carry-on luggage, helpful smartphone apps to find public bathrooms, and other helpful information.

top blogs of 2017 4Beating Spinal Cord Injury One Day at a Time: Mason Ellis's Story
Since a car accident in Mason's senior year of high school left him quadriplegic, he has been determined to beat his injury. He has become an inspiration to many through his determination and sincere desire to connect with others and help them. Find out all about what he does now to help others, including starting up his own successful YouTube channel to help others with spinal cord injuries and limited mobility accomplish tasks like dressing, dealing with spasms, self-cathing, and more.

top blogs of 2017 3Top 10 Reasons to Work at 180 Medical
180 Medical has been voted one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma (based on employee's anonymous feedback) for eight years for many reasons. If you're seeking a career with a company that devotes itself to core values like compassion and integrity where you can truly make a difference, check out some of the top reasons to apply at 180 Medical.

top blogs of 2017 2What are the Basics of Clean Intermittent Catheterization?
Intermittent catheterization doesn't sound fun or easy when you're brand new to it, but with the right information and instructions at hand, you can become a seasoned pro at self-cathing. Check out our helpful post on the basics of what intermittent urinary catheters and the process of cathing is all about.

top blogs of 2017 1Pocket Catheters 101
Pocket catheters are all the buzz in the cathing world this year, and we suspect the trend for discreet, travel-ready catheters will continue as more people find out about these handy urinary catheter options. Find out all about what pocket catheters are and why they are both popular and beneficial for many catheter-users, and take a look at a few of the many options available at 180 Medical.

Thank you for reading our blog! We at 180 Medical wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy new year to come, and we hope you'll join us for all the informative and interesting posts in 2018.

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a company that truly cares both for its employees and its customers.


Tips for Preventing the Risk of UTIs When Cathing

by Jessica December 15 2017 05:50
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One of the most common complications for people who intermittently self-catheterize is the development of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Find out more about UTIs and what you can do to help prevent them.

Common Symptoms of UTIs

uti symptoms feverSome common symptoms of urinary tract infections that you may experience may include:

  • Smelly or cloudy urine
  • Blood appearing in urine
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Increased urgency (feeling the need to empty your bladder often & sometimes without warning)
  • Pain in the abdomen or lower back
  • Burning, uncomfortable sensation inside the urethra
If you are experiencing symptoms of a UTI, see your doctor as soon as possible. The sooner your treatment can begin, the sooner you can beat your UTI and start feeling better.

Why Do People Who Use Catheters Have a Higher Risk of UTIs?

Self-cathing requires the insertion of a foreign object (a catheter) into your urethra to drain the bladder. This may increase the possibility of bacteria being pushed farther into the urethra and causing an infection if the bacteria linger and multiply.

UTIs are sometimes referred to as CAUTIs (catheter-associated urinary tract infections) when the person who has developed the infection also uses catheters. CAUTIs occur when bacteria or pathogens are introduced to the urethra via a foley catheter or intermittent catheter, then travel up to enter the bladder and even the kidneys if the infection goes untreated.

Consider the following tips to better prevent the recurrence of UTIs.

Ways to Prevent a UTI When You Self-Cath

washing hands before cathingFollow the cathing regimen as your doctor has prescribed. 

Cathing the amount of times per as recommended by your healthcare professional will keep your bladder properly drained, and this will minimize risk of urine staying in your bladder too long.

Wash your hands before and after catheterization.

If you don't practice proper hygiene by washing your hands well, the germs and bacteria on your hands can contaminate your catheter as you insert it. Using sterile gloves is a good option for preventing contamination from your hands if you don't have easy access to clean water and soap.

Don't reuse your catheter.

Reusing catheters may increase your risk of contracting a UTI or a bladder infection. Even if you're cleaning your catheters after using them, they can still have bacteria and pathogens on or inside the tube. Once your catheter has been used, it is no longer sterile. Just throw it away after use, and be sure to keep enough catheter supplies on hand so you'll have a new sterile catheter ready when it's time to self-cath again.

Most private insurance companies, state Medicaid programs, and Medicare cover enough intermittent catheters per month to ensure you don't have to wash and reuse your catheters.

Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about your current insurance policy's coverage for catheters and other related urological supplies.

lubricating your male length catheterMake sure you're using enough lubrication. 

Using adequate lubricant, whether in sterile individual packets or a tube, helps minimize irritation to your urethra as you insert and withdraw your intermittent catheter. 

Try hydrophilic catheters.

Hydrophilic catheters, such as the GentleCath™ Glide (available in both male length and female length), are designed to reduce the discomfort of urethral irritation and friction even more than standard straight catheters and lubrication.

Hydrophilic catheters also typically include a handling sleeve which will allow you to guide the catheter in without actually touching the tube, which minimizes the risk of contamination from your hands.

gentlecath closed system catheterUse a closed system with a pre-lubricated introducer tip.

The soft and flexible introducer tip lets the catheter get past where the highest concentrations of bacteria are located, which can minimize the risk of pushing germs farther up your urethra.

Closed system catheters are self-contained and come with collection bags and sometimes even include insertion supplies like disinfecting wipes and gloves. This type of catheter can be especially useful for those who are in wheelchairs or people who travel frequently and use public restrooms. 

Learn how to properly catheterize.

 If you're experiencing frequent UTIs and you self-cath, it's time to consider your current cathing routine. Are you doing everything your doctor has recommended, such as practicing proper hygiene, drinking enough fluids, and cathing the recommended amount of times per day? 

At 180 Medical, we carry high-quality catheter products from all major manufacturers with products on the market today. We also gladly provide catheterization instructions and resources that offer information on how to cath (available for men using straight or coudé tip catheters, women using female length catheters, and children using pediatric intermittent catheters, and more). 

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See your doctor with any questions about infections and how often you should be cathing. Feel free to contact us if you want to try out alternate catheter product options that may be better suited for your needs and preferences.

Disclaimer: Please note that this post is intended to provide a general understanding of some of the ways that could possibly help prevent urinary tract infections. This information should not be used in place of the recommendations of your doctor or other prescribing professional healthcare provider.

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Crohn's Ignited Chelsea's Creative Spark

by Jessica December 7 2017 08:47
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Earlier this year, we were proud to announce the seven 2017 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients. All of this year's recipients are so inspiring, and we're excited to let you know more about these bright students and their career goals.

Previously, we've introduced you to Megha and Frank, two of our seven recipients. Today, meet Chelsea! 

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Crohn's Disease Changed Everything

Crohn's disease, a form of IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), is currently considered incurable, and it can often be so severe that it drastically reduces the quality of life for those afflicted. You can learn more about Crohn's disease and its symptoms with our recent blog post about Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week.

Before Chelsea started to get sick, her goal was to be a surgeon who would work on patients with cancer and other disorders. In fact, as she first started out in college, she chose to continue to work toward that goal. Soon, however, she realized that her illness was so severe that she would likely not be able to keep up with such a demanding career. "Coming to terms with losing that dream was incredibly difficult for me," Chelsea says.

There would be more challenges before she would see the light ahead. During finals in her sophomore year of college, she had a major relapse with Crohn's disease, and the situation became so severe that she and her doctors came to the conclusion that medication was not going to be enough of a treatment plan for her. So Chelsea underwent a procedure to remove her colon and have an ileostomy created. 

A Turning Point After Ostomy Surgery

As Chelsea recovered and adapted to the new changes, she spent time thinking about what else she could do in the future. During that time, she went back to her childhood hobbies of reading, drawing, painting, and creating other types of art. 

"I began to realize that I should be pursuing the things I had loved as a child, what I had wanted to do before I even knew what biochemistry was," Chelsea says. With that in mind, Chelsea returned to school, enrolled in new coursework, and changed her major to graphic design. 

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Using Art to Increase Representation of the Disabled

As she continued to adjust to life with an ostomy, Chelsea found that there wasn't much information out there about ostomies specifically targeted to children, teens, and young adults. 

"I've experienced firsthand how the lack of representation for disabled kids and teens can negatively affect one's life," Chelsea says. "In an aim to fill this representational void, I create art and media (animation and comics, but mostly illustrated children's books) to help them make sense of their situation. I also use characters with traits and personalities that extend beyond their disabilities."

