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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


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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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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 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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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.
 

Why Do I Need to Use Coudé Catheters?

by Jessica February 16 2017 02:19
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Have you been recently told you need to use a catheter with a coudé tip? There are a few key reasons why the coudé catheter is often utilized in place of the standard straight tip variety of intermittent male length catheters, and we'll shed some light on that as well as letting you know some of the basic information about a coudé and how this can benefit you, based on your individual needs. 

What is a Coudé Tip Catheter?

A coudé tip catheter is a variety of intermittent or foley catheter (most often available in male length, which is typically about 16 inches on average to accommodate for the length of the male urethra). Instead of the standard straight tip catheter, the insertion tip of the coudé catheter is bent or curved slightly, almost like an elbow. In fact, the French word for elbow is how the coudé catheter got its name.

These are available from most of the major brands on the market today and are manufactured in all of the main catheter materials (vinyl, silicone, and red rubber latex varieties). You can get a coudé tip in most every common catheter type as well, from basic straight intermittent catheters, pediatric sizes, hydrophilic and pre-lubricated catheters, and closed system catheters. 

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When is a Coudé Tip Catheter Necessary?

Coudé catheters are generally only used when a standard straight tip catheter cannot be inserted easily or comfortably. This is due to a few reasons, usually related to a stricture or blockage in the urethra, which is the tube in the body which carries urine from the bladder outside of the body. The curved tip of a coudé catheter is often a better choice to bypassing those problem areas and drain the bladder with far less discomfort. 

A few of the most common factors that contribute to this need:
  • Enlarged prostate (or benign prostatic hyperplasia, almost known as BPH)
  • Prior prostate surgery
  • False passages in the urethra or a stoma
  • Radiation in the pelvic area to treat cancer
  • Those with urinary stricture disease or urethral trauma
The majority of coudé catheter-users are men or occasionally boys, which is why most coudé catheters are male length or pediatric length. However, they can be used for any gender when a straight catheter does not pass, depending upon your individual physiology and needs.

Will My Insurance Cover Coudé Tip Catheters?

Most major insurance companies, including Medicare and many state Medicaid programs, cover coudé catheters, although the amount you can receive per month will likely depend upon your specific policy's coverage. 

Medicare, for instance, will typically cover up to 200 catheters per month (enough to self-cath between 6 and 7 times a day in a 30 day period), as long as there is a doctor's prescription for that amount as well as some supporting documentation offering justification why a coudé tip is necessary rather than the standard straight tip.  

At 180 Medical, we can handle verifying your insurance coverage to determine how your policy will cover your catheters and let you know if you will have any out-of-pocket cost, and we will also work with your doctor's office to get the necessary documentation, so that's one less thing for you to worry about as you begin your journey of learning to self-cath with a coudé catheter.

How Do I Insert and Use a Coudé Catheter?

Your prescribing healthcare professional will likely offer help and instructions in their facility or office, as well as letting you know how many times per day you will need to self-cath. But here are some basic how-to instructions for coude catheters that should help.

  1. Gather all of your cathing supplies and keep them nearby.lubricating the catheter
  2. Wash your hands, as well as the insertion site with warm soapy water. If available, disinfect using betadine swabsticks or wipes, wiping with a circular motion around the urethral opening. This may help reduce risk of infection. 
  3. If available, put on gloves to further reduce risk of contamination of the supplies by any possible germs left on your hands.
  4. Take your catheter out of the package and lubricate it with a sterile, water-soluble lubricant.
  5. While holding the penis gently in one hand, use your other hand to hold the catheter. Pull the penis up and hold it at a 45-degree angle away from your stomach.
  6. Insert the catheter slowly into your urethra. Some brands of coudé catheters have helpful guide dots or stripes available to help you keep the curve of the coudé tip in the angle and direction as  your doctor has suggested/shown you. If there is any resistance when the catheter reaches the sphincter muscle of your bladder, take a deep breath and gently apply steady pressure but do not force the catheter.
  7. When the urine begins to flow, insert the catheter a little further and lower the penis to allow your urine to flow into the toilet, urinal, or other receptacle.
  8. Once the flow of urine has stopped, you can slowly remove the catheter. 
  9. Throw catheter away.

