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Urology Territory Specialist Employee Spotlight: Meet Wendy

by Jessica July 13 2017 08:58
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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 7th year in 2016. 

We're excited to feature Wendy, one of our Executive Urology Territory Specialists, in this month's employee spotlight. 


Wendy, congratulations on recently celebrating your 7th anniversary with 180 Medical! Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
Twenty years ago, I moved from Florida to Colorado without a job and not knowing anyone because I love the great outdoors, and there is so much to do here. In the summer, I do a lot of hiking, camping, biking, and golfing. I have hiked five 14-ers. I also love live music and attend a lot of outdoor concerts in the summer. During the winter, I ski and snowshoe. 

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What is a typical day in the life for you as a territory specialist (sales representative)?
My day starts early with emails and phone calls if I am working locally, and it starts even earlier if I have a lot of drive time to the area that I am working in. Due to the size of my territory that I cover, I have a lot of time between the wheel, but I'm always making calls to nurses along the way to answer questions and collect documentation such as prescriptions and Medicare documentation. The position requires a lot of multi-tasking, but my main responsibility is to call on any facilities in my territory that may have patients who will need to use intermittent catheters. I also like to make sure that all of my facilities are stocked with sample bags so that they have what they need when they teach a patient how to catheterize

wendy l spina bifida walk n roll coloradoWhat are some of the best parts of your job?
The best part about working for 180 Medical is that we are the absolute best in the industry! We employ the most caring, knowledgeable specialists who truly go above and beyond for our customers every day, and this makes my job much easier. I can feel confident knowing that the patients our facilities send to 180 Medical for their supplies will be taken care of quickly with kindness and respect. The best part about being a territory specialist is that we get to make our own schedules, and I also enjoy getting to know the nurses and doctors and build relationships with them.

What sets 180 Medical apart from other employers, in your opinion?
180 Medical is just a rare gem that knows how to treat their employees as well as their customers. We have the most incredible company culture that I have ever experienced. Although I had been in sales for 10 years prior to 180 Medical, I had never worked for a company that gave their reps as much autonomy to run their business as 180 Medical does. One thing that working here has given me is the opportunity to learn discipline in managing my territory, such as scheduling, routing, and responding to the volume of emailed requests.

The longer I've been with 180 Medical, and the more the company has grown over the years, I've had some fun opportunities to ride along with and train more territory specialists to help them get their business going. I really enjoy training other reps and sharing my experience and knowledge with them, and 180 Medical has been a big part of allowing me to explore those strengths.

If you're interested in a sales job with 180 Medical and if you work hard and are smart, persistent, self-motivated, and driven, you will grow your territory and can be very successful! 

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What's something about you that people might be surprised to know?
I’m a bit of an adrenaline junky, and I’m definitely the most adventuresome person in my family. I love trying new outdoor activities. I have been skydiving and fly-boarding a few times and have been a certified scuba diver since 1996.  

What is one of your favorite 180 Medical memories? 
My first favorite memory of 180 Medical is meeting Todd Brown (founder of 180 Medical) on my flight when I was working as a flight attendant. I will be forever grateful that I met him that day and that he gave me his card and the opportunity to interview. My second favorite memory is receiving the company coin, which was such an honor to me. 

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What are some fun community events you like to make time for outside of work?
I love getting the chance to attend as many charitable events in the community as I can.  A few of the major annual events I attend are the Spina Bifida Association Walk-N-Roll, Spina Bifida Association Education Days, Adaptive Adventures, Jam the Damz, Camp Discovery, and several other adaptive programs for kids and adults with disabilities.  I also attend Boys Hope Girls Hope every year.  


Wendy, thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions! We truly appreciate you for all the hard work you put in, day in and day out, and all the compassion you show for not only our customers but for the doctors and nurses with whom you interact regularly to make sure we take care of their patients properly and compassionately. You display the 180 Way in all you do, and we're thankful for you and all of the hardworking Urology Territory Specialists every day! 


Are you interested in becoming a part of the 180 Medical family? We're hiring! Check out our available positions and apply today.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 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.

Making Dreams Come True After Spinal Cord Injury: Jen Goodwin's Continuing Story

by Jessica July 6 2017 06:11


Jen Goodwin's whole world drastically changed in single moment after a fun day boating on the lake went terribly wrong, and she sustained a serious spinal cord injury at the C5 and C6 level. After her surgery and over two years of rehab, she returned back home and began to adjust to daily life as a quadriplegic. Daily tasks that were once done without a second thought, like brushing teeth and going to the bathroom, became new skills to re-master. With a lot of practice and time, Jen kept moving forward and became acquainted to daily life in a wheelchair.