Chelsea wants those living with disabilities and chronic illnesses to know that they don't have to be defined solely by their condition, and she hopes that her work will help increase representation with them as well as other underrepresented communities of people.

Upon hearing that she was a recipient of this year's 180 Medical College Scholarship, Chelsea honored us with an absolutely beautiful drawing of a bird called a swift, surrounded by laurels with the following message:

"Swifts are notoriously strong and fast birds, small and often underestimated but very powerful. It, along with the laurel, represents the strength and power of my fellow scholarship recipients and all disabled youth. Our strength may be underestimated at times, but we will always persevere despite our hardships and come out on top, wearing laurels of our own."

chelsea fisk art swift and laurels

Truly, we feel so humbled to receive such an inspiring and lovely gift along with such an incredible message. Chelsea, we're sure you're going to go far in life, and we can't wait to see how your art positively impacts the world!

About the 180 Medical Scholarship

College isn't always easy to afford, and we know there are often additional financial burdens on aspiring students who live with medical conditions like spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, ostomies (ileostomy, urostomy, and/or colostomy), transverse myelitis, and neurogenic bladder. That's why 180 Medical created our scholarship program, and we're honored to offer this annually.

Find out more details at our Scholarship page, and watch for coming announcements about the 2018 180 Medical College Scholarship soon.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a company that truly cares both for its employees and its customers.


Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week

by Jessica December 6 2017 05:41
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December 1st through the 7th is Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week this year, and we want to stand up in solidarity with all those who are living with a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). At 180 Medical, we feel it is important to not only support those living with Crohn's disease and/or ulcerative colitis as well as those who have recovered thanks to ostomy surgery and now live with a colostomy or ileostomy.

We agree with what the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation says about IBD and those who are impacted by it: "the effects of these diseases are largely invisible [to others], which is why we need to make #IBDvisible."

Read on to find out more about these two forms of IBD, common symptoms, and ways you can help raise awareness.

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory disease that can affect any part of the body's gastrointestinal tract.

crohn's and colitis symptomsSymptoms can include:
  • Frequent or chronic diarrhea
  • Blood or mucus in stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Weight loss that can't be easily explained
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced appetite
These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and they can come and go without warning. 

The precise cause of Crohn's is currently unknown, although you can be assured it is not contagious. It could be possibly related to genetics or a virus that triggers an immune response to product inflammation that continues on without a cure.

Treatment options can include medications such as steroids or immunomodulators, and this is typically the first option doctors will suggest.

When the condition doesn't respond to medication or lifestyle/diet changes, or if it worsens to a point that symptoms become unbearable, surgery may be the best option, such as a colectomy. This will best be determined by a discussion with your doctor or other prescribing healthcare professional, such as a gastroenterologist.

Ulcerative Colitis

While Crohn's can affect any part of the GI tract, colitis's symptoms are restricted to the colon and the rectum, and the symptoms are typically continuous versus the off and on again symptoms of Crohn's. 

Symptoms can include:
  • Frequent or chronic diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloody stool
  • Fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Tenesmus (sudden or constant feeling that you need to void your bowels)
  • Low vitamin D and other vitamin/mineral deficiencies
The suspected causes are much the same as Crohn's, although ulcerative colitis is considered an immune system overreaction. 

crohn's colitis medication treatmentTreatment options include medications or surgery, which typically requires full removal of the colon and rectum.

It will depend entirely from person to person on what the best option for treatment will be, and you'll want to talk with your doctor to be sure you have a good idea of all of the possible options for treatment. 

Life with IBD

Living with Crohn's and/or colitis can be hard on those it affects, especially when symptoms are severe. It can keep you fatigued and feeling rundown, and due to the nature of these diseases, it may feel uncomfortable or embarrassing to live with or discuss what you're going through.

The good news is that there are options for treatment out there, and the sooner you get in touch with your doctor to schedule an appointment, the sooner you can get back to feeling better and resume your normal activities. 

Find out more about Crohn's and Colitis, as well as Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week and ways to be an advocate or share your story at

If you have had an ostomy surgery due to severe symptoms of either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, 180 Medical is here to help. We offer top-quality ostomy supplies from ConvaTec, and our Ostomy Specialists can work with you to find the best supplies to suit your individual needs and preferences. Contact us today. 