We can also send you full-color instructional brochures and videos that will walk you through the catheterization process step-by-step with visuals. 

No matter what kind of intermittent catheter you need, 180 Medical can help you find the right supplies for you and your individual needs and preferences. Give us a call today at 1 (877) 688-2729 to speak with one of our highly-trained, friendly Product Specialists to discuss your catheter options. 


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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. 

 

Why Do I Need to Use Coudé Catheters?

by Jessica January 26 2017 19:17
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Have you been recently told you need to use a catheter with a coudé tip? There are a few key reasons why the coudé catheter is often utilized in place of the standard straight tip variety of intermittent male length catheters, and we'll shed some light on that as well as letting you know some of the basic information about a coudé and how this can benefit you, based on your individual needs. 

What is a Coudé Tip Catheter?

A coudé tip catheter is a variety of intermittent or foley catheter (most often available in male length, which is typically about 16 inches on average to accommodate for the length of the male urethra). Instead of the standard straight tip catheter, the insertion tip of the coudé catheter is bent or curved slightly, almost like an elbow. In fact, the French word for elbow is how the coudé catheter got its name.

These are available from most of the major brands on the market today and are manufactured in all of the main catheter materials (vinyl, silicone, and red rubber latex varieties). You can get a coudé tip in most every common catheter type as well, from basic straight intermittent catheters, pediatric sizes, hydrophilic and pre-lubricated catheters, and closed system catheters. 

coude vs straight tip catheters

When is a Coudé Tip Catheter Necessary?

Coudé catheters are generally only used when a standard straight tip catheter cannot be inserted easily or comfortably. This is due to a few reasons, usually related to a stricture or blockage in the urethra, which is the tube in the body which carries urine from the bladder outside of the body. The curved tip of a coudé catheter is often a better choice to bypassing those problem areas and drain the bladder with far less discomfort. 

A few of the most common factors that contribute to this need:
  • Enlarged prostate (or benign prostatic hyperplasia, almost known as BPH)
  • Prior prostate surgery
  • False passages in the urethra or a stoma
  • Radiation in the pelvic area to treat cancer
  • Those with urinary stricture disease or urethral trauma
The majority of coudé catheter-users are men or occasionally boys, which is why most coudé catheters are male length or pediatric length. However, they can be used for any gender when a straight catheter does not pass, depending upon your individual physiology and needs.

Will My Insurance Cover Coudé Tip Catheters?

Most major insurance companies, including Medicare and many state Medicaid programs, cover coudé catheters, although the amount you can receive per month will likely depend upon your specific policy's coverage. 

Medicare, for instance, will typically cover up to 200 catheters per month (enough to self-cath between 6 and 7 times a day in a 30 day period), as long as there is a doctor's prescription for that amount as well as some supporting documentation offering justification why a coudé tip is necessary rather than the standard straight tip.  

At 180 Medical, we can handle verifying your insurance coverage to determine how your policy will cover your catheters and let you know if you will have any out-of-pocket cost, and we will also work with your doctor's office to get the necessary documentation, so that's one less thing for you to worry about as you begin your journey of learning to self-cath with a coudé catheter.

How Do I Insert and Use a Coudé Catheter?

Your prescribing healthcare professional will likely offer help and instructions in their facility or office, as well as letting you know how many times per day you will need to self-cath. But here are some basic how-to instructions for coude catheters that should help.

