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LoFric Catheters an Option at 180 Medical

by Jessica June 3 2015 12:41
If you have some experience with catheters, then you probably know that the brand and style of catheter can make a big difference in terms of comfort and results. You may have even tried a catheter that was just not right for you at all, leading to discomfort and irritation. And that can be a real problem when you need to use a catheter multiple times a day. You want the catheterization process to be as smooth and comfortable as possible.  

180 Medical carries a wide variety of intermittent catheters from the leading manufacturers and brands available on the market today. We also have a well-trained staff of friendly, knowledgeable customer specialists who can help you with your catheter choice, based on your insurance coverage and personal needs. One of the many brands we offer is Wellspect's line of hydrophilic intermittent catheters called LoFric, which is available in models for men, women, and children. Formerly known as AstraTech, Wellspect has been making high-quality, innovative medical devices for over 65 years now.



The LoFric line of catheters offer a low-friction method of inserting your catheter as smoothly as possible. They are known for being more comfortable, easier to insert, and they do not require additional lubricant. That’s right – an irritation-free, smooth cathing experience without application of separate lubricant.

This is possible because of the catheter’s hydrophilic coating, which is bonded to the surface of the catheter tube. Once this coating is activated by a small packet of sterile water that is included with the catheter, it becomes super-smooth and ready to insert. Because the hydrophilic coating is bonded to the catheter, you can experience a comfortable, well-lubricated catheterization process from insertion to removal.

This is just one recommendation out of many high-quality and respected brands. What is your preferred line of catheter? Talk to your doctor and call us at 180 Medical to find the catheter that's right for you!

Reasons Why Many Choose the Bard Touchless Catheter Kit

by Jessica May 5 2015 11:05
Anyone who has been using catheters for any length of time knows that not all of them are always comfortable for every single person. Finding the right catheter doesn’t only depend on size and length – you’ll also want one that is in the style most convenient for your needs while being easy to insert and remove with the most comfort. The specifics of what you need may vary depending on your gender, your condition, and your own sensitivity levels, but we feel confident that you can find the right catheter for yourself with little problems when you have a helpful staff of specialists on your side.

Here at 180 Medical, we carry a wide variety of intermittent catheters from the leading manufacturers and brands on the market today. We also staff well-trained customer specialists who can help you with your catheter choice, based on your insurance coverage and personal needs. One of the many brands we carry is Bard, a trusted leader in the medical supplies industry, and one of their products that many choose is the Bard Touchless line of catheter products.  



Bard is one of the most established medical device companies in the world, as they have been producing high-quality devices for over 100 years. One such quality product is their Touchless catheter kit line. A traditional intermittent catheter is a straight tube that you have to manually lubricate and then insert into your urethra to drain the bladder. The Bard Touchless Catheter Kit offers a more convenient method of self-catheterization, taking the mess and extra preparation of inserting a catheter.

The Touchless Catheter comes packaged, pre-lubricated, and ready to use, no manual handling of the catheter tube itself required. The insertion tip included helps the catheter itself bypass the first few millimeters of the urethra which is the area with the highest concentrations of bacteria. Thanks to the pre-lubrication, the catheter will slide in gently and easily with no actual hands-on contact with the tube, minimizing risk of infection. The kit also includes antiseptic wipes for cleaning the area before insertion and a urine collection bag.

This catheter, just like all products, may not be the best option for everyone across the board. But it is just one of our popular products that many people choose and love, as it presents an easier option for insertion with less prep as well as a more comfortable experience. Have you tried the Bard Touchless catheter kits yet? 

Contact us at 180 Medical with any questions that you have about these or our other products!

3 Types of Male Catheters and Their Uses

by Jessica March 9 2015 09:37
Perhaps you're researching catheters because you have been recently told by your doctor that you need to start using a catheter, whether due to incontinence, an enlarged prostate, bladder retention, or another condition entirely. You might feel a little overwhelmed at all of the choices out there, but we are here to help you navigate your options. While your prescribing healthcare professional can determine for sure what type of catheter may best suit your needs, you can start here by discovering more about the three main types of catheters that are available for men.