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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 

Tips for Holiday Travel When You Have Urinary Incontinence

by Jessica November 30 2017 05:43
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We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Although Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, millions of Americans will probably be on the road and up in the air from now until the end of the year to visit loved ones. 

While holidays can be joyous, we know they can also be quite stressful. However, for the more than 25 million Americans living with urinary incontinence, holiday travel can feel even more stressful.

If you have to travel by vehicle or plane, you might be intimidated by the prospect of bringing along your catheters or using them in public restrooms. You are certainly not alone in this concern. We even wrote about traveling by air with catheters a few years ago, which we encourage you to check out when you're done reading this post.

Our Top Tips for Holiday Travel

traveling by air with cathetersHere are a few of our top travel tips if you use incontinence products, catheters, and other urological or ostomy supplies:

  • If you plan to travel on an airplane, be sure to check with your airline to find out what can and cannot be carried on the plane. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also has a comprehensive website that may help you with additional questions about what you can bring on board or pack in your checked luggage.
  • You might consider reserving an aisle seat on the airplane so that you can reach the bathroom quickly and without potentially disrupting other passengers when you need to get up and go.
  • If it's a long flight, you could also wear protective undergarments that can manage any leakage or odor for your peace of mind.
  • When traveling long distances by car, plan your trip using a GPS to determine where there are public bathrooms.
  • There are a number of useful smartphone apps for those who use catheters or are in wheelchairs, as well as apps that can help you find a public bathroom in a hurry, like SitOrSquatt and Where to Wee.

Other Helpful Information to Keep in Mind

Although the holidays are known as a time to indulge, you may want to consult with your doctor on what liquids or foods might cause you trouble. For example, both alcohol and caffeine are known bladder irritants, and they have diuretic properties, which may make you need to use the restroom more frequently. 

closed system catheter kits travelIf you are concerned about hygiene while using your catheters in public restrooms, you may want to consider using a closed system catheter kit, or pack additional supplies such as gloves and antiseptic wipes. 

Our friendly trained Product Specialists at 180 Medical will be glad to help you look into some of the best catheter kits for your needs and let you know if these supplies will be covered by your insurance. Contact us today!

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Pocket Catheters 101

by Jessica November 20 2017 09:05
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Whether you've heard about them from your doctor, an online support group, or even television commercials, pocket catheters are one of the most talked about types of intermittent urinary catheters due to their convenience, ease of handling, and their ability to be carried discreetly. Learn all about pocket catheters and similar travel-ready options! 

What Is a Pocket Catheter?

cure pocket catheterA pocket catheter is a widely-used phrase that covers a few different styles of catheters for men, women, and children. The main and most important feature of a pocket catheter is that the packaging is small and discreet enough that is that it can be easily hidden inside a pocket, a purse, briefcase, backpack, or makeup bag, and depending on the brand, even in the palm of your hand as you walk to the restroom.  

Intermittent catheters are often packaged in a straight or longer parcel. Since the typical female length catheter is about 6 to 8 inches in length, they are already fairly easy to conceal. However, for pediatric length catheters, which are usually ten inches or longer, and male length catheters which are at least sixteen inches, users of these styles may want to find a more discreet or low-profile catheter.

catheter types and size comparisons to pocket catheter

What Options of Pocket Catheters Are Available?

Many versions of pocket catheters have all the familiar, high-quality features of the catheters you may already know and use, but depending upon the brand, there will be variations in their packaging, including size, shape, and what additional amenities may be included to aid a more hygienic catheterization, like insertion supplies.

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As always, 180 Medical will continue to keep you updated on the latest technology and new catheter products that become available on the market, but here are a few of the different options you may be interested in learning more about.

Pocket Catheters in Curved Packaging
cure pocket catheter xlCure Medical has a pocket version of its standard straight male-length catheter, the Cure U Pocket Catheter, where the entirety of the flexible catheter tube is curved to make the packet smaller, discreet, and more compact. Cure's catheters are made with high-quality material and will not kink when bent.

