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Top 10 Reasons to Work at 180 Medical

by Jessica April 18 2017 07:40
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Are you seeking a career where your hard work and compassionate heart will be valued? Are you looking for a job where you can work alongside other positive, friendly people who want to make a difference? You might be a great fit for 180 Medical! 

Here are our top 10 reasons to apply for a job at 180 Medical!

reasons to work at 180 Medical 1Casual Wear Monday through Friday180 medical employee testimonial
How many workplaces do you know of that allows their employees to wear jeans and t-shirts to work? Not many! It may seem like a small thing, but many of our employees love that we don't have to put on business suits or high heels every day, and that the focus of our company is based more in the value of the work you put in every day!

reasons to work at 180 Medical 2Goal-Driven Incentives
Each week, we set a goal for ourselves that allows us to focus on our customers' satisfaction and health. If we meet those goals, we may have a fun snack or tasty treat catered in! Based on your position and how much you're willing to go above and beyond every day, you could also be eligible for other incentives, such as quarterly awards, bonuses, and gift cards.

reasons to work at 180 Medical 3A Competitive Employee Benefits Package
180 Medical offers a full benefits package, including health/medical insurance, dental insurance, and life insurance along with an opportunity to invest in a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous company match, as well as options for a vision plan and short and long-term disability. Paid time off and sick leave is also included in your benefits package.

reasons to work at 180 Medical 4Positively Affecting Others' Lives Daily
At 180 Medical, we have the unique opportunity to turn our customers' lives around with personal, friendly service. It's not uncommon for the customers we speak with on a daily basis to be going through a difficult personal time, and it's wonderful to be able to have a chance to lighten their load a little by offering them a listening ear and medical supplies that are necessary for their health. 

reasons to work at 180 Medical 5The Opportunity to Give Back to the Local Community
We're not only blessed with the chance to help our customers, we also have regular opportunities that allow you to participate in charitable events to help give back. There are annual events that we make it a point to attend locally, such as the National MS Society's Central Oklahoma Walk MS event, the Endeavor Games, OU Medicine's Corporate Challenge, and OKASA's annual wheelchair basketball tournament. But there are options for participation for all of our employees nationwide, wherever they live. There are opportunities to connect with others at charitable events like the Spina Bifida Association's Walk-N-Rolls or Bowl-a-thons, runs for Prostate Cancer, volunteering at food banks or helping with Habitat for Humanity, and we also offer an annual option around Christmas to purchase gifts for children in need. 

reasons to work at 180 Medical 6Company Events Keep It Fun Year-Round
It seems like there's always something new happening at 180 Medical, whether that's an opportunity to participate in local charitable community events (as above), holiday happenings, or fun contests. Just a few of the things we look forward to each year include: our annual chili and salsa cook-off, our company Christmas party, Halloween costume contests, bowling night, Thunder Up decorating competition celebrating Oklahoma City's local NBA team, and regular holiday potlucks and snack days.

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reasons to work at 180 Medical 7The Chance for Learning and Growth Within the Company
What we do at 180 Medical is important, and not only will your position give you a sense of purpose, you will also have an opportunity to enrich your experience. You'll get on-the-job training, chances to shadow other job positions to learn what they do on a daily basis, as well as ongoing learning so that you can stay up-to-date and well-versed on the latest products that could help our customers. 

reasons to work at 180 Medical 8Working at 180 Medical Means Being a Part of Our Family
At 180 Medical, our hardworking recruiters make it a point to hire team players who have a heart for helping others, a friendly and positive attitude, and a great work ethic. So when you come to work at 180 Medical, you know you're working180 medical customer specialist alongside others who are ready to make your day a little better! 

reasons to work at 180 Medical 9Our Employee Satisfaction Ratings Are Consistently High
2016 was our 7th year to be once again selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma by okcbiz Magazine. This is awarded by the Best Companies Group based on a workplace's business practices, company philosophy, and demographics as well as an in-depth survey where employees have an opportunity to anonymously share their feedback of what it's like in their workplace in their own experience. We're honored to continue to be ranked among the top employers in the state by our employees, and we think that says a lot about 180 Medical and our positive culture, which is based on what we call "The 180 Way." The 180 Way consists of five main principles that we believe in: being Specialists in what we do, offering Compassion to others, maintaining our Integrity by always doing what's right, offering Education to both our employees and our customers so they can be better informed about the products they use, and providing superior Service.

