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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 may be a few key reasons why your doctor has recommended a coudé catheter instead of the standard straight tip intermittent male length catheters.

Read on to find out more of the basic information all about curved tip or coudé tip catheters, as well as how this catheter type may benefit you and your individual needs.


What is a Coudé Tip Catheter?

A coudé tip catheter is a variety of intermittent or foley catheter that is mainly available in male length (typically about 16 inches on average to accommodate for the length of the male urethra). 

It's very easy to tell the difference between the a coudé urinary catheter and 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.


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Coudé catheters are manufactured in all of the main catheter materials, including vinyl or PVC, silicone, and red rubber latex to name a few. You can get a coudé tip in most every common catheter type as well, from basic uncoated intermittent catheters, pediatric sizes, hydrophilic catheters, pre-lubricated catheters, and closed system catheters

180 Medical proudly carries one of the largest selections of catheter supplies available on the market today from all of the major manufacturers and catheter brands


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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 and boys, which is why most coudé catheters are male length or pediatric length. However, coudé catheters may be prescribed by a healthcare professional for any gender when a straight catheter does not easily pass, depending upon your individual physiology and needs.


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Will My Insurance Cover Coudé Tip Catheters?

Most major insurance companies, including Medicare and many state Medicaid programs as well as private insurance plans, will cover coudé catheters. The type and allowable amount you can receive per month will 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! We will let you know if you will have any out-of-pocket cost, and we can also work with your doctor's office to get any required 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 give you some basic instructions. They will also let you know how many times per day you will need to self-cath to drain your bladder and if you need to record your output.

Here are some basic how-to instructions for uncoated coudé catheters. For more information, visit our helpful site www.howtocath.com.

  1. Gather all of your cathing supplies and keep them nearby.
  2. wash your hands before using cathetersWash your hands, as well as the insertion site with warm soapy water. If available, you may also want to disinfect the insertion site with antiseptic swabsticks or wipes such as BZK or povidone-iodine. Just wipe the area 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 your catheter and any other used supplies away.

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

No matter what kind of intermittent catheter you need, 180 Medical can help 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. 

 

Ostomy Product Highlight: Eakin Cohesive Seals

by Jessica January 19 2017 21:12
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Are you interested in keeping up-to-date on the available catheter and ostomy supplies available on the market today? At 180 Medical, we believe that educating and informing customers is a great way to make sure you know all of your options, so we love to share the scoop on what makes some of the many products we carry so great. Today, find out a little more about a product just for ostomates: Eakin Cohesive® Seals.

What Are Eakin Cohesive® Seals?

If you ever find yourself having issues with leakage around your stoma with your normal skin barriers, this product might be a good option for you!

These moldable, moisture-absorbing rings can be manipulated into a various shapes to accommodate for just about any size of stoma. The Eakin seals may be a great addition to your ostomy pouching system, because they act as a sort of putty to fill in any possible gaps between your skin surrounding the stoma and your pouch, thereby reducing the possibility of embarrassing leaks from your ostomy system.  

What Are Some of the Features?

Eakin Seals with Cohesive® technology offer a variety of helpful benefits and have some unique features you may want to know about, including:
  • Moldable to the precise fit of your unique stoma
  • Prevents leaks and offers skin protection
  • Absorbs more moisture than other stoma seal*
  • Alcohol-free (so it won't sting your skin)
  • Resistant to fungal growth
  • Increased wear-time
  • Very skin-friendly, even for those with sensitive or already damaged skin
  • Resistant to drying out
  • Does not lose its stickiness -- in fact, the more you handle it, the better
  • Does not expire
  • May be broken or cut and rejoined to fit around more difficult sites
  • Forms a gel that protects the skin
  • Can be used with all skin barriers and pouching systems
  • Especially great for those with flush or retracted stomas
  • Suitable for all types of ostomies, including an ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy

What Are the Size Options?

The Eakin seals come in four main varieties, as shown below. You can also contact one of our Ostomy Specialists to help you determine the right size for your individual needs.

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How Do You Use Eakin Cohesive® Seals?



You can also find helpful step-by-step instructions here.

To try a sample or to find out more about this great product, give us a call to speak with one of our highly trained Ostomy Specialists, who will be happy to help you with finding the right ostomy supplies for your needs as well as verify your insurance to determine how the Eakin Cohesive® Seals are covered on your policy.

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*"Effect of a long life ostomy seal on faecal enzyme activity" by Dr Grace McGroggan, TG Eakin Ltd and Dr Lorraine Martin, Queens University, Belfast


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 

 

180 Medical Product News: Cure Ultra

by Jessica October 4 2016 10:19
Interested in keeping up with the latest catheter and ostomy products available on the market? 180 Medical is always ready to share the scoop on the newest supplies with you, and today, we'd like to introduce you to Cure Medical's latest product.

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Cure Ultra™ Female Catheter

The Cure Medical® Ultra™ is a new ready-to-use female length catheter made just for women, designed to make the catheterization experience as "no-fuss" as possible. With an easy-to-open package and a "No Roll" connector/funnel end, the Ultra™ makes self-cathing and disposal after use simple, comfortable, and quick. 

Cure Ultra Female Catheters

Here are some of the main product features:
  • Smaller package to ensure disposal of minimal materials 
  • Cure Ultra Female CatheterPolished eyelets for a smooth insertion and withdrawal
  • Pre-lubricated, so no need for additional lubrication
  • "No Roll" funnel end for ease of use
  • Easy to open packaging, which can be especially helpful for those with dexterity issues
  • Water-soluble lubricant included to create a smooth cathing experience
  • Made of high-quality material, not made with DEHP, BPA, nor latex
  • 6 inches long (female length)
  • Cure Medical donates 10% of their net income to research for a cure for spinal cord injuries and central nervous system disorders
  • Currently available in French sizes ranges from 8 to 16

How do I use the Cure Ultra™?

We offer online catheterization instructions for