Cure also has a few other travel-ready options, such as a pocket catheter with lubricant included for your convenience and an extra-long pocket catheter (25 inches long), the Cure Pocket XL, which is great for those who often use extension tube connectors or are in wheelchairs. 

easycath pediatric pocket catheter for childrenThe Rusch EasyCath Pediatric Pocket Catheter is great if you're looking for a pocket catheter for your child. Once extended from the package, this high-quality PVC vinyl catheter is eleven inches for easy manipulation and it has polished eyelets to aid a smooth insertion. 

If your child is starting to self-cath on their own and needs a discreet catheter option to carry in their backpack or their pocket at school, a pocket catheter like this may be a good choice.

Compact Catheters

cure ultra female pocket catheterThe Cure Ultra is a new pocket-sized catheter for both women and men (female length pictured to the right), which features their exclusive CoverAll™ lubrication technology. This ensures an even, smooth distribution of the lubrication as the catheter is removed from its small, easy-to-open package. The design is environmentally friendly and simple to dispose of with minimal waste.

The Ultra is available in straight tip for both men and women, and there is also an option with a curved or coudé tip for those who have difficulty passing a straight tip, the Cure Ultra Coudé Male Catheter.

For women who want a discreet option with less mess and no fuss, they may find that the Cure Twist is the right choice for them. The Twist's packaging is designed to look similar to small cosmetics, like a mascara tube or lipstick. It has an easy-open twist top, and it's pre-lubricated, so as soon as you're ready, you can self-cath with no worries about mess or dripping.

speedicath compact female pocket catheterA similarly discreet item (pictured to the left) comes from Coloplast, a brand that has been around since 1957. Their mission is to develop products that make life easier on those who have medical needs, and the Coloplast SpeediCath Compact is certainly a product that fits that description due to its discreet packaging and ease of use. Available in options for both men and women, it is designed to look like an everyday item like a cosmetic product or a marker.

The female version is approximately 2.75 inches long, perfect for discreetly fitting into your pocket or packing in your suitcase for a vacation without worrying about too much additional bulk alongside your other toiletries and clothes. The SpeediCath Compact for Men is also ultra-discreet with a telescopic design that is less than half the size of a standard male catheter.

The CompactCath has a revolutionary design for ultimate privacy and ease of use. It looks unlike any other catheter on the market today. The flexible catheter is coiled inside a small plastic case that fits in the palm of your hand. Incredibly easy to pocket or carry, this catheter is also touch-free and is pre-lubricated with a silicone-based oil to aid in a super-smooth, comfortable insertion without need for additional lubricant.

compactcath pocket catheter for men and women

Pocket Closed System Catheters
Closed system catheters are a type of intermittent catheter with an all-in-one collection system. Often, they feature an introducer tip to bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria in the first few millimeters of the urethra, which may reduce the risk of infection. Closed system catheters have attached collection bags, which gives you the freedom to self-cath wherever you have privacy, making it an ideal choice for those in wheelchairs, children, and those who are frequent travelers. 

RUSCH POCKETPAC CATHETER KITThere are some discreet closed system catheter options that offer even more privacy when you carry them with you, such as the Hollister VaPro Pocket Plus, the Hollister Advance Plus Pocket Catheter System, and the Rusch PocketPac Catheter Kit, which includes insertion supplies to aid the catheterization experience (gauze, BZK antiseptic wipes, two vinyl gloves, underpad, and a refuse bag to dispose of the catheter when you're done).

Other Discreet Options
Many of the intermittent catheters we carry are of such high quality that you can roll it or curve the packaging inside your pocket without kinking the tube itself or damaging the catheter. Typically many of our pre-lubricated and hydrophilic catheter options are travel-ready and can be discreetly tucked away, like the GentleCath™ Glide, available for both men and women.

The Glide was designed based on actual feedback from real users of catheters, and it's a great option for people who want a discreet and efficient catheterization experience.

gentlecath glide travel hydrophilic catheter

Take a look at more great options in our catheter showcase today!

How Can I Find the Right Pocket Catheter for Me?

Just contact us to speak with one of our friendly Product Specialists. We'll be glad to help you find an intermittent catheter that may best fit your individual preferences, and we also verify your insurance for you to determine how and if these products are covered on your policy.