Types of Male Catheters and Their Uses


male urologistIndwelling (Foley) Catheter
This catheter type is inserted by a doctor or a nurse and remains in the bladder to allow urine to drain throughout the day into an attached drainage bag. To keep it from slipping out, there is a small balloon near the insertion tip which, once it reaches the bladder, is inflated by sterile water. Indwelling catheters are mainly for long-term use and are ideal for those who may not be able to insert a catheter themselves. One of the potential downsides of using the foley catheter is the risk of infection, since the catheter stays inside the body for long periods of time.

External Catheter
One option commonly used for incontinence issues is the external catheter, also known as a Texas catheter. Rather than inserting a tube into the urethra to drain the bladder, this type of male catheter fits over the penis like a condom and is typically held in place by adhesive. These, like the foley catheter, are also attached by a tube to a leg bag or a drainage bag to collect the urine that dribbles throughout the day. These are for short-term use. Typically, users of the external catheter will want to wear it for no longer than a day or two at a time before it needs to be changed out in order to minimize the possible risk of skin irritation or infection.

Intermittent Catheter
An intermittent catheter is a thin tube, typically composed of vinyl, rubber, or silicone, that is manually inserted into the bladder through the urethra to drain urine manually in an easy process that people of any gender and age can do for themselves. Since this type of catheter is considered a single-use device, you don't have to deal with washing it and reusing it, which can raise your risk of infection. Instead, you simply use it once and then dispose of it. Intermittent catheters come in all sizes and types, including:

  • Straight Catheters: These are the most common type of intermittent catheter. The male length is usually around 16 inches. It's ready to use once it has been manually lubricated, typically by a separate individual-use packet of lubrication which can also be included in your orders.
  • Hydrophilic Catheters: This type of intermittent catheter is similar to the regular straight catheters except for a hydrophilic coating which, when activated by water, becomes super slippery and ready to use. There is less mess and effort involved with this newer technology, as there is no need for additional lubrication, and it helps facilitate a smooth catheterization experience from start to finish.
  • Closed System Catheters: Closed systems offer the convenience of a pre-lubricated catheter and a collection bag all in one ready-to-go package. Often, closed systems also offer additional accessories such as gloves, an underpad, and an antiseptic wipe to further minimize the risk of infection.
Depending on the brand, there are often other options for further customization of intermittent catheter types to fit your needs. If you have dexterity issues, some catheter types offer helpful gripping aids. There is also an option for a coudé (or curved) tip for those who may not be able to pass a regular straight tip catheter, whether due to a blockage or urethral stricture. 

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Ultimately, the decision between the three main types of male catheters will come down to your prescribing healthcare professional's assessment of your condition and personal needs. 

When you contact 180 Medical to discuss your catheter options, you can feel confident that you're speaking to a catheter specialist who will take time to listen to your concerns and find the right product for your individual needs. We have a few employees on staff who have personal experience with using intermittent catheters daily. 180 Medical also offers educational materials like a full-color brochure and/or a DVD offering step-by-step instructions. 

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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The History of Catheters

by Jessica March 2 2015 13:05
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You might think catheters are a relatively new invention. While it’s true that catheter technology is constantly advancing, the idea of a tube to drain the bladder has been around for centuries now.

In fact, it’s been documented that catheters were used around 3,000 BC. Of course, back in those days, they didn’t have the technology to be able to manufacture catheters in flexible, sterile materials, so they had to use what was available to them. Ancient Syrians used hollow vegetation such as reeds to relieve built-up urine in the bladder.

Later on, catheters were made in brass, copper, gold, lead, and silver. Silver is still used in certain medical fields due to its antiseptic functions. Benjamin Franklin, the famous inventor as well as one of the forefathers of the United States, had a hand in the creation of a silver catheter, which was originally was for use by his brother, John. He wanted to make the process of catheterization less painful for John, and so he worked with a local smithy on a new design for a more flexible catheter of silver.