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reasons to work at 180 medical 10reasons to work at 180 medical 10 2Do What You Love - Love What You Do
At 180 Medical, we're not just about business, although we do work hard to take care of each of our customers. We also want our employees to come to their jobs knowing they're going to have a good time around friendly people, fit into a position that works best with their particular talents and skill-sets, and get to connect with people who need our help in getting the right supplies for their needs.

If you think you might be ready for a job that offers you all of the above and gives you the chance to say, "I really do love what I do," consider applying for one of the open positions on our Careers page today!

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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.

180 Medical Product News: SpeediCath® Flex Coudé Catheter

by Jessica April 13 2017 05:46
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We love to keep you informed on the new catheter and ostomy products on the market, so you're fully aware of all the latest supply options that might fit your needs. In this post, you can find out more about a new and easy-to-use intermittent catheter product from Coloplast, the SpeediCath® Flex Coudé Catheter.


What are some key features to know about the SpeediCath® Flex Coudé Catheter?

The SpeediCath® Flex is a newly released catheter that offers an all-in-one, discreet, and convenient way to self-cath. With an ultra flexible insertion tip, you can easily guide the catheter through the urethra and into the bladder more comfortably, and the dry sleeve surrounding the tube itself allows you to catheterize without ever touching the catheter, offering you a more hygienic and sterile cathing experience. When you're done, simply lock the ends back together for a clean and discreet way to dispose of the catheter. 

Here are some of the main product features:

  • Male length (14 inches)
  • Soft-squeeze grip
  • Dry sleeve for no-touch insertion
  • Hydrophilic coating for a smooth, friction-free insertion
  • Flexible, soft insertion tip
  • Packaging that is easy to open and close back for tidy disposal
  • PVC-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • Sterile, single-use


Source: Coloplast

How do I use the SpeediCath® Flex Catheter?

countdown how to cath step 1Wash your hands and gather any accessories you may need, such as disinfecting wipes or gloves, then remove the cover label from the adhesive area on the catheter package, so you can attach it to a clean surface within your reach when you're ready to open and use it.


countdown how to cath step 2Prepare by using a disinfecting wipes, putting on gloves, or laying down a drape on your lap for additional protection, if you prefer.



countdown how to cath step 3Open the packaging by using the circular ring to pull the package covering out and then down until you see the gray dots indicating the tear stop.



countdown how to cath step  4Open the catheter by twisting the lock. Be sure to hold both sizes of the catheter up so that none of the liquid inside, which helps lubricate the catheter, will escape or drip out. If you use a collection bag for your urine, you can easily connect the catheter to it. Don't let the flexible tip touch anything before you insert it into your urethra to make sure the entire process stays as sterile as possible.


how to cath step 5After catheterizing, simply put the ends back together and twist the lock to seal the catheter. You can put it back inside the collection bag and close it to dispose of it hygienically and without mess.


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 from straight, hydrophilic, and closed systems.

Disclaimer: Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of how to self-cath. 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.

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 Flex 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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Which Coloplast products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical is proud to carry a wide variety of Coloplast catheter products, including their Compact catheters, straight catheters, coudé catheters, hydrophilic catheters, closed system catheters, and more. 

We also provide catheters from all of the major brands available on the market today.

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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. 



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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.

Billing Department Employee Spotlight: Meet Crystal

by Jessica March 31 2017 09:39
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180 Medical is a national supplier of ostomy product, intermittent catheters, and related medical supplies, and 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. We offer a competitive benefits package, extensive training, and many fun extras and perks. 180 Medical was also named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for the 7th year in 2016. 

We're happy to feature Crystal from our Billing Department in this month's employee spotlight. Crystal is a Billing Team Lead and has been a member of the 180 Medical family for eight years as of this month! Take some time to learn a little more about Crystal and some of what she does as part of her job here at 180 Medical.


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Crystal, we're excited to feature you on the blog this month since it's your 8 year anniversary with 180 Medical! How do you feel your time here has helped you in your professional development?