  1. Gather all of your cathing supplies and keep them nearby.lubricating the catheter
  2. Wash your hands, as well as the insertion site with warm soapy water. If available, disinfect using betadine swabsticks or wipes, wiping with a circular motion around the urethral opening. This may help reduce risk of infection. 
  3. If available, put on gloves to further reduce risk of contamination of the supplies by any possible germs left on your hands.
  4. Take your catheter out of the package and lubricate it with a sterile, water-soluble lubricant.
  5. While holding the penis gently in one hand, use your other hand to hold the catheter. Pull the penis up and hold it at a 45-degree angle away from your stomach.
  6. Insert the catheter slowly into your urethra. Some brands of coudé catheters have helpful guide dots or stripes available to help you keep the curve of the coudé tip in the angle and direction as  your doctor has suggested/shown you. If there is any resistance when the catheter reaches the sphincter muscle of your bladder, take a deep breath and gently apply steady pressure but do not force the catheter.
  7. When the urine begins to flow, insert the catheter a little further and lower the penis to allow your urine to flow into the toilet, urinal, or other receptacle.
  8. Once the flow of urine has stopped, you can slowly remove the catheter. 
  9. Throw catheter away.

We can also send you full-color instructional brochures and videos that will walk you through the catheterization process step-by-step with visuals. 

No matter what kind of intermittent catheter you need, 180 Medical can help you find the right supplies for you and your individual needs and preferences. Give us a call today at 1 (877) 688-2729 to speak with one of our highly-trained, friendly Product Specialists to discuss your catheter options. 


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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. 

 

All About Catheter Eyelets

by Jessica December 8 2016 08:34
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When considering the brand or type of urinary catheter you'll be using, the eyelets might not be the first thing you think of as an important feature. As a matter of fact, the quality, size, and placement of the eyelets can add or detract greatly from your overall catheterization experience. We hope to offer you a more detailed explanation of why that is, as well as the possible options that are available so that you, together with your prescribing health professional, can make the right decision on what intermittent catheter may work best for you.

What Are Catheter Eyelets?

The eyelets of a catheter are the small holes located typically on or around the insertion tip of an intermittent catheter. These are placed here so that when the catheter enters the bladder, the urine can enter the passage of the catheter tube and then drain out accordingly.

Punched Vs. Polished Catheter Eyelets

catheter eyelets close up One of the first and perhaps most obvious differences between intermittent catheter eyelets would be how the eyelets are created during the manufacturing process.

One way to create a catheter eyelet is by literally punching a hole in the material, sometimes called "cold-punching." While this will create eyelets that do their intended job, some catheter-users find that punched eyelets are a little rougher and the edges can create some discomfort as the catheter moves through their urethra.  

Many catheter products being manufactured today have eyelets that are polished. Polishing the holes makes the edges much smoother, which allows for a more comfortable catheterization with less friction. 

Size and Shape of Catheter Eyelets 

The catheter eyelets can vary from brand to brand in terms of shape and size. Larger eyelets may allow urine to drain a little faster, as will having two or more eyelets versus just one. Smaller or fewer eyelets will allow the urine to flow a little more slowly from one's bladder. However, this also depends upon the brand itself, as some catheter types may also have more narrow interior passages due to their unique layering, which could also account for slower drainage.

Another point to take into consideration is that the shape of the catheter eyelets may also play a role in how comfortable a catheter may feel. In an in vitro study in 2014, researchers looked at how eyelet shape affects the surface tissue of the urethra. It was determined that wider drainage eyelets allowed more tissue to dip into the hole, which may create a feeling of discomfort, irritation, or friction. This might be another aspect to consider when looking at your catheter options.

Finding a Catheter That's Right For You

There are many intermittent catheter brands and types out there, and we know that the wide selection can be overwhelming, especially when you’re learning to self-cath for the first time. And of course, there is no one catheter brand that works best for everyone. We have a wide variety of intermittent catheters for men, women, and children from all of the top catheter brands available today, and since we specialize in catheters, we know our business from top to bottom. If you find your current catheter is not as comfortable of an experience as you feel it should be, or if you are ready to try out some alternate products, feel free to contact us to speak with of our highly-trained, friendly specialists today.