New materials continued to be discovered and used, as the quest to find a more comfortable gentlecath red rubber catheterand flexible catheter went on. The first catheters made of rubber were developed in the 1700s was more flexible, certainly, but natural rubber weakens easily when warm and becomes brittle when cold. Rubber catheters during this period of time would sometimes disintegrate or weaken at body temperature, leaving debris behind in the urethra and bladder. In the 1800s, Charles Goodyear formulated the concept of vulcanization of rubber, which was later patented in 1844 by Thomas Hancock. This advent, which improved the overall quality of rubber, revolutionized its production, and soon the majority of catheters were made of vulcanized rubber, and later in the 20th century, latex rubber became the most popular material of choice.

Overall, catheterization was a safe procedure, but there were still cases of infections. After World War II, there were many disabled veterans, many of whom had spinal cord injuries and other ailments that required them to use catheters after the war. Infections were the last thing they needed to deal with on top of their other ailments. This is when the concept of sterile catheterization was introduced by SirLudwig Guttman, a British neurologist at the time who is now considered to be one of the founding fathers of organized physical activities for people with disabilities (including the Paralympic Games in England). It was noted that this practice helped to reduce the occurrence of infections.

In time, other materials began to be utilized as technology continued to advance, including PVC (poly-vinyl-chloride) and silicone. Today, advancements in catheter technology are leaps and bounds ahead of where we were even 20 years ago. Intermittent catheters exist in many materials, sizes, brands, and types – including hydrophilic catheters, pre-lubricated, closed systems, pediatric sizes, catheters in lengths for both men and women, and more.

180 Medical has been around for over twelve years now, and we certainly know our specialty well. Contact us today to find the right catheter for your needs, so you can experience the 180 Medical difference.
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Other References: 

Carr, H. A. (2000). "A short history of the Foley catheter: from handmade instrument to infection-prevention device." 
Lapides, J., A. C. Diokno, A.C., et al. (1972). "Clean, intermittent self-catheterization in the treatment of urinary tract disease." J Urology 107(3): 458-461. 
J Endourol 7(2): 89-92. Mattelaer, J. J. and I. Billiet. (1995). "Catheters and sounds: the history of bladder catheterisation."
Paraplegia 33(8): 429-433.  Nacey, J. and B. Delahunt. (1993). "The evolution and development of the urinary catheter." Aust N Z J Surg 63(10): 815-819.



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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 5 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.
 

Best Practices for Self-Catheterization

by Jessica December 3 2014 17:59
Intermittent catheters are a type of medical device that can be easily used by patients or their caregivers in the comfort of your own home. However, it is technically considered an invasive device, since it enters the body to drain the bladder. Therefore, it must be used properly to be fully effective and not hurt more than it helps. For instance, UTIs (urinary tract infections) are one of the most common side effects of catheter usage, but these infections and other side effects can be avoided just by following some guidelines:

Make an appropriate selection for your needs.

There are a variety of options available, but you and your treating health care provider can decide together what kind of catheter may work best for you.
  • Size:  To minimize trauma and irritation to your urethra and to maximize urine flow, the correct French size of catheter should be used. Your doctor can work with you to determine what size is most appropriate for your body.
  • Material: Latex catheters were once the most common variety of catheter material, but as increasing numbers of people experience latex allergies, other options such as vinyl and silicone have been created to accommodate for these issues, as well as providing a slightly firmer tube for easier handling.
  • Type:  Intermittent catheters come in a variety of options. Straight cure hydrophilic catheter 180 medical catheters are affordable straight tubes that are manually lubricated and come in coude (curved) insertion tip or rounded straight tip. Your doctor can determine which type of insertion tip works best for your needs. Hydrophilic catheters come ready to lubricate via activation of sterile water, and once activated, they are super slippery for ease of insertion. Closed system catheters come in what are essentially on-the-go kits that allow for sterile and convenient cathing in places like public restrooms. These also often come with an easy introducer tip to help bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria in the first few millimeters of the urethra. 

Practice proper technique.

Because a catheter is inserted into the urethra, it has the potential to introduce bacteria into the bladder. To minimize infection risks, catheter insertion should only be performed once you have been made aware of how to do so by a health care professional. Once you are home from your doctor’s office, the process of self-cathing may feel a little daunting, but with 180 Medical, you have access to specialists who can walk you through it over the phone, as well as learning materials like our DVD and booklets with step-by-step instructions.