All of my supervisors have always been very helpful, and they have offered training and proper career development needed to perform my job well and prepare for advancement within the company. Management here are very encouraging about taking on new tasks and stepping out of your comfort zone to accomplish success. 


If you knew someone who was considering applying for a job at 180 Medical, what advice would you give them?
I would tell them this will be the best job they have ever had! 180 Medical has a fun and friendly environment, and I feel like they really care about their employees. You get to work alongside great people, and there are great benefits too! 


What’s a fact about you that people might be surprised to know?
Most people are surprised at a couple of jobs I had when I was younger. I was probably one of the youngest lunch ladies ever! When I was 21, I worked in the OKC Public Schools Cafeteria, and I was also a mail carrier for a couple of years in my early 20s.


crystal 180 medical billing employee testimonial quoteWhat’s an average day in the life for you in your position? What are some of your main responsibilities?
As a Billing Team Lead, I am responsible for helping answer questions that employees in my department may have, and I also help to resolve any issues with claims processing, I keep our billing manual up-to-date so that we always have the most current insurance requirements and guidelines in place to follow, and in addition, I provide training sessions to help the billing specialists keep up with changes with various insurance plans and department processes. My specialty is more on the various state Medicaid plans, and this sometimes requires a lot of research since Medicaid plans are sometimes very complex and detailed, but that's great because I really enjoy doing research! 


What's something you really enjoy about working at 180 Medical?
Among all the great perks, I really love going to our quarterly meetings. They are always entertaining and full of laughs, and it's also great to see people get rewarded for their hard work throughout each quarter. 180 Medical encourages employees to take the time to focus on our customers and give extra effort, and I appreciate that. To me, having the freedom to go above and beyond to help people who need us is a great feeling!


How do you like to spend your time outside of work? 
I am pretty laid-back and simple, so the thing I enjoy most is just spending time with my wonderful family. I have 8 great nieces and nephews and 1 grand-baby that I love getting to spoil. 


Do you have a favorite quote that keeps you inspired?

"The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination" - Maya Angelou  


Thanks to Crystal and all of our awesome employees in the Billing Department. We appreciate all of the work and care you put in every day at work, and your contributions are so important to 180 Medical. 

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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.

The Importance of Seeing a Urologist

by billf March 22 2017 07:12
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 My name is Bill, and I have worked for 180 Medical for over 10 years. bill f 180 medicalAbout 26 years ago, I was involved in a motocross accident that rendered me quadriplegic. You can learn more about my story here. Over the years since then, I've been able to use my experiences to help and counsel others who are also dealing with life after a spinal cord injury. I am happiest when I am helping others, and these days at 180 Medical, I spend a lot of time talking to our customers on the phone who are new to self-catheterizing.

There are a lot of people who use intermittent catheters and mainly rely on their general practitioner for their checkups and healthcare needs. While this is perfectly fine, it may be a good idea to see a urologist annually for a more thorough checkup. Since urologists specialize in conditions relating to the entire urinary system as well as the male reproductive organs, they may be able to better pinpoint issues that your general practitioner might not catch.

What to Expect at an Annual Exam with a Urologist

Seeing a urologist may seem intimidating at first, but generally, an annual exam is fairly simple and could be potentially life-saving, depending on what symptoms you may be experiencing. There are various procedures that your urologist may use to check for any abnormalities or potential issues, including growths, infections, or stones.

Some tests or examinations that you may be able to expect, depending upon what the doctor thinks is necessary for your individual situation, may include:

  • A physical exam
  • A urine specimen
  • A cystoscopy (where the lower urinary tract is examined with a mini camera) 
  • Imaging studies (ultrasound or x-ray, most typically) 
  • Urodynamics
  • A tissue biopsy

Bladder Cancer and Other Factors to Consider

An annual exam is a wise idea for anyone using catheter supplies, but it's also important to see your doctor if there are any unusual or out-of-the-ordinary symptoms as soon as possible. Waiting on treating something as small as urinary tract infection may lead to the condition becoming a more serious issue.