Being a very goal-oriented person who thrives on a challenge, Jen decided she was ready to tackle something new. Life was going well as Jen settled into her new routine, but she was ready to start thinking about what could be next for her. Since she had demonstrated an interest in law before, her mom suggested that she ought to try taking the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). It was a surprise and a joy to find out that she performed even better than expected, and she ended up getting a full scholarship to Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas.

Back to School

jen goodwin law school graduate quadriplegic Returning to school as an adult in a wheelchair was a whole new challenge to face. She wouldn't know anyone in her new classes at all, and there were other questions on her mind now too. How would she take notes and tests when she wasn't able to write? Would the school buildings be accessible for her? Of course, these were perfectly normal concerns to have.

"I think a lot of people are afraid to go back to school after [spinal cord] injuries," Jen says, "But talk to your local Vocational Rehabilitation Services, because they have a lot of resources and information to help get people back to school. And talk to your school's Disability Resource Center. They really want to help! Even if your injury prevents you from taking notes and typing, there are still ways to be successful in school."

Jen arranged some meetings with her school's Disability Resource Center, and she was relieved to find the staff ready and willing to discuss options with her. Together, they worked out what accommodations and adjustments would need to be made in order to ensure that she would have the same opportunities for success as every other able-bodied student at the law school, such as keypads to open doors, accessible bathrooms near her classes, digital copies of textbooks, and setting her up with classmates who could take lecture notes for her.

Another Dream Come True

jen goodwin spinal cord injury family Jen worked as diligently as possible at all her courses while still making time to get to know the other law students in her classes. After a year of school, she decided it was time to focus on one of the greatest wishes of her heart: to become a mother.

At the time, there were a few people who had some opinions on her life and even doubted that Jen could handle all of these responsibilities along with having a child of her own, but she didn't let that hold her back. Talking to Jen and hearing her story in her own words would certainly make you realize that her tenacity and optimism keeps her moving forward, and there's no obstacle she's not willing to work hard to overcome. 

With the support of her doctor and her family, she picked an anonymous donor and became pregnant at just the right time during winter break, so she could spend much of the time during her first trimester out of classes. The time off was spent practicing and working with a weighted doll to find the best techniques for lifting car seats, changing her baby's clothes, and more, all while an accessible nursery for her baby boy was added on to her home. Spring semester classes went on without a hitch, and then just after school let out in the summer, little Beckham made his early arrival in June.

Today, he has a mother who loves him more than anything in the world and a wonderful support system of close family and friends, especially Jen's parents and sister.

Jen's lifelong dream of being a mom had finally come true.


Looking to the Future

So what's next for Jen now that she's graduated from law school as of May of this year? Right now, Jen is prepping for the bar exam, and after that, she starts a two-year internship working with the legal department of the local children's hospital, which seems like the perfect fit for a woman with such a big heart for children. Plus she can bring her own experiences with the legal system and living with a disability.

"I am a firm believer that the right doors open when they're supposed to," says Jen, "So we'll see what happens after that!"

We're so excited to see all the ways that Jen will go forward to achieve more dreams as well as positively impact others' lives during her journey. There were certainly obstacles along the way, but she came out on the other side with a smile, a law degree, and a son of her own. Limitations and setbacks may happen in life, but Jen is living proof that with optimism and tenacity, nothing can hold you back.

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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 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.


Determined Spirit: Jen Goodwin's Story of Life After Her Spinal Cord Injury

by Jessica June 30 2017 06:13


Nearly a decade ago, Jen Goodwin was on top of the world. She'd graduated from the University of Arkansas, bought her first house, and adopted her first dog. Then she got her dream job as a pharmaceutical sales rep, which came naturally to her with her friendly personality, big smile, and a real talent for sales. It seemed like life couldn't be better. Then everything changed in the blink of an eye. 