Practice proper hygiene.

Intermittent catheters are considered single-use devices, so they should be used only once and then disposed of. While cleaning and reusing catheters may seem appealing to those who are trying to save a bit on medical supply costs, this practice makes UTIs much more likely. When you use a catheter, it’s nearly impossible to get it clean again, since it’s already been inserted into the body and contaminated by bacteria.

Using catheters once, on the other hand, means you will have a more sterile experience each and every time you self-cath. The chances of bacteria being carried into your urethra on the catheter is minimized significantly. Single use of catheters is safer and recommended by medical professionals.

One of the most important things that you will learn is the necessity of a clean environment when cathing. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before starting out. You can also keep some anti-bacterial wipes on hand with you to clean the area before insertion. Other items such as disposable gloves and an underpad to lay your supplies on can be helpful as well.    

The Basics of Coudé Catheters

by Jessica November 18 2014 14:29
There are many different types and brands of catheters available today, but there are typically only two basic insertion tip types (with the exception of some variations of the two): straight tip and coudé tip. Straight is the most common type of insertion tip, but coudé catheters are also frequently used. Read on to learn more about this type of catheter insertion tip to see if it is right for your needs.

What is a Coudé Catheter?

A coudé tip is basically a slightly angled or curved tip on a catheter. This type of tip is best for those who have difficulty passing a regular straight tip intermittent catheter. This situation is most common in men, so the coudé tip is almost always an option on male length catheters. The reasons for needing coudé tips may include a urethral stricture, blockage, an enlarged prostate, or false passages.

Coudé Tip Catheter Types & Product Options

There are varying types of coudé catheters available, such as olive tip, Tiemann tip, or tapered tip. Your doctor or other prescribing healthcare professional can determine what will work best for you, based on your anatomy as well as the issue causing the need for a coudé.

Coudé catheters come in a variety of options for your individual needs and preferences, such as closed system kits, hydrophilic catheters, and intermittent straight catheters. See our online product catalog for a look at some of the available options and their features.

How to Use a Coudé Tip Catheter

180 medical coude catheter cureThere is no one right way to position the angle of the tip, since everyone is different, so this will depend on your anatomy. Your doctor will likely spend some time with you in the office to go over the process of learning to insert a catheter, including which direction to face the angle of the insertion tip. 

Many coudé tip catheters will offer a reference point on the funnel, such as a notch or a bump to indicate the angle. Others have a guide line down the catheter tube as well.

After you leave your doctor's office and start using intermittent catheters on your own, it's natural that you might still have some questions or need further assistance. 180 Medical can help! We have trained specialists available during our business hours, and we offer one-of-a-kind informational booklets about catheterization as well as a DVD with step-by-step instructions. We'll do all we can to make this process easy for you. 

Finding the Right Coudé Catheter For You

180 Medical offers a variety of quality coudé catheter options, such as regular straight catheters with separate lubrication jelly, hydrophilic or pre-lubricated catheters, and closed system catheters. 

There is no one catheter that works best for everyone. With 180 Medical, you'll have access to the widest selection of the top coudé tip catheters, available from the best manufacturers on the market today, including ConvaTec's GentleCath, Bard, Coloplast, Cure, Hollister, Rusch, LoFric, and more!

Contact us today to speak with one of our friendly, trained catheter specialists to get started on the road to finding the best catheter for your needs.

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Hydrophilic Catheters 101

by Jessica November 3 2014 13:43
You may have heard the term "hydrophilic catheter," and your doctor may have even discussed some of the features of this type of newer-technology product. But are you still left with some questions as to how to use a hydrophilic catheter? Or perhaps you wonder what the benefits of using this kind of device could be for you. 180 Medical makes it a point to be an available source of knowledge for you, so we'll try to help shed some light on this topic. 

What is a hydrophilic catheter?

For many years, the most common type of catheter has been the straight catheter, which is most often manually lubricated with a separate form of sterile lubrication jelly. While this is a great option that is certainly tried and true, some people still experience some pain, pressure, and discomfort during the catheterization process, due to the lubrication sloughing off of the catheter during insertion or withdrawal.