Bladder irritation may increase the risk of bladder cancer, and this can be from various issues such as repeated UTIs (urinary tract infections) or bladder infections, use of a foley catheter, and bladder stones. There are higher rates of bladder cancer among tobacco users, so if you smoke or vape, this is also a great reason to get a regular check-up.

Additionally, if you are living with a neurogenic bladder or a SCI (spinal cord injury), you may want to consider the importance of checking for bladder cancer regularly too. The risk for this disease for those with SCIs is about "15 times higher than that of the general population" (New Mobility).

Since bladder cancer does not always have obvious symptoms, especially in the beginning stages, it's incredibly important to have a specialist like a urologist look over your bladder and urinary system in its entirety regularly so that any potential issues can be caught early.

Year-Round Maintenance of Your Urinary System's Health

As always, the best thing you can do for your bladder, kidneys, and the rest of your urinary system is to follow your healthcare professional's recommendations.

This may include such advice as:

  • Take any medications you have been prescribed as directed
  • Keep properly hydrated according to your individual needs
  • Continue regular check-ups with your urologist, especially in the case of any unusual or out-of-the-ordinary symptoms
  • Always use good hygiene when using intermittent catheters, such as practicing sterile use versus washing and reusing, washing your hands well, and using disinfecting wipes or swabs
  • Catheterize according to the schedule laid out by your doctor, which is typically going to be often enough to keep the urine volume inside your bladder under 10 ounces
  • Use adequate sterile, water-soluble lubrication when cathing to avoid make catheterization more comfortable
  • Consider using a hydrophilic catheter to further reduce irritation to the urethra and bladder, or a catheter with a gripper or sleeve to avoid touching the catheter directly, which can reduce the risk of infection

At 180 Medical, we not only provide top-quality intermittent catheter supplies; we also offer helpful, educational material whenever possible to make sure you have all the information you need, including instructions on how to self-cath. For more information about catheters that could be right for your needs, feel free to contact us. If you have any questions or seek medical advice, please be sure to consult with your healthcare professional. 

Disclaimer: Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of bladder health and the importance of seeing a doctor. It should not be used in place of a visit, call, or consultation with a physician or other professional healthcare provider.

References: 
'Surprising Link': Smoking and Bladder Cancer
What You Need to Know About Bladder Cancer and SCI

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Bill has worked for 180 Medical for over 10 years. He loves getting to talk to our customers, sharing his first-hand experiences as a quadriplegic, and helping those with in-depth questions about self-catheterization. He enjoys spending time outdoors, as well as watching and attending motocross events. Learn more about Bill's story.

Four Things You Should Know About Diverticulitis

by Jessica March 15 2017 10:31
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If you are a UFC fan, you might remember a few years back how Brock Lesnar had to withdraw from the sport because of complications from a disease called diverticulitis. Although Lesnar did get better and is currently performing in the WWE, he was on the sidelines for a while. During that time, he lost a lot of weight and strength, and he had surgery to remove a foot of his colon. 

Diverticulitis often affects older individuals, but not always. There are various treatment options available, depending on the severity of the condition and health of the patient.

Here are several other things to know about diverticulitis:

What is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a sometimes painful condition that features the presence of small pouches or sacs in the colon called diverticula. Diverticula form on weak spots along the wall of the colon, although they can form on other parts of the body as well. This is called diverticulosis, and most people who have this condition experience no symptoms. Diverticulosis can be relatively harmless, unless the diverticula become infected or break open. This then becomes diverticulitis. 

What Causes Diverticulitis?

It's not currently known why diverticula can become inflamed for sure, but we do know that diverticula often form due to a low-fiber, red-meat-heavy diet. A low-fiber diet causes constipation, which forces an individual to strain when emptying their bowels. In Lesnar's case, painkillers from his days as a wrestler and fighter may have also been a factor, as those can cause constipation as well.

What Are the Symptoms?

It depends on the severity of the condition. In its most mild form, diverticulitis may cause no symptoms. In the most extreme cases, it can be quite painful and require surgery.

Symptoms may include:
  • Pain, usually in the lower left side of the abdomen
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Constipation
  • Cramping

Are There Treatments Available for Diverticulitis? 

high fiber diet for diverticulitisDiverticulitis can be treated, but it depends on the severity of the condition and how long the symptoms have been present. Treatment usually includes eliminating certain foods and adding more fiber to one's diet.

