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The Link Between Urinary Incontinence & Depression in Women

by Jessica February 17 2018 00:22
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Being afraid to sneeze or laugh too hard...rushing to make it to the restroom in time...worrying about leakage...

These probably sound like familiar concerns if you're one of the 13 million people in the United States who live with urinary incontinence.

When you have urinary incontinence, fears like this are normal. However, you may find that your mood has persistently worsened over time, and you may be dealing with feelings of sadness or hopelessness that are hard if not impossible to shake off.

Although a healthcare professional will need to see you in order to properly diagnose you and get you started on a treatment plan that gets your life turned back around and back on track, it's very possible that you could be suffering from depression related to incontinence.

Still, we understand you probably want answers now before you schedule an appointment to see your doctor, and 180 Medical has the need-to-know info about incontinence and depression. We've also included some helpful resources and support options in this blog. Read on to learn more!


Who Is Affected By Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence can happen to anyone at any age, but studies show that women experience urinary incontinence twice as much as men do.

Why is that? The main factor is the pelvic anatomy of women and how it differs from that of men, as well as hormonal fluctuations that occur during menopause. 


Other potential causes of female incontinence may include:

  • Bladder muscle weakness
  • Pelvic floor weakness
  • Urinary tract infections, which can increase the urge the void your bladder and sometimes cause leakage
  • Being over the healthy weight for your body type and height
  • A medical condition from birth like spina bifida, which can also affect the bladder, depending upon severity
  • Side effects from certain medicines
  • Drinking diuretic liquids like coffee, tea, and colas
  • Certain neurological disorders

Women are also more susceptible to UTIs (urinary tract infections) and bladder infections, and this can sometimes worsen incontinence. This is because UTIs tend to increase the urge to void the bladder, sometimes involuntarily.

The additional risk of infections in women is also due to anatomy. The vagina, urethra, and anus are positioned more closely together on the female body, which makes it easier for bacteria to travel up the urethra.


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Can Urinary Incontinence Cause Depression?

As mentioned earlier, there actually is a strong link between urinary incontinence and depression, particularly in younger women. A recent paper published by researchers took a look at this connection and tried to find out the causes as well as what could be done to treat both conditions. 

One potential cause identified could be weight gain and/or childbirth, which are both commonly related to urinary incontinence as well as depression (particularly postpartum depression in the case of new mothers). The reason for this is that when the pelvic floor muscles are stretched, whether due to bearing a child, gaining weight, or other conditions, it can make it more difficult to tighten the muscles that close off the sphincter of the bladder, and this can result in mild to excessive leakage or dribbling of urine.

Another reason may be related to societal stigma regarding disorders affecting the bladder and bowels. People living with incontinence may feel like they're totally alone, or they may experience shame or embarrassment about their condition.

The research ultimately concluded that more must be done to educate women on prevention and treatment options for incontinence as well as depression. 


Treatment of Incontinence and Depression

If you are experiencing urinary incontinence and/or feelings of depression, we want to assure you that there is nothing to feel ashamed of. Millions of other people are going through this too, and even if you feel some embarrassment addressing these conditions with your doctor, they will not judge or shame you in any way. Healthcare professionals want to help their patients heal and find proper treatment plans in order to improve your condition and your overall quality of life.

Treatments depend on your personal medical history as well as the severity and type of symptoms you're experiencing.

Your doctor may also want you to record a bladder diary for several days or weeks as well, which may sound like a pain, but they may be able to provide you with an easy-to-use booklet in which to record your symptoms, when and how often you're urinating or having accidents, and other information.

urinary incontinence bladder diary appThere are also some helpful smartphone apps, such as UroBladderDiary, which may be easier for you to use. Recording this kind of information in an app rather than a written journal can also be a real help if you want to keep your symptoms private from those around you. 

While it may seem daunting right now, the sooner you can schedule an appointment with your doctor, the sooner you can get on the road to recovery.

Even if it doesn't feel like it right now, there is light ahead.


Helpful Resources and Support

A few resources and options for support, both online and in-person, can definitely be useful when you're not sure where to go next for information. 

These links may be helpful in your journey back to wellness
:

Incontinence Support Center: A Caring Community
This website has helpful articles as well as an online forum where you can talk to other women who are experiencing the same symptoms as you are.

Daily Strength Urinary Incontinence Support Group
Connect online with others living with urinary incontinence and other bladder issues. You can find support, encouragement, and tips from fellow women living with incontinence.