The Day Everything Changed

A fun day of boating and swimming at the lake with her neighbors in the summer of 2008 turned into a nightmare after dark. She and another neighbor were out in his boat when he fell backwards onto her head and then used her neck almost like a springboard to push himself back up to stand again. Immediately, she saw a flash of bright white and had a warm pleasant feeling that gave way to searing pain, and then she realized she couldn't feel her legs. It was clear something was very, very wrong.

jen goodwin picAt first, her neighbor didn't believe that she had been hurt, even claiming that she was faking her injury. In cases like this, when someone says they're hurt or have possibly sustained a spinal cord injury, it's important to keep them still and get help from emergency services as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this didn't happen for Jen. Due to her injury, she couldn't sit up or hold on to anything to maintain balance during that terrifying trip over choppy waters back to the boat ramp. It took a lot of pleading for her neighbor to relent and, after loading her into the floorboard of his truck, he eventually drove her forty-five minutes away to the local hospital.

As soon as they arrived, paramedics sprang into action to help Jen. It was obvious that she was seriously hurt, but the true extent of the damage wasn't fully known until they ran some tests. Despite her pain and fear, Jen tried to maintain a positive attitude, but when the doctor sat down with her to tell her that her neck had been broken and her spine was severely compressed at the C5 and C6 level, leaving her quadriplegic and unlikely to ever walk again, she finally let herself cry. She knew then for sure that this wasn't a simple injury that could be quickly fixed. Life had changed forever.

Life During Rehab

Naturally, Jen was heartbroken at all that had happened to her, but she didn't let herself stay down for long. She was ready to take on whatever challenges lay ahead. Her surgery was scheduled on a Sunday, and she transferred to the rehabilitation center on Thursday, one of the fastest post-surgery patients that the staff at the hospital had seen.

jen goodwin quote 2Her first goal was just to raise her hand high enough to scratch her nose. Initially, she had no lower extremity movement and no control of her triceps, because of the level of her injury, but she kept that tenacious drive and continued working hard to meet challenges head on and eventually was able to achieve that first goal she had set for herself. "I just looked at it like, 'This is my chance, so I'm going to give it absolutely everything I've got every single day,' and because of that, I was able to get a lot stronger," says Jen. 

Although she was determined to push through therapy and work hard, it felt like a lot of the techniques and skills they were teaching her in rehab wouldn't be possible for her to master at first. After a lot of practice and determination to gain back some strength, she received validation that hard work and dedication to her goals made things possible when others might have thought it wasn't possible.

Altogether, she spent nearly two years total in rehabilitation therapy, including a controlled intensive therapy study at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia. She worked as hard as possible to reach her goals, and during that time, she also met some of her best friends. They affectionately dubbed themselves, "The Quad Squad," and they still meet up regularly for vacations and get-togethers.

Her ultimate goal was to learn to walk again, and finally, she was able to walk down and back again on the length of a basketball court. It took an hour and was achieved with the help of two therapists, a spinal electronic nerve stimulator (or e-stim), and a walker. This was a turning point for Jen in figuring out her next goals.

"I decided I could either learn to walk, or I could learn to live," she says of her decision to move on after focusing entirely on rehab for over two years. It was only because she gave her all and worked as hard as she could for so long that she felt able to let go of the old goals and focus on new ones.

Moving Forward

There were all kinds of new challenges to face during that early period of life after her injury. Once rehab was over, Jen had to put the skills she had learned into action and worked to develop new strategies for accomplishing basic, daily activities around the house, and even in getting around in the world, such as learning to drive again with the help of a modified car. She devoted nearly a year to designing and planning an accessible home to have built next to her parents' house, and another year was spent learning how to live in it on her own. 

One additional aspect Jen had to consider was learning how to self-cath. It can help to have a catheter supply provider with trained product specialists on staff who are willing to take time to listen to concerns and questions. She found 180 Medical through a spinal cord injury event and has been with us ever since. "I absolutely love 180 Medical. You guys sci connection facebook linkhave always been great about getting the supplies I need and letting me know about any new products that come out. I can always rely on you to get my supplies to me when I need them," says Jen.

Depending on the level of injury, some may not be able to manipulate a catheter on their own. Jen tried out a few different catheter options while using a gripping catheter clamp to better hold them, but when she tried out a newer option the Coloplast SpeediCath Compact Set, she knew she'd found the perfect fit for her needs. "It's so nice that they fit right in my purse. They're super discreet and ready to go, and I can actually grip them with my hands." Since Jen loves to travel, it's super handy to have an option for catheters that are lighter and take up way less space in her luggage too. 