Occasionally, a patient may be asked to go on a liquid diet for a few days. Medications may also be a part of the t, usually to a high-fiber diet and medications such as anti-inflammation drugs and/or antibiotics.

A patient may also be asked to go on a liquid diet for a few days. If it becomes severe enough, one may have to undergo surgery to remove the affected part of the colon. In its worst cases, diverticulitis may require an ostomy surgery. 

There's no question that diverticulitis can be life-changing, but it is possible to live a normal life with a few modifications. 

If you have had an ostomy procedure as part of your diverticulitis treatment, our Ostomy Specialists are ready to help you find the products you need to make the transition easier. In addition to ostomy supplies, 180 Medical is proud to offer affordable catheter supplies and products too. Contact us today at 1-877-688-2729.


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All About Confirmation Calls

by Tina March 13 2017 09:08
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What Is a Confirmation Call?

Most insurance companies require medical supply providers to contact customers before their next orders are shipped out. 180 Medical makes this a convenient and easy process for our customers -- no need for you to have to remember to call in and ask when you're ready for more. 

Typically, we make a confirmation call about 7 to 10 days before your regularly scheduled order is set to ship from our warehouse to allow us plenty of time to reach a customer. This is all done to ensure that we follow and meet all insurance requirements, as well as making sure that our customers have the right amount of supplies. We don't want you to run out of your necessary medical supplies, but we also don't want to ship more than you need so you don't build up too much of an overstock.

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What Information is Needed?

During the call, we typically need a few bits of information on record, as required by one's insurance guidelines. Usually, these are the basic questions, although this will vary depending upon one's insurance requirements:

  • Are you ready for your next regularly scheduled order?
  • How many supplies (catheters, lubricant packets, other urological supply accessories, ostomy pouches and accessories, etc.) do you have left on hand from your last orders?
  • If you have Medicare or a Medicare replacement policy, you may also be asked if you have a Home Health nurse or physical therapist coming to your home, just to ensure there are no billing conflicts.

Frequently Asked Questions about Confirmation Calls

Q: What other options do I have if I prefer not to receive phone calls?
A: We also have an email confirmation option to confirm your regular orders. If this would be preferable, please let us know so that we can adjust your account accordingly.
 
Q: What happens if 180 Medical cannot reach me to confirm my order?
A: We will make several attempts to confirm your order via phone, email (if an email address has been provided), and even mail a letter if we are unable to reach you. Unfortunately, if we are not able to confirm your order, we are not able to ship your supplies out. This is why it is always important to keep us updated on changes of address, phone number, or any extended travel plans. 

Q: Why do you need to know if I am receiving Home Health?

A: For those who have Medicare or a Medicare replacement policy, we ask this information to make sure there will be no billing conflicts so that your insurance does not get over-billed. If your home health agency bills through Medicare, they are required to supply your catheters or other necessary medical supplies until their services end. Once their services have completed, they must send a discharge summary to us. From there, we can resume supplying.

Q: My order requirements do not vary from month to month. Can I just sign a paper to tell you to ship these every month?
We understand regular confirmation of your supplies may seem unnecessary, but we do this to follow insurance guidelines to the letter. For supplies of this type which are provided on a recurring basis, billing must be based on prospective rather than retrospective use, so we must contact you prior to refilling your order and not automatically ship on a pre-determined agreement, even if you authorize it.

If you have any other questions, concerns, or changes to make to your account, contact our team of friendly Confirmation Specialists at 1-877-688-2729. 

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About the Author:


Tina has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years. Her current job title is Confirmation Specialist, Level III. She loves helping others and making people laugh.  

 

180 Medical Product News: GentleCath Glide

by Jessica March 7 2017 09:15
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Interested in keeping up with the latest catheter and ostomy products available on the market? 180 Medical is always ready to share the details on new products with you, and today, we'd like to introduce you to the GentleCath™ Glide.