Find a Therapist through Psychology Today
Just enter your city or zip code, and you will be provided with a list of local mental health professionals and counselors to whom you can reach out. This site also has options to list local support groups and treatment centers. 

ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) Support Groups Near You

Find free support groups near you. This helpful website also offers facts about depression and anxiety, tips on how to deal with your feelings, and more.

Postpartum Support International
Learn more about life after having a child, including postpartum depression and potential therapy options. You also have options to call a support line and chat with a mental health expert, join an online support group for other women living with postpartum depression, and more. 

Crisis Text Line
This free support is available 24 hours a day, every day, for those in crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor can respond and text with you on a secure platform and help you.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Sometimes depression and feelings of hopelessness can become so severe that you don't feel like there is any other way out of your problems, but there always is. You can visit this website, or if you need someone to speak with immediately, simply call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-273-8255 at any time of day, and someone can speak with you.


Intermittent Catheterization As Incontinence Treatment

treat your incontinence and depressionIf your doctor determines that something as simple as intermittent catheterization can help treat your urinary incontinence, our Catheter Specialists at 180 Medical are always ready to lend you a compassionate ear and walk you through your first experience of getting the right female catheter products for your individual needs. 

You will never be shamed or made to feel embarrassed when you speak with anyone at 180 Medical. This is our specialty, and we speak to many people of all ages and genders who require the use of intermittent catheters, ostomy products, and other related medical supplies.

Our goal is to help turn your life around, so we'll do what we can to make the experience of getting your catheters and other female incontinence supplies as easy and worry-free as possible. 

With the right resources and support behind you, you could be feeling like your old self again soon! If you're experiencing symptoms of incontinence or depression, it's a great idea to get the ball rolling by calling your doctor to schedule an appointment to diagnose your symptoms today.



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Our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

by Jessica December 29 2017 14:36
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2017 has been a wonderful year for 180 Medical, and we certainly hope it's been a year of good health and fun for you too!

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


About the Author:

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

 

Tips for Holiday Travel When You Have Urinary Incontinence

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

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

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

Our Top Tips for Holiday Travel

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

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

Other Helpful Information to Keep in Mind

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

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

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


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WOC Nurse Week 2017

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

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




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

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

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

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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. In her free time, she loves writing, making art, and hanging with her dogs and loved ones.

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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A Guide to Male Incontinence Causes and Treatments

by Jessica July 21 2016 20:04
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Although Men's Health Month was last month (June), it's still very important to bring awareness year-round to common health issues affecting males. One such condition is incontinence, which can affect either gender. This is a condition where one is unable to control their bladder, which can develop suddenly or gradually over a period of time. 

Given the private nature of this condition, some men may feel embarrassed and will not seek out medical help. In addition to that, men, as a whole, do not go to the doctor as often as women. Therefore, they are less likely to receive a medical diagnosis and treatment plan and could potentially go years living with incontinence.

With this in mind, we want to provide a short guide to help men understand why they may be experiencing urinary incontinence, what they can expect when they visit a doctor, and potential treatment plans. 

What is Male Incontinence?

In a nutshell, male incontinence occurs when a patient can't control his bladder. There are several types of male urinary incontinence:

  1.  The first is stress incontinence. This occurs when an individual lifts a heavy object or strongly coughs and experiences bladder leakage. 
  2.  The second is urge incontinence. When this happens, the bladder contracts for an abnormal reason, which triggers urination.male urologist
  3.  The third is mixed incontinence which is a combination of stress and urge incontinence.
  4.  Finally, the fourth is overflow incontinence. This means that the bladder can't completely empty for some reason (urinary retention) and leakage occurs unexpectedly.

What Causes Male Incontinence?

There are a number of conditions that could potentially cause male urinary incontinence. While aging can certainly perpetuate those conditions, incontinence is not necessarily a normal sign of getting older. Some of the most common causes of male incontinence include an enlarged prostate, Parkinson's disease, and panic disorder. In addition to that, male incontinence could also be the result of a surgery or certain medications. For example, incontinence is a common side effect of prostate removal surgery.

What Might Your Doctor Recommend?

When a patient schedules an appointment with his doctor, the doctor will conduct a complete diagnostic exam to learn more about th
e symptoms and rule out specific conditions. He or she may recommend specific lifestyle changes. 

In the event of total incontinence, or if the symptoms of incontinence cannot be managed, the patient may require ongoing intermittent catheterization. The doctor and/or nurses will provide information on catheter kits, offer instruction on how to self-cath, and show the patient how to maintain a sterile environment to reduce the chances of an infection. In addition, the team of specialists here at 180 Medical can provide support in choosing the correct catheter for your needs, along with answering your insurance questions, offering billing support, and more. 