References: Walker M, Lambrethsen J, Winther T (2014). In vitro testing of tissue deformation by catheter eyelets

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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. 

 

Travel With Catheters: Tips For Thanksgiving Weekend

by Jessica November 18 2016 09:33
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which, for many people, means there is traveling ahead to be with family and friends for the holiday. Did you know that Thanksgiving is actually one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, with over 44 million people on average traveling during the holiday weekend?

Travel can sometimes be stressful for everyone, but for people who use urinary catheters and carry catheter supplies with them, there is an added element to planning a trip that requires some forethought and organization in order to make the trip as successful as possible. 

What Should I Do If I Have to Travel By Air?

top 3 tips for traveling with cathetersOne of our employees, Bill, wrote a detailed blog post several years back that offers some great tips on what you should do if you self-cath and need to travel on an airplane. Just to refresh your memory, here are several important things to do:

1. Contact the airline before your flight.
The airlines are incredibly busy at this time of year, so you'll want to contact your airline as soon as possible once you've scheduled your flight. Ask the representative if they have any special procedures for traveling with catheters in your checked or carry-on luggage. In addition, it might be a good idea to make sure your catheter supplies and any other medical equipment or accessories meet the TSA guidelines, so there are no surprises when you get to the airport.

2. Know and follow the current TSA Guidelines for Liquids.
The TSA Guidelines have what is known as the 3-1-1 liquid rule. You are allowed to bring a quart-sized clear bag with liquid items, aerosols, gels, creams, and/or pastes through the security checkpoints in carry-on luggage as long as each item is 3.4 ounces or less. Make sure to pack your lubrication and any other liquid supplies in accordance with this guideline in order to avoid any hold-ups at the TSA checkpoints. 

3. Be prepared to bring documentation if needed.
If you plan to pack all of your supplies in carry-on instead of checking any luggage, it's possible, depending on your supply type, that you might need to provide some sort of medical exemption or documentation from your doctor proving the necessity of your medical supplies, such as your catheters.

Other Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Pack extra catheters just in case you are required to stay longer than originally planned. 
  • It's a good idea to pack at least a few days worth of your catheters and any other medically necessary items in your carry-on luggage, just in case your checked luggage gets delayed.
  • Remember to use proper hygiene, especially when self-cathing in public bathrooms. Washing your hands and using antiseptic wipes and other insertion supplies may help reduce the risk of contamination or infection no matter where you are. 

For other questions you may have about traveling with your catheters, contact our team of friendly, trained specialists at 1-877-688-2729 today.

Easing the Transition into Self-Catheterization

by Jessica October 11 2016 18:52
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There are a wide variety of conditions that can potentially interfere with the ability to void one's bladder on one's own. Multiple sclerosis, urinary incontinence, dementia, and urinary retention are just a few common examples. These issues may precipitate the need for intermittent catheterization to help patients fully empty their bladders and maintain a sense of independence in their everyday lives. 

What Can Patients and Their Caregivers Do to Ease the Transition to Self-Cathing?
speaking with doctorDepending on one's individual condition and its severity, a person new to intermittent catheterization may require the help of a caregiver in order to safely self-cath. In the beginning, self-cathing may feel a little scary or seem difficult. To help ease any fears or concerns, it's important to become educated on the basics of catheterization and maintain a self-cathing schedule as recommended by one's prescribing healthcare professional. The average bladder will need to be emptied at least every five to six hours, but this is entirely dependent upon the severity of one's condition, fluid intake, etc. 

We here at 180 Medical recommend the following basics of catheterization:
  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep hands well-washed and utilize other options, such as advanced closed system catheter kits or antiseptic wipes, to reduce the chances of a UTI (urinary tract infection)
  • Use each intermittent catheter only once and then dispose of it, as this will also reduce chances of a UTI
  • Try to relax as much as possible to reduce any possible difficulties with insertion
  • Contact your doctor immediately if there are any complications

In addition to the wide variety of catheter supplies that we offer at 180 Medical, we provide our customers with as many resources as possible to ensure proper self-cathing. We encourage you to check out our Resources page for yourself or your loved one, where you can find information on how to use a catheter, the types of catheters available, and tips for reducing the risk of a urinary tract infection. 