What are some key features to know about the GentleCath™ Glide?

gentlecath glide hydrophilic catheterThe Glide is a recently launched low-friction hydrophilic catheter with options for both men and women that was specifically designed with FeelClean™ technology to reduce the mess left behind by lubrication after cathing. It's a fast and easy option for those who want a comfortable, super-smooth catheterization experience from start to finish. Simply break the included water sachet to coat the catheter and activate the low-friction hydrophilic surface, and it's ready to go with no additional waiting time. The No-Touch sleeve helps make insertion more simple and lessens the risk of contamination from your hands, which may also reduce the risk of infection. 

Here are some of the main product features:
  • Manufactured without DEHP or latex
  • No-Touch handling sleeve to minimize risk of infection
  • Water sachet included for activation
  • FeelClean™ technology reduces mess
  • Hydrophilic surface
  • Available in both male length (16 inches) and female length (6 inches)

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How do I use the GentleCath™ Glide?

ConvaTec offers a helpful online video guide which you can easily personalize for yourself and your individual needs in less than 30 seconds, including choosing instructions for adults, children, or parent/caregiver, as well as options between male, female, and whether you are a wheelchair-user or not. Once you have selected the options that fit your situation best, a personalized video will be ready for you to watch, offering step-by-step instructions for this easy-to-use hydrophilic catheter. Personalize your GentleCath™ Glide instructional video here.

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Once you have prepared for catheterization by washing your hands, or putting on gloves and using a disinfecting swab or wipe on the area of your urethra, lay out the Glide in front of you. Make sure the included sterile water sachet is near the funnel end of the catheter, and break the sachet by pressing on the blue guide dot. You'll want to let the water coat the entirety of the tube from end to tip to activate the hydrophilic properties, and it's ready to use! Just open the pack by peeling apart the easy-open tabs and handle the catheter by the funnel and the included blue No-Touch sleeve to avoid contaminating the catheter with your hands, and you're ready to insert the catheter. glide catheter user testimonial 2

For step-by-step information about how to catheterize, you can visit www.howtocath.com, which offers instructions for men, women, and children in all options from straight, hydrophilic, and closed systems.

Feel free to contact us at 180 Medical, as well. One of our friendly, trained specialists will listen to your needs and individual preferences and walk you through the process of catheterization. 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. 


Which GentleCath™ products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical is proud to carry the full catheter product line from GentleCath™, including straight catheters, coude catheters, hydrophilic catheters, closed system catheters, and more. 

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

Just contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry form, connecting to us via Live Chat, or giving us a call at 1-877-688-2729 to speak to one of our trained, friendly specialists. We are happy to find the right catheter for your needs, and we can 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 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.
 

180 Medical Supports MS Awareness Month

by Jessica March 3 2017 09:00

Each year, the beginning of March is the start of National MS Education and Awareness Month. At 180 Medical, we like to make sure to do what we can to raise awareness about this condition and support the millions who are affected by MS all across the world, including many of our customers, who depend on us for their catheter supplies. Take some time to learn a little bit more about MS and find out what you can do to help raise awareness this month. 

What is MS & Who is Affected?

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) is an "unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body." (Source: National MS Society)

This can affect one's optic nerves, spinal cord, brain, and nerves of the body in general, and the condition seems to attack the myelin sheath, the fatty protective material surrounding nerve axons that transmits impulses through the body).  


Since over 2,500,000 people around the world live with MS, there's a chance that someone you personally know is currently living with MS. 

What are the symptoms of MS?

MS can present itself in a multitude of different ways in the body, so the symptoms are not the same for every single person living with this condition.

Early warning signs of MS may include:
  • Vision changes
  • Cognitive issues
  • Sudden lack of coordination or difficulty walking
  • Loss of balance
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Sudden or gradual weakness in your limbs 
If you suspect you may have Multiple Sclerosis, see your doctor as soon as possible to begin the process of diagnosis, as some of these symptoms are attributable to other conditions. The first diagnosis usually occurs when one is between twenty to forty years old, but symptoms can appear earlier or later in life.

Other MS symptoms one may experience include: 
  • Fatigue
  • Coordination and balance issues
  • Dizziness
  • Pain
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Cognitive dysfunction, mental fogginess
  • Tremors
  • Depression
  • For a more comprehensive list, visit National MS Society's MS symptoms page.