Male incontinence is more common than you think. If you are experiencing symptoms of incontinence, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to get treated and improve your day-to-day life. 

3 Types of Male Catheters and Their Uses

by Jessica March 9 2015 09:37
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Have you recently been told by your doctor that you need to start using a urinary catheter? 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 which kind of catheter may best suit your needs, you can start here by discovering more about the three main types of intermittent catheters that are available for men.

Types of Male Intermittent Catheters

cure pocket catheter menAn 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 many can do all on their own.

Sometimes known as an "in and out" catheter, an intermittent catheter is considered a single-use device. Washing and reusing an intermittent catheter can increase your risk of infection, so instead, you will simply use it once to drain your bladder and then dispose of it.

Male catheters, which are typically 16 inches in length, come in a wide variety of French sizes and materials, so you can find the right one for your individual needs and preferences!

For those who may not be able to pass a straight tip catheter, whether due to a blockage, enlarged prostate, urethral stricture, or other issue, a coudé (or curved) tip catheter may be the right fit. Coudé catheters are available from most of the major brands in uncoated straight, hydrophilic, and closed system options.


The three main types of intermittent catheters are:

Straight Catheters
This type of intermittent catheter is the original technology formulated to be able to drain the bladder at regular intervals. Sometimes also known as "in and out" catheters, intermittent catheter tubes are uncoated, so they must be manually lubricated before insertion, typically by individual-use packets of sterile lubrication which can be included in your orders. These come in both straight and coudé tip, depending on the user's need. These are also available as pocket catheters, which come in a curved or U-shaped package, and can be discreetly tucked into your pocket for easy carrying. 

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Hydrophilic Catheters
This type of male catheter is similar to 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. Many brands of hydrophilic intermittent catheters offer a handling sleeve in their packaging to be able to manipulate the catheter for insertion without actually touching the tube itself, which can also reduce the risk of infection from any possible bacterial contamination on your hands. 

Some brands require a manual activation of the hydrophilic coating by a provided water packet, and there are also options where the catheter is already packaged in its own sterile saline solution and is ready to use as soon as you open it.

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Closed System Catheters
A closed system catheter is a self-contained, sterile, pre-lubricated male length catheter and a collection bag, all in one ready-to-go package. It's great for travel or for people in wheelchairs, since it eliminates the need to transfer to a toilet and no need to drain the urine into a receptacle. You can self-cath anywhere you have privacy, thanks to the self-contained collection bag. Often, closed system catheters have additional accessories such as gloves, an underpad, and an antiseptic wipe to further minimize the risk of infection. Most closed systems also feature introducer tips, which allows the catheter to bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria in the first few millimeters of the urethra upon insertion. 

One of the many types of hydrophilic catheters we carry is the GentleCath™ Glide, a hydrophilic catheter designed with FeelClean™ technology. Learn more:
   


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At 180 Medical, we specialize in intermittent catheters, and we carry all the major catheter brands and types, so you have the option to sample what might work best for you and have the freedom of choice to pick the brand you prefer.

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Alternative Types of Male Catheters

There are two other types of male catheters that are sometimes prescribed by healthcare professionals, depending upon one's condition and personal needs. If these are prescribed for you in addition to intermittent catheters, 180 Medical can provide these catheter types for you as well.

Indwelling Catheter
Sometimes called a foley catheter, this type must be inserted by a doctor or nurse. It 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 is inflated by sterile water after it reaches the bladder. Indwelling catheters are mainly for long-term use and are ideal for those who may not be able to insert a catheter themselves or maintain a regimen of intermittent catheterization. 

One of the potential downsides of using an indwelling 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 are external catheters, which are also often called Texas catheters or condom catheters. Rather than inserting a tube into the urethra to drain the bladder, this type of male catheter fits over the penis, just like a condom, and is typically held in place by adhesive. These are also attached to a leg bag or drainage bag via a longer connecting tube from the catheter tip, and this will collect the urine that may dribble throughout the day. These are for short-term use. Typically, users of external catheters will want to wear it for no longer than a day or two at a time before it will need to be changed out. Maintaining proper hygiene and changing your external catheters regularly will help minimize the possible risk of skin irritation or infections.

180 medical customer specialistUltimately, the decision about which type of catheter you should use 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 with a specialist who will take time to listen to all your concerns and preferences and find the right product to suit your individual needs. We have employees on staff with personal experience of using intermittent catheters daily, and we also offer educational materials like full-color brochures and DVDs offering step-by-step instructions of how to self-cath.