It wasn't always easy. From the frightening night of her injury through years of hard work and dedication to physical and rehabilitation therapy, the journey to where she is now was long and challenging. Jen understands that things can seem bleak to those who have been recently injured, but after going through all she has, she encourages others to not lose sight of goals or give up. 

Thinking about what might come next was never far away from Jen's mind as she settled into daily life. There were a few big dreams that she had always wanted to accomplish that kept coming up in her mind, and she decided she wasn't going to let her spinal cord injury get in the way of achieving those dreams.

Find out all about the next chapter of Jen's life and the new goals she set for herself with our next blog post to be published in Part 2 of our two-part series. 


Check out this awesome video from Permobil Corporation to meet Jen in person as she talks a bit about her goals and her experiences with her wheelchair.



About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 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.

180 Medical Product News: CompactCath Intermittent Catheter

by Jessica May 31 2017 09:17
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At 180 Medical, we love to keep you in the know on the newest catheter and ostomy products available, so you're up to date on the latest supply options that might fit your needs and preferences. In this post, you can find out more about the new CompactCath catheter for males and females.

What Should I Know About the CompactCath Catheter?

compactcath travel pocket catheterAll About CompactCath

CompactCath is a revolutionary new intermittent urinary catheter designed to better address some of the main concerns of catheter users, such as better discretion, convenience, and hygiene.

In 2011, a team of physicians, engineers, and business students met at Stanford's Design for Service Innovation class with the goal of designing a new catheter solution that delivers comfort and ease of use. They approached development of the catheter by talking to and visiting the homes of hundreds of catheter users to truly understand their needs and what they wanted from an intermittent catheter. During their research process, they found that although most catheter users had no issue catheterizing in the comfort of their homes, a majority still felt some anxiety when going out and cathing in public restrooms and other settings away from home. So the team began working to create a modern intermittent urinary catheter that is compact, convenient, and can fit seamlessly into users' everyday routines.

Features of the CompactCath

  • 16 inch length: Although this is typically male length, the CompactCath is considered unisex, so both men and women can use it. 
  • Discreet design: Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and comes in opaque packaging, CompactCath doesn't look like a typical catheter, which allows users to maintain discretion and privacy.
  • pocket catheter option compactcathPre-lubricated: The sheath contains silicone oil, which lubricates the length of the catheter tube as it is pulled out of its case. This reduces friction during the process of catheterization and reduces risk of urethral irritation.
  • Non-touch: CompactCath's plastic case and hygiene sheath work together to create a sterile environment and provide a non-touch insertion.
  • Improved control: Plastic case with a control handle to hold the catheter in place and prevents it from being coiled back into the case during the process of insertion.
  • Polished eyelets and smooth surface coating: This allows for an easy and comfortable insertion and withdrawal.
  • Flow control funnel: The design of the funnel prevents urine from flowing until the user is ready to drain, providing full control.
  • Currently available in 12 French and 14 French sizes.
  • Sterile, single-use.

Learn more about CompactCath with the below video:



How Do I Use the CompactCath Intermittent Catheter?

countdown how to cath step 1Prepare by washing your hands, using a disinfecting wipe, and/or putting on gloves for additional protection. 


countdown how to cath step 2Peel open the pouch and remove the catheter. No need to pinch the body of the case, because this restricts the free movement of the wheel and can prevent the catheter from pulling out. Hold it by the rim.

countdown how to cath step 3Advance the catheter tube out by pressing down on the handle and gliding the sheath out until the catheter reaches your bladder. 


countdown how to cath step  4Once your bladder is empty, aim the catheter in the desired receptacle and unplug the funnel by pushing it outwards to drain. 


how to cath step 5After catheterizing, simply coil the catheter back inside the case and dispose of it discreetly and hygienically. how to catheterize booklets and dvd


For more information about the process of catheterization, you can visit www.howtocath.com, which offers instructions for men, women, and children in all options for straight, hydrophilic, and closed systems.

Also, you can contact us at 180 Medical where one of our friendly, trained specialists can walk you through the process of catheterization and send you samples of the CompactCath to try out. We also offer one-of-a-kind instructional materials that can be sent to you with your order, including printed color brochures and a DVD. 

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

Just contact us to speak to one of our trained, friendly specialists. We'll be glad to help find the right intermittent 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. 

Disclaimer:
 Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of how to self-cath using the unique design of the CompactCath. However, it should not be used in place of the recommendations for how you should catheterize based on your personal anatomy and needs. For personal instructions, visit, call, or consult with your prescribing physician or other professional healthcare provider.