Hydrophilic catheters were created in part to help with this very situation, as well as offer a more convenient and quick solution for catheterization on the go. These catheters have a layer of coating of pre-lubrication that is bound to the surface of the tube itself, so that once the lubrication is activated, it will not slough off.

Hydrophilic catheters are activated by water or sterile saline solution, which may be present in the catheter package itself or in a separate foil packet. The pre-lubricated coating absorbs water during the activation period and creates a smooth, slippery surface perfect for giving a smooth and comfortable catheterization experience. The coating layer remains intact upon introduction into the urethra and ensures lubrication of the urethra in its entire length.

How do I use a hydrophilic catheter?

how to use a hydrophilic catheter 180 medicalHydrophilic catheters are activated by water or sterile saline solution, which may be present in the catheter package itself or in a separate foil packet.

If the catheter has a packet, you must burst it to release the water and activate the hydrophilic properties of the catheter. In order to do this, simply fold the water packet at the middle and apply pressure with your thumb and forefingers. This should release the solution.   Depending upon the brand of catheter, you'll usually allow approximately 15 to 30 seconds for the solution to fully coat the catheter and activate the hydrophilic coating. At this point, it should be ready for you to insert into the bladder, as you would normally.  

180 Medical also offers one-of-a-kind educational materials with step-by-step instructions, such as our 180 Medical DVD and our How to Cath Booklets for both men and women (offered in English and Spanish). We also have unique and helpful booklets just for kids that help to make the catheterization process more normal and less scary for children and their caregivers/parents. These great booklets also offer instructions and fun activities.

Contact us today if you have more questions!


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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 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, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

September is Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month

by Jessica September 15 2014 12:42
We here at 180 Medical want to do our part in raising awareness this month about a painful condition called Interstitial Cystitis.

According to the Interstitial Cystitis Network, as many as one out of every 26 people in the USA right now may be living with symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis. But what is Interstitial Cystitis? And why is it important that we all do our part in raising awareness about this condition?

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Interstitial Cystitis and Its Symptoms

Also known as Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS), Interstitial Cystitis is a feeling that ranges from minor discomfort to great pain or pressure around the pelvic area, most specifically the bladder. Symptoms can include:
  • Bladder pain or pain throughout the pelvis or genitals
  • Urgency to rush to the restroom to relieve yourself
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Urinary frequency
  • Nocturia
  • Pain during intimacy

september is ic awareness monthIt can happen to anyone, but it seems to be more prevalent in women. Many who are affected by the symptoms aren't even aware that they have it. This is why it's important to spread awareness, so that those who are affected can seek treatment.

While there is no cure currently, there are a variety of treatments available that can help lessen the symptoms and make it much more manageable. If you have difficulty urinating, for instance, it may be as simple as starting a self-catheterization regimen. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your doctor today.

What Can I Do To Raise Awareness About Interstitial Cystitis?

  • It's easy to feel like you don't have the power to raise much awareness. But if you use any form of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or more), you have a great tool in your hands to share information and spread awareness. You can start out just by sharing a link to the IC Awareness Month official website at http://www.icawareness.org or sharing a link to this blog post from 180 Medical.
  • Hand out flyers or hang a poster at your school, job, or local church.
  • Talk to your doctor about putting up a poster or keeping brochures about Interstitial Cystitis available for patients and visitors to the office.
  • Spread awareness by wearing your turquoise IC Awareness Ribbon or displaying it as a car magnet. Find yours at the ICN shop here.

Resources

Remember, if you are living with Interstitial Cystitis, you're not the only one. There are resources available to you for learning and connecting with a vast network of others who are dealing with symptoms like yours.


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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 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, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical Sponsors NeuroResources Outreach's 2014 No Boundaries Expo

by Jessica August 26 2014 10:34
This past Saturday, August 23rd, the 2014 No Boundaries Expo was held at the State Fair Grounds in Oklahoma City. 180 Medical was proud to attend and be a Gold Sponsor of this exciting event. C:\Users\180 medical gold sponsor no boundaries todd brown

The No Boundaries Expo was presented by NeuroResources, a chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association that focuses on advocacy for those dealing with paralysis and/or neurological disabilities and offers various specialized resources such as a free clinic every Monday afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., an Equipment Share Program, and more.