Give us a call at 1-877-688-2729. We'd love the opportunity to discuss your male catheter options with you! 



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Dealing with Incontinence After a Stroke

by Catheter Experts June 2 2014 11:39
Did you know that the month of May is Stroke Awareness Month? It's not only important to be aware of the symptoms of a stroke and to act F.A.S.T.; it's also important to know that lingering side effects such as incontinence after a stroke are not uncommon. If you're experiencing some difficulty controlling your bladder after you've recovered from a stroke, you're not alone!

Take a look at this helpful infographic about incontinence post-stroke!


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WOC Nurse Week

by Jessica April 16 2014 16:46
Sunday, April 13th, kicked off the beginning of WOC Nurse Week, which will last until April 19th. During this week, we here at 180 Medical honor and recognize the many wonderful WOC nurses across the nation. The ultimate goal of this week is to educated and make other aware of the work that WOC nurses do every day.

What is a WOC Nurse?

wocn week WOC stands for the areas in which a nurse specializes: Wound, Ostomy, and Continence. So WOC nurses specifically care and help treat patients with wounds, ostomies (urostomy, colostomy, &/or ileostomy), and/or any continence issues, such as bowel or bladder incontinence.

During a recent study conducted in home health care settings, it was found that WOC nurses can greatly affect patient improvement levels. Per this study, patients who were taken care of by a WOC (as opposed to patients who did not have a WOC nurse) were:

  • Nearly twice as likely to have improvement in pressure ulcers.
  • 20% more likely to have improvement in lower extremity ulcers.
  • 40% more likely to have improvement in surgical wounds.
  • 40% more likely to have improvement in urinary incontinence.
  • 14% more likely to have improvement in bowel incontinence.
Above information can be found at www.wocn.org.

Join Us in Honoring WOC Nurse Week

In closing, we'd like to say a special thank you to all WOC Nurses, including those with whom we are privileged to have worked with and continue to serve and those who help take care of our customers every day! We appreciate and honor your compassion, your care, and your knowledge in your field of specialization!


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 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.
 

8 Frequently Asked Questions About Catheters

by Catheter Experts March 10 2014 13:41
Urinary incontinence is unfortunately a common issue among many today. There are several men, women and children who are affected by it and their physical and social well-being are often impacted. Fortunately, with self-catheterization, you can safely and effectively control your bladder and reduce the likelihood of bladder and kidney infections.

To help you better understand catheters, we've examined the eight most frequently asked questions about catheters, along with answers.

1. What is a catheter?

A catheter is a small rubber or plastic tube that is placed in your bladder to drain your urine. Catheters are available in a number of different sizes, styles and materials. You will need to do some experimenting to determine which kind works best.

2. How does it work?

Self-catheterization only takes a few minutes and is rather easy. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and you may use clean disposal gloves if you prefer. Lubricate the tube with a water-soluble lubricant and carefully insert it into the urethra. Once the tube reaches the bladder, the urine should begin flowing through the catheter naturally. When it stops flowing, slowly remove the catheter. If it's your first time, you may want to ask your doctor to show you how to use it. After some practice, it will get easier.

3. Why do I need one?

A catheter is necessary if your bladder cannot hold all of your urine or you cannot empty your bladder completely. The catheter helps to drain and empty your bladder.

4. How long does it take to empty my bladder with a catheter?

This will ultimately depend on the diameter of the catheter and how much urine you need to release. Typically, a few seconds to a minute is the average time.

5. How will I know if it has entered my bladder?

Typically, once the catheter has entered your bladder, urine should begin to flow out of the catheter, which will continue until your bladder is fully empty.

6. When can I remove it?

You can remove the catheter once the flow of urine has stopped.

7. How often can I use a catheter?

Usually catheters are used infrequently, but it is OK to use them more regularly. This will depend upon your individual health needs. You may want to speak to your doctor if you're unsure.

8. Are there complications involved in using a catheter?

You may feel a slight burning sensation after removing the catheter, but this will pass with time and use. The more practice you have in using a catheter, the more comfortable it will become. There may also be an increased risk of Urinary Tract Infections, as well. If you encounter any symptoms of a UTI such as consistent burning in the urethra, feeling an urge to urinate more frequently than usual, fever, or cloudy urine, consult your doctor. You can reduce the risk of UTIs by using your catheter one time only.


Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of urinary catheters. It should not be used in place of a visit, call, or consultation with a physician or other health care provider. Please let us know if you have any questions, we'd be happy to help.