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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 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.

Three Things to Know About Life After an Ostomy

by Jessica May 24 2017 06:12
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At 180 Medical, we understand that you might have some apprehension about what your life will be like after you have an ostomy procedure. You may find you have to make some adjustments, based on your doctor's recommendations, and getting used to have an ostomy may take some time. But will your day-to-day life be completely different? Let's take a moment to break down the three main things you'll want to know if you're concerned about an upcoming ostomy surgery.

What Is an Ostomy?

An ostomy is a surgically-created opening in the abdomen that allows waste to leave your body. There are several types of ostomies depending on the affected area. We specialize in these three main types:

  • Colostomy: An artificial opening from the colon to divert the flow of formed stool
  • Ileostomy: An artificial opening from the small intestine to divert the flow of loose stool
  • Urostomy: An artificial opening from the urinary system to divert the flow of urine
You may be getting an ostomy procedure due to any number of issues, such as cancer of the colon or bladder, IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), severe diverticulitis, a physical trauma or accident, and many other issues. Your situation with having an ostomy can be temporary or permanent, depending on the condition, but that will be for your healthcare practitioner to determine.

Having an ostomy is not at all uncommon, and although it may seem like you're going through this alone, you are among thousands who live as ostomates all over the world. In fact, in the United States alone, it's estimated that as many as 750,000 people have an ostomy.

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Will Others Be Able to Tell That I Have an Ostomy?

Although having an ostomy is nothing to be ashamed of, we understand that it may feel embarrassing or uncomfortable at first as you adjust to your new life as an ostomate. But with the proper supplies that fit you well, no one will be able to see that you have an ostomy. It's completely up to you how, when, and if you tell others about your surgery, but there are plenty of supplies and accessories, including clothing options, that can help you feel clean and secure, no matter whether you're in public, at home, being active or even swimming.

Many of the pouches we carry feature charcoal filters to release any gas without build-up or odor. These also often have comfortable cloth-like panels which are specifically designed to stay quiet and discreet beneath your clothes. Depending on what type of ostomy you have, your doctor may have recommendations for the best type of system for your needs, and our Ostomy Specialists can also work with you to discover what may best suit your needs and preferences.


Will I Be Able to Lead a Normal Life After an Ostomy?

swimming with an ostomyYou can absolutely lead a normal life after having an ostomy procedure. There will, of course, be an adjustment period as your body heals post-surgery. Learning how to apply and remove your pouching system can also take a little time to figure out exactly works best for you, based on the recommendations and schedule as given by your doctor, but before you know it, you'll be a pro. 

As far as other adjustments to your lifestyle, such as your diet, that will be an individual recommendation from your doctor, since each body is unique. You may find that certain foods affect your digestive system differently, or your doctor may have some tips on the type and amounts of fluids to drink as well. For the most part, you can probably resume your normal diet once you're given the okay from your doctor.

Many people who live a more active lifestyle wonder if they'll be able to stay active after their ostomy procedure. This, again, will be on a case-by-case basis, and your doctor will be able to discuss this with you in more detail, but typically, you can get back to your exercise routine or favorite activities when and if your doctor approves. It's possible you may be advised to stay away from full-contact or rough sports, but you should be able to run, swim, and even lift weights once you're healed after an ostomy. If you have any questions, please consult your doctor. 

Also, once your doctor gives you the okay, you can go back to work or school after healing from your ostomy procedure. If you work a manual labor job, you may have to make some adjustments or speak with your employer about changing your tasks. For many people, getting back to their normal daily routine or work schedule is a great step to feeling more confident and assured that life will not be so different with an ostomy, after all. 


Do you need ostomy supplies? We're here to help!
At 180 Medical, we have a variety of ostomy products, including barriers, pouches, and other accessories to ensure you have everything you need. Contact us to speak with a trained Ostomy Specialist who is ready to lend you a compassionate ear and help you find the right ostomy supplies for you.

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Confirmations Department Employee Spotlight: Meet Jacob

by Jessica May 18 2017 06:27
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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 7th year in 2016. 

We're happy to feature Jacob from our Confirmations Department in this month's employee spotlight. 