For more information, contact us today at 1-877-688-2729.

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4 Things to Look For When You Need a Female Catheter

by Jessica September 13 2016 08:50
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Whether you have just been instructed to start using intermittent catheters or you've been using them for years, it's understandably pretty tough to find the right female catheter supplier who meets all of your needs. There are many catheter suppliers out there making big claims about what they have to offer, but not all are equal in terms of giving you unparalleled service on all fronts.

Here are the top four things to look for as you seek out the right company for your intermittent catheter supply needs:

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1. Personalized, Friendly Customer Service
Your time is valuable, and your medical needs should be a priority to a supplier. Look for a company that will deliver a superior customer service experience. Instead of long hold times or confusing automated menus, you should be able to get a quick response time from a live person when you call customer support or access live chat on their website, and a company that cares about your needs will deliver that. When you speak with someone, it's great to be treated as more than just another number. Good catheter supply companies will have knowledgeable representatives who really listen, understand your needs, and help find the right intermittent female catheter for you, based on your prescription, lifestyle, preferences, individual needs, and any prior experiences.

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2. Specialization in Catheters
There are plenty of medical supply companies out there today, but not all of them focus specifically on catheters. Companies that deal with all kinds of medical supplies may seem like a convenient option, but their brand and product availability may be limited, and their staff may not be very well-educated on what type of catheter might be best for your needs. 180 Medical, however, specializes only in intermittent catheters and ostomy products, so they carry all major brands and types, and their trained staff is educated about the product lines they offer and the advantages of each. With employees on staff who are also catheter-users, this company can provide first-hand guidance and information on using catheters that other companies may not be able to do. 

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3. Direct Shipping
Why inconvenience yourself by having to pick up supplies from a pharmacy or paying for shipping each time you order when you can get your catheter supply delivered directly to your doorstep for free? This not only saves you time and money, it also protects your privacy. A good online female catheter outlet can ship the exact product you need quickly with no hassle. 

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4. Taking Care of the Paperwork for You
You're already dealing with enough in your life. There's no need to act as the middle man between your doctor's office and your catheter supplier or have to figure out all the insurance paperwork for billing. Look for a company that can communicate directly with your physician for any needed documentation and bill your insurance for you. 

Learn more about 180 Medical by contacting us today at 1 (877) 688-2729 or access our Live Chat option on our website during business hours.

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10 Ways to Carry Your Catheter Supplies Discreetly

by Jessica August 12 2016 10:42
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Here at 180 Medical, one of the more common questions our Catheter Specialists hear is: How can I carry my catheters with me as discreetly as possible? 

While there is certainly no shame at all in having to use catheter products for your personal needs, whether due to a condition such as a spinal cord injury, bladder retention, Spina Bifida, or urinary incontinence, it's perfectly natural to want to keep your bathroom habits as private as possible, no matter where you are during the day -- school, work, traveling, church and other social functions, or even at home. 

Here are a few options that we've gathered over the years, some of which are direct tips from daily catheter users like you!

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1. For the quickest and easiest concealment, you can utilize your clothing to hide your catheter supplies. For instance, during a quick walk from your work or school desk to the bathroom, it's as easy as pocketing a lubricant packet and sliding a catheter package up the sleeve of a long-sleeved shirt or blazer. Some people like to slide a catheter into the waistband of their pants, since some catheters are particularly flexible. One woman told us that on days when she wears tall boots at work, she slides her catheter, still inside its package, down the side of her boot and then walks from her desk to the bathroom with no one being the wiser. Many straight catheters are flexible enough to simply wrap into a circular configuration around your wrist and then store it in your pocket. Just be careful not to kink the catheter as you roll it up. 