Getting Involved in Raising Awareness About MS

A great way to connect with others and share information in order to help people understand more about this condition is through social media, so if you have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or another social media account, consider using it to help raise awareness. 

One of the fun happenings that we here at 180 Medical love to participate in is the annual National MS Society Walk MS event with the local Central Oklahoma chapter. Find a walk near you, sign up, and even a group of friends or family together to have a great time while taking steps to find a cure.

Some other fun ideas might be having a day during March for you and your co-workers, fellow students, or family to wear orange as a way to promote awareness, or having a fundraiser like a bake sale or car wash to donate to one of the great foundations and organizations that are working toward a cure for Multiple Sclerosis or dedicated to supporting and helping those living with MS. 


Life After an MS Diagnosis

If you or one of your close loved ones have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis by a qualified healthcare professional, please know that life is not over. There are many ways to manage your symptoms, including medication, changing your diet, getting better sleep, and getting regular exercise, all of which may help you feel your best. Support groups and connecting online with others living with MS in forums can be a big help. Sometimes just knowing someone else is living through and dealing with what you are can be a big relief and a way to feel less alone in your diagnosis.

This year, the National MS Society is launching Breakthrough MS, where those living with MS can share their personal stories, what inspires and keeps them going, and what their personal breakthrough with MS has been or one that they hope to achieve in the future. Learn more at wearestrongerthanMS.org.

At 180 Medical, we understand that there are some symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis that can feel embarrassing to discuss, like the inability to control your bladder, whether that's incontinence, bladder retention, or a combination of those symptoms. Talk to your doctor to find the right solution for your individual needs, and if intermittent catheters are recommended or prescribed as a treatment plan, know that when you contact 180 Medical at 1-877-688-2729, you will speak to understanding, professional specialists who are ready to offer you a compassionate, listening ear and set you up on the best catheter supplies for your needs.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 7 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

Questions You Might Have About an Ostomy Procedure

by Jessica February 28 2017 18:42
Have you been recently told by your doctor that you may need to have an ostomy surgery as a treatment for your health condition? It's completely natural and normal to have some concerns and questions before your procedure, whether you will have an ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy.

Here's a helpful infographic that will let you know a little bit more about what exactly an ostomy is, what life will be like after your surgery, and more: 

questions you might have about an ostomy procedure


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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. 

 

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Tips for Managing Urinary Incontinence in the Winter

by Jessica February 23 2017 09:40

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. There are a number of causes, ranging from getting older, childbirth, accidents, nerve damage, and other interrelated conditions. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges as well. An individual may leak urine occasionally or during physical activity only, or there may be no warning at all before a sudden and intense urge to urinate. 

If you are currently living with incontinence, you are certainly not the only one. In fact, it's quite common; people just don't talk as openly or comfortably about it as other conditions. According to the Urinary Care Foundation, a quarter to a third of men and women in the United States has some form of urinary incontinence. When medication or other treatment methods such as surgery are not enough, intermittent catheters may be prescribed to help manage the incontinence. 

older couple in winter As we are now in the winter season, it's important to prepare yourself for the symptoms of urinary incontinence to maintain your day-to-day life.

Here are several things to keep in mind:


Stay Hydrated: It might seem counter-intuitive to drink more liquids to manage urinary incontinence, but hydration is important for managing the urinary system as well as maintaining the health of your entire body. Dehydration can cause thickening of the urine, which may irritate the bladder. You lose water every time you breathe, especially in the cold, dry weather in winter. Even though you may not feel dehydrated, monitor your fluid intake just to be on the safe side. 

Avoid Diuretics: Pay attention to the types of fluid you drink. In winter, you may be more likely to drink tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, which all contain levels of caffeine. Caffeine is a known diuretic, which can irritate the bladder and worsen the symptoms of incontinence.

Empty Your Bladder Before Leaving the House: Symptoms of urinary incontinence often come without warning. Before you leave the house on a day when you know you are going to be gone for a while, use the restroom beforehand to ensure your bladder is empty. This is especially important in winter when extreme weather occurrences are more likely, which may create traffic delays and other issues which might keep you away from a bathroom. 

If you use intermittent catheters to manage urinary incontinence, we have a wide variety of catheters to choose from. Contact us today to learn more about our products, services, and more. 

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