The No Boundaries Expo is one event each year that is just unbeatable in terms of the wealth of resources, showcases, workshops, and fun for anyone who may have a disability and would like to make connections with others and learn about new options that could add to your life. This year's Expo event had over 75 organizations showcasing adapted sporting events such as wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and more. There were various adapted arts performances such as dance and karate. New equipment and products were showcased as well.

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It was a day full of fun and learning for everyone who attended. We certainly had a blast there, as always, and it was great to see such a wonderful turn-out this year!

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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 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, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

A Reflection on 20 Years After Todd Brown's Spinal Cord Injury

by Jessica August 20 2014 11:43
Today marks a full twenty years that have passed since our founder and CEO Todd Brown’s accident, which ultimately led to his idea to create 180 Medical. While it’s not an anniversary we celebrate, we want to take a moment to reflect back on the past twenty years and accentuate the positive outcome after his tragic accident.
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Many of you may know by now what an inspiring life Todd has led thus far. From an early age, he was very active and participated in various sports like basketball and track. He grew up around motorcycles. His dad was involved in a sport called motocross, which is a physically-demanding, fast-paced form of motorcycle racing on mostly off-road, closed courses. “Me and my brother started racing from a very young age,” said Todd, recalling his passion for the sport. Then in 1994, after graduating college and marrying his wife Annette, a tragic accident during a motocross jump left Todd with a T-7,8 spinal cord injury. He was just 25 and was now paralyzed from the waist down.

While in the hospital, Todd called his closest friends and family to let them know what had occurred. His wife and family rushed to be by his side, and one thing people noticed was that his indomitable spirit had not been dampened. “He basically just made it like ‘God put this in front of me and gave me some challenges,’ and it didn’t make a difference to him,” Randy Brown, his brother, recalls.

Todd knew his life would never be quite the same as it was before his accident, but he was determined to persevere. “I had a business, I had a family, and I was just trying to get out of rehab,” Todd said, recalling those difficult first few months.

On top of that, he battled seven urinary tract infections for seven months in a row. Urinary tract infections are one aspect of difficulties that the newly paralyzed can deal with as their bodies adjust to having to use intermittent catheters in order to drain their bladder. Todd only knew to clean and reuse the catheters, as he’d been taught to do in rehab. But the infections were severely impacting the quality of his life, plus he had to deal with frequent trips to the doctor and constant doses of antibiotics. Feeling worn down and tired of being sick, Todd knew there had to be a better way.

Despite all of that, the drive to stay active was todd brown wheelchair race 180 medicalstill inside Todd, so he began doing wheelchair races, and he participated in his first wheelchair marathon just six months after his motocross accident. One day, while attending a wheelchair race, a fellow athlete friend talked to Todd about his issues with frequent UTIs and asked if he’d ever heard of sterile-use cathetization (which is using a catheter one time and then disposing of it, versus reusing after cleaning it) and gave him a closed system catheter to try out. Todd’s health began to improve, and he realized that, with continued use of the right equipment and the right techniques, his quality of life had done a 180 degree turn back in the right direction. 

It was not long after this that Todd decided he wanted to start a company that would be able to provide the right equipment, great service, and education to anyone who needed catheters and other supplies. It was a leap of faith, and he and his wife didn’t have much starting out, but Todd was ready to make his dreams a reality, so they started their medical supply company out of their own garage. Todd just knew he could make a difference in others’ lives.

Over those 20 years since Todd’s accident, he has not only started 180 Medical, which is one of the fastest-growing, nationally-accredited providers of sterile use catheters, urologic supplies and ostomy supplies, he has also accomplished much more. He and his wife are both strong advocates for adoption. He still takes times to visit spinal cord injury patients in rehab, and he will often mentor the newly injured. Even with his continually growing business, he finds time for his family and his passions, like fishing, hand-cycling, snow-skiing, and staying active in his church.

Todd’s story inspires everyone who hears it. He is a unique, driven individual who has turned what could have potentially been a negative situation into one that has not only earned him a successful business but helped countless others who may be facing challenges of their own.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 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, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.