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Jacob, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was in the military for 4 years, mainly stationed out of Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. I was a (68W) combat medic. In my spare time, I love to go fishing and camping, and one of my favorite hobbies is to watch and play sports. I was born and raised in Oklahoma, and I have to watch the Oklahoma Sooners play every year. Some day, I'd like to start my own business.

What are some of your main duties as a Confirmations Specialist?
My day revolves around confirming regular orders for our customers to make sure they receive their much-needed supplies in the amounts and quantities they need. We call about 7 to 10 days before their regularly scheduled order just to make sure they are ready. This is done to make sure we follow and meet insurance requirements, and it also ensures that our customers get the right amount for their needs every time. 

jacob 180 medical employeeWhat's one of your favorite memories at 180 Medical so far?
My favorite memory here was the first time I saw an example of just how much of a positive impact we have the opportunity to make in people's lives here. Close to the time I started working here, I spoke with a customer who was going through a really difficult time, and together, we looked at a few different options on his account that helped to alleviate some of his burdens. About a month or so later, I heard that he had called back in to let us know how much he appreciated everything that I did for him. That's when I realized that we really do make a difference every day we come in to work, and that's a priceless feeling.

If you knew someone who was considering applying for a job at 180 Medical, what advice would you give them?
Do it! You won't regret it. 180 Medical really is a great place to work. There is so much opportunity for growth and development. It's very hard to become complacent because you learn something new every day, and everyone around you wants to see you succeed. We are a team, and it takes effort from everyone on our team to complete our mission.

Do you have a favorite quote that keeps you inspired?
"The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience, but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges." - Martin Luther King, Jr.  


Thank you, Jacob, and all of our awesome employees in the Confirmations Department. We appreciate the effort and compassion that you display every day in your work and handling our customers like our own family members. You truly do make a difference!



Are you interested in becoming a part of the 180 Medical family? We're hiring! Check out our available positions and apply today.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 7 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.

Bladder Cancer Symptoms and Risk Factors

by Jessica May 15 2017 11:42
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May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, and during this time, we believe that it's important to raise awareness about this disease, its potential risk factors, and its symptoms so you can be informed to be able to make the best decisions for your health.

How Do Irritants Increase the Risk of Bladder Cancer?

Bladder irritation may potentially increase the risk of bladder cancer, which could be caused by various issues such as bladder stones, frequent UTIs (urinary tract infections), smoking cigarettes, and even the use of indwelling catheters. In addition to that, you could be more likely to suffer from bladder cancer if you're older or a male.

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer in Men and Women

bladder cancer factsSince those who use catheters and have spinal cord injuries may be more susceptible to bladder cancer, it's important to know and be able to identify the symptoms of bladder cancer. Symptoms can range in severity and type based on the stage of cancer and whether or not the cancer has spread. However, here are five common symptoms of bladder cancer to be aware of:

  • Blood in urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful urination

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's important to make your urologist or other healthcare provider aware, although these could be caused by a variety of different conditions. This is why it's so important to have consistent, open communication with your healthcare provider and to make sure they know about any new symptoms you experience so you can be properly evaluated.

In addition to that, remember to use your intermittent catheters in accordance with the sterile guidelines to reduce your risk of infection and follow your doctor's instructions on how and when to cath. 

After Bladder Cancer

If caught early, bladder cancer can be treatable and, depending on the stage, can be survived. Some with bladder cancer may have their bladders removed as part of their treatment to make sure the cancer does not spread farther, but there are options available to keep you independent and healthy, such as urostomy surgery or catheterizing with a neobladder.

If you're seeking a reliable catheter or ostomy supply provider, 180 Medical offers intermittent catheters along with urostomy pouches, wafers, barriers, adhesive removers, belts, and plenty of other high-quality accessories. Feel free to contact our friendly, trained Product Specialists, who will be glad to work with you to find the right supplies for your needs. 


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180 Medical Takes Part in the 2017 OKASA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica May 11 2017 06:20
We recently got to participate for the 9th year in the annual OU Physicians Games Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, which is one of our favorite annual events to attend and support. The event supports the Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association (OKASA) and raises funds for disabled athletes. During this great event, teams of doctors from OU Medical Center as well as a team from 180 Medical play wheelchair basketball and take on the awesome Oklahoma Blaze. 