Disclaimer: Please note that this post is intended to provide a general understanding of a few of the product options available that are considered smaller, discreet, or pocket catheters. This information should not be used in place of the recommendations for what type of catheter your professional healthcare provider recommends or prescribes for you to use, based on your personal anatomy and individual needs and preferences. Please consult with your prescribing physician for more information on which type of pocket catheter or travel catheter might work best for you.

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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

Recognizing Veterans Day at 180 Medical

by Jessica November 10 2017 14:43
honoring veterans day at 180 medical 2017

November 11th is Veterans Day, and this month is National Veterans and Military Families Month, a time dedicated to recognize and honor all our service men and women and what they have done for us and our country.

Celebrating Veterans Day

At 180 Medical, we have many former military members as employees. Even the CEO of our company was in the Air Force. We're truly honored to have so many wonderful, hard-working people with backgrounds of service in nearly every branch of the United States military, including the Marines, Army National Guard, the Navy, and more.

We always like to do what we can to make Veterans Day a special time of recognition at 180 Medical, not just for our own veterans working at 180 Medical, but for all veterans and those still serving our great nation. Last year on our company blog, we featured two of our veteran employees, Pat and Kathy, and this year, we are featuring two more: Melanie and Bill.

We hope you enjoy reading about their time in service and how it affected them personally and professionally.

Meet Melanie, Healthcare Network Development Manager

180 medical air force veteran melanieMelanie has been with 180 Medical for over 7 years. Currently, she works in the Compliance and Contracting department as our Healthcare Network Development Manager.

Melanie, what made you decide to join the military?
I wanted to serve my country and obtain an education at the same time. Because of the great benefits of schooling that the United States Air Force provides, I was able to complete my Bachelor's Degree. 

Why did you end up choosing to join the Air Force? 
My dad had been in the Air Force, and it just seemed like the right choice for me. Originally, I planned to only serve for 4 years, but then I got the opportunity to become a USAF Instructor, and I enjoyed it so much that I stayed for 10 years!

Did you receive any honors for your service?
Yes, I did. I received medals and commendations, but the one I was most excited and honored to receive was when I was awarded Airman of the Year for the Air Education and Training Command. 

180 medical air force vet melanie

How did your time in military service affect your life and future career here at 180 Medical?
While in the military, I learned the meaning of integrity, teamwork, and compassion, which are all important values both in life and definitely at 180 Medical. I owe much of my career and life successes to the Air Force. 

I also made a lot of friends, who I continue to stay in touch with, thanks to Facebook!

Meet Bill, National Licensing & Facilities Manager

180 medical air force veteran billBill has worked for 180 Medical for over a decade. In fact, he recently celebrated his 11 year anniversary with 180 Medical last month! Currently, Bill works as our National Licensing and Facilities Manager. 

Bill, why did you choose to join the military?

I lived in a small town, and at the time, I wasn't too excited about going to the local college. I was ready to get out of the same place I'd been for much of my life, and I wanted to get out and see and do new things. I had a few friends who joined the United States Air Force about a year before I did, and it sounded like something I wanted to do. So I joined up and I stayed!

How did your experiences during that time affect your life? 
Well, when you join up at seventeen years old and you're 3,000 miles away from all your friends and family, you learn to grow up pretty fast! I was working alongside and living with all types of different people from all walks of life. It really helped me better understand the world and people, and it also helped me learn to get along with others and understand the problems that others have and deal with.

What interesting places did you get to travel to and see during your service?
I was stationed in Alaska, Connecticut, New Mexico (twice), and Massachusetts. I got to travel and see a lot of New England, the Southwest, and Midwest of the United States, and I got see travel and see England too. My favorite place I was stationed was at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. One time, I saw a polar bear right outside my kitchen window while I was living there!

180 medical air force vet bill and friendsHow did  your experience in service with the Air Force affect your life?
It affected my life in a great way. It made me see that God and family are the most important things in life. Understanding people's ways and concerns will take you far in life. It helped me learn to not take things for granted. Things don't come easy without a little sweat and tears.

I'm lucky to have made a lot of close friends during my time in service. Too many to name them all. They just become a part of your family. I even work alongside a few of them here at 180 Medical.