There are also options called "money belts," which look like regular belts for your pants or jeans, but have a discreet zipper on the inside in which you can store your catheters.


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2. Makeup or cosmetic bags are another convenient option for women or anyone who uses makeup, as they are readily available to purchase and come in a variety of sizes and lengths to suit your needs. Compact catheters such as the Cure Twist or Speedicath Compact are even designed to look similar to lipstick or mascara tubes.


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3. An eyeglasses case can be a discreet alternative for any gender or age. Despite the length of the case (typically 6 to 8 inches), most any flexible straight catheter, whether male or female length, will be able to fold over enough to fit inside. Lubricant packets are easy to store inside these cases as well. Some eyeglass cases even come with neck straps, which leaves your hands completely free. You can find these easily for purchase online or even with your local optometrist.


pencil case 

4. Pencil cases are a cheap, discreet way to carry catheters, and depending on the size, they can hold a closed system catheter package as well. This may be an especially helpful alternative for teenagers and children still in school. Pencil pouches or cases can typically be found anywhere office or school supplies are sold. 


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5. A purse is another great option for toting your supplies throughout the day, no matter where you go. No one will think anything of it if you take your purse with you to the restroom, especially in public. Purses come in all varieties these days, from large shoulder bags to smaller clutches and cross-body messenger bags, and many of these options are acceptable for anyone to wear. Fanny packs too, also known as waist packs, are a smart, hands-free way to carry your items, and this style is especially helpful for those on vacation or traveling around during the daytime. Forget the puffy neon fanny packs of the 1980s and consider trying out a more stylish, updated pack that slides around your waist as easily as a belt but with a sleek, classic design with multiple pockets and zippers to store all manner of things. You could pack your catheters, your phone, and your wallet all in one small waist-pack and be ready to sight-see on your vacation without having to worry about carrying a large bag with you everywhere you go.


backpack 

6. Backpacks are always a great option, especially for students still in school. Most backpack designs have multiple pockets, both on the outside and inside of the bag itself, which allows for discretion while carrying the backpack throughout the day. For those especially concerned with maximum privacy, there are also locks specifically made just for backpack zippers, which you can find most anywhere school supplies or locks are sold, including stores online.


service dog backpack 

7. If you have a service dog, they're not just your close companion, but they also there to help you perform tasks and help you in many ways. You may or may not be aware that that there are special backpacks made just for dogs that have zippers or even Velcro flaps, perfect for concealing the items you need for your daily activities. These come in different colors and sizes and styles, and it doesn't even require a special order. They fasten rather easily, just like a regular dog harness might. You can find these online to order and even in your local pet supply store. No one will think twice about what might be inside the backpack that your dog is carrying for you, and this could be a great hands-free way for you to make sure your medically-necessary catheter supplies are close at hand at all times.


briefcase 

8. A briefcase or traveling case can be more than sufficient for tucking away one's necessary amount of catheter supplies and accessories, especially for the businessman or woman who may be frequently on the go for their jobs. If you often have to utilize airports for your travel, just remember the TSA's 3-1-1 rule for carry-on luggage. If you carrying a separate lubricant pack or tube, it is safe to bring aboard the airplane as long as it is 3.4 ounces or less in volume. It must fit in a quart-sized clear plastic zip-top baggie. If you're scheduled for a longer trip, such as a vacation or longer business trip away from home, it may be best to store some supplies in your checked luggage, but keep an adequate stock on hand in case of any luggage issues or delays.