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During the event, there's a lot of fun to be had, even outside of the basketball games, like face painting, carnival games, popcorn and other tasty treats, and a silent auction to benefit OKASA. On top of that, the OKC Thunder Drummers came out again this year to entertain the crowd, and the children's cheerleader group, Inspiring Attitudes, performed dance routines between games, too. The annual wheelchair basketball tournament is a blast for all our employees to come watch and cheer on the Blaze and all the other great teams, including our own.

"It's so incredibly important to us to support the doctors and providers and patients that we work with, and we love the event. We're just so happy to be a part of it," says Michael Pampalone, one of 180 Medical's Urologic Territory Specialists.
 
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The Blaze is still just too good for us to beat! We didn't even score a basket this year, but our team had a great time as always, and we're honored to be able to be a part of this important and fun annual event!



About OKASA: The Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association is an organization that supports recreational and athletic activities for adults and children with disabilities. These events include such sports as wheelchair basketball, track and field, swimming, table tennis, and competitive weight-lifting. The organization promotes health and fitness and teaches lifelong skills such as team effort, good sportsmanship, setting goals, commitment, and responsibility. You can also connect with them on Facebook or Twitter


About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 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. In her free time, she loves writing, making art, and hanging with her dogs and loved ones.

180 Medical Participates in 2017 MS Society Walk MS Event in Oklahoma City

by Jessica April 26 2017 07:05
At 180 Medical, we like to do all we can to support important causes and participate in charitable events when we can in the community. This year makes it our sixth year to participate. The National MS Society's Walk MS event is always a great time for us to get together with our fellow co-workers, connect with others, and do our part to raise funds for the MS Society and take steps to end Multiple Sclerosis for good. MS affects more than 2.3 million people across the world, and as of today, there is still no cure, but every day gets us closer, and every dollar raised means a great deal to those who are living with Multiple Sclerosis.

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This year's Central Oklahoma Walk MS was held at the Myriad Botanical Gardens on April 22nd, 2017. Everyone who came out had a blast, and as always, many of us brought our families and our dogs for the morning out. We also loved getting to meet people who came by our 180 Medical table. A local group of high school marching band drummers came out to lead everyone when the walk began at 10 a.m., and the path led us around some beautiful sights and building around downtown Oklahoma City. 



Just as it is for us every year, we had a wonderful time supporting a wonderful cause, and we look forward to the future Walk MS events.



About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 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. In her free time, she loves writing, making art, and hanging with her dogs and loved ones.

WOC Nurse Week 2017

by Jessica April 21 2017 02:48
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Nurses across the country are such a crucial part of healthcare, but this week in particular (April 16-22, 2017) is dedicated to the nurses that specialize in the field of wound, ostomy (urostomy, colostomy, & ileostomy) and continence care (such as bowel or bladder incontinence). At 180 Medical, we feel honored to be able to work with certified nurses in better assisting our ostomy patients with their diverse, individual needs, whether they're dealing with skin irritation around their stoma, leakage issues, or something else that requires the medical advice of a trained professional.
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If your life has been touched by a WOC (Wound, Ostomy, & Continence) nurse, whether due to issues with pressure sores and other difficult-to-heal wounds, bowel or urinary incontinence, or ostomy issues, you know you have a compassionate advocate on your side who can offer your educational information, personalized care, and more. Although there are thousands of certified WOC nurses across the country, we appreciate every single one, because we see firsthand how much they affect the lives of the patients they advise and treat. 

One of our Ostomy Specialists, Cait, had this to say about the special relationship 180 Medical has with WOC Nurses: "When talking to our new ostomy customers, who may often feel frustrated by their situation, it's wonderful to be able to reassure them that not only are we here to help them, but we also have a connection to a team of certified WOC Nurses they can talk to, free of charge! The fact that we work with WOCNs so closely allows us to raise the level of service we can provide, & we love that opportunity to be able to make sure our customers get the best care possible."




We're glad to use this week to spread awareness about the great significance of WOC Nurses and both recognize and honor what they do every day to help their patients. Their great compassion and dedication to their work is inspiring.

More information about WOC Nurses can be found at www.wocn.org.

If you have an ostomy and are seeking a reliable provider for your ileostomy, urostomy, or colostomy supplies, 180 Medical can help you. We also provide intermittent catheter supplies, and our helpful Specialists can assist in finding the right products for your individual needs and then ship them right to your doorstep to lighten your burden and make the transition to living with an ostomy a little easier. Just give us a call at 1-877-688-2729.

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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 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. In her free time, she loves writing, making art, and hanging with her dogs and loved ones.