Overall, it was a great career. Some of the jobs I held during my time include Air Force Security Police and a Recruiter. I've been retired for 22 years now. I'm glad it's a part of my life and my history, and I'm very proud to have had the chance to serve my country for so long. 

happy veterans day from 180 medical

It's almost impossible to find the right words to thank those who have given so much of their lives and their time in service to our great nation. They do so much for us and our country, and we're blessed to be able to live in a free country, thanks to the sacrifices and service of our veterans. So, from all of us at 180 Medical, thank you so much to all of our veterans and soldiers still in service! 

Chances are that you know a veteran too, whether a co-worker, friend, family member, or loved one. Let's all take a moment to thank them and let them know what their service means to you as well as our country. 

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Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week at 180 Medical

by Jessica November 10 2017 05:42
hcca corporate compliance and ethics week 2017 at 180 medical

In keeping with one of 180 Medical's guiding principles of integrity and encouraging our employees to always do the right thing and operate by a strong code of ethics, we have been participating in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and Health Care Compliance Association's annual Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week (November 5-11, 2017). 

180 Medical's Integrity Sets Us Apart

Part of 180 Medical's foundation, something we call "the 180 Way," is integrity. At our company, integrity is emphasized in every department and in all our daily responsibilities and tasks. One department in particular, our Compliance and Contracting Department, is responsible for keep us up to date and on track with the latest regulations and insurance guidelines, as well as complying with regular internal and external audits.

180 medical compliance ethics contracting department

Even when it takes more time and effort on our part, we do what’s right every single time – not only for our own company, but for our customers, as well as all of the nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals and associates at the facilities with which we have developed relationships. Not many companies today will go as far as we do to help others. 180 Medical is in network with thousands of insurance plans, but when someone has a plan that is not already within our growing network, we have a special department just for finding a company that is, all while giving a top-notch customer service experience during the transfer process. We also make sure to get all necessary documentation for each and every one of our customers.

180 medical better business bureau accreditedBecause of our dedication to following the strictest guidelines, we are nationally accredited by the ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Health Care). In 2016, we were honored with the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Ethics, which was created to recognize companies that go above and beyond with the best practices in integrity and ethics. 

Each day, we all do what we can in order to exemplify what 180 Medical stands for, whether we are serving each other with kindness in the workplace, offering a listening ear and building rapport with our customers, or going the extra mile to make sure we have all of the documentation on hand that our customers' individual and varied insurance policies require. We feel that our unique story and our daily dedication to the 5 parts of the 180 Way is part of what keeps us a top provider of intermittent catheter and ostomy supplies.

Celebrating Compliance & Ethics Week 180-Style

With this week being the official HCCA Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week, the great people in our Compliance Department decided to make this week both educational and fun for everyone here.

hcca corporate compliance ethics week 2017 logoOn Monday, we wore blue to keep in mind the official of Compliance Awareness. Tuesday was Hat Day. On Wednesday, we were encouraged to dress professionally versus our typical workplace casual attire for Dress for Success Day, and on Thursday, we celebrated with one of our favorite annual "fun days," Pajama Day. 

Throughout the week, the Compliance and Contracting Department also organized scavenger hunts and bingo games, centered around trivia related to 180 Medical policies and procedures as well as compliance and ethics. This has been topped off with prizes as well as a few trips by everyone's desks to offer some tasty and healthy snacks to keep us going through the workweek.

Our entire company also had the chance to take part in voting for one of our employees our of multiple nominees who really shows a strong spirit of integrity and ethics at 180 Medical. This honor went to Lauren, one of our Billing Specialists. The co-worker who nominated her says, "Lauren remains ethical and honest in all her day-to-day decisions. She is quick to question anything that may not be compliant and shows high integrity."

compliance and ethics person of the year 180 medical 2017

Congratulations, Lauren! We're proud of you, as well as each one of our employees who work hard every day to exemplify the 180 Way.

As our Compliance and Contracting Department continues to work hard to keep our workplace updated with the latest insurance guidelines and compliance and ethics policies, we here at 180 Medical will continue to strive to do our best in every situation for you.

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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.