180 medical kids club drawstring bag to carry catheters

9. If your child is dependable in maintaining their own self-cathing schedule, they can utilize any of of the mentioned options above -- particularly a backpack or pencil case might be a great options.But if they have limited finger or hand dexterity or any difficulty with buttons or zippers, an easy-to-open drawstring bag, such as the one that you receive when you join the 180 Medical Kids Club for free, might be preferable. It can be draped from the back of a wheelchair, be left under a desk, or it can just sit it one's lap until it's time to cath. Also, if your child has other medical supplies that don't easily fit in the mentioned carrying options, such as diapers, you might be able to arrange a time to meet and discuss options with a trusted teacher or teacher's aide at your child's school. Odds are, there might be a spare cabinet or locker where they can safely store your child's supplies until it can be discreetly retrieved for use later. 


discreet catheters

10. Consider a catheter specifically designed both for maximum discretion and/or travel, such as a pre-lubricated compact catheter, a pocket catheter and lubrication, or a closed system (which can be utilized for sterile intermittent catheterization even when there might not be immediate access to toilets). Depending upon what your insurance plan covers, you might even be eligible to get catheters that include insertion supplies such as antiseptic wipes and gloves to further reduce your risk of UTIs when catheterizing in public restrooms.

When considering the right way to discreetly carry your supplies, be sure to keep your catheter inside its sterile packaging at all times until you are ready to use it to self-cath. This will help you to minimize your risk of infection. 

We understand that there are individual needs and preferences that will influence which solution might work best for your needs. Consider all the options that might best meet your requirements.

180 Medical makes it a point to train our staff well, so you can feel confidence when you contact us to discuss your catheter options. We offer instructional materials and will treat your needs as seriously as if you were a member of our own family. We also have a few employees on staff who have personal experience both with adjusting to life in a wheelchair and with using a catheter daily. Give us a call today to talk to one of our friendly, trained specialists at 1-877-688-2729 during business hours.
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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. She loves writing, playing music, creating art, and spending quality time with her dogs, friends, & family.
 

Tips for Providing Support for Your Child Who Requires Self-Catheterization

by Jessica July 28 2016 09:45
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Being told that you have to catheterize in order to empty your bladder can be a scary thing to hear at any age, but a child can especially take this hard. He or she may feel different than other children, or they might feel they are alone in their specific condition. Whether your child experienced a traumatic event that damaged their spinal cord or has always had issues since birth due to a condition like spina bifida, the important thing is that they get as much support as possible. Let them know that there are many other kids all over the world who use catheters every day. If your child requires self-catheterization to empty their bladder, there are ways to help ensure their comfort, safety, and future independence. 

Helping Your Child Self-Cath

child in wheelchair Get Informed About Self-Cathing: Before you can provide help to your child, you must be able to have the information to offer guidance. Therefore, you should obviously do plenty of research. This starts with your doctor and nurse to discuss the various types of catheters, how to catheterize, basic hygiene when self-cathing, adverse effects to avoid, and other concerns that you might have. Your child's healthcare professional will want to speak with you and your child before he or she recommends self-catheterization to make sure your child is able to cath on their own too. In addition to your doctor, there are many other resources out there that you may want to utilize. We have our own 180 Medical Kids Club, which was established to help children and their parents adjust to this new way of life. 

Be Patient and Ready to Adapt: Understand that it might take some time for your child to get used to self-cathing. The amount of time will depend on their age and level of independence. It's important to provide positive instruction and allow your child ample time to complete the task. Remember that practice makes perfect, and your child may not master it immediately. 

Follow the Prescribed Amount of Times to Cath: Your child's healthcare professional will have laid out a basic cathing schedule, based on their individual needs and severity of the condition. It may help to reinforce self-cathing as a positive habit by creating a schedule of specific times to go to the bathroom. This schedule should be designed to fit your lifestyle. For example, if your child goes to school, this will need to be taken into account. In regard to reminders, you can create alerts on your child's mobile phone, but you may want to try to get them to remember on their own too, so they don't have to always rely upon others or technology as they continue to grow up and gain more independence.

A child brand-new to catheterization may have some hurdles to overcome, but it is possible to live a normal life while cathing. As a parent or guardian, you can play a key role in helping your child view this routine as a positive thing that allows them to stay healthy and become more self-reliant as they learn the basics of using pediatric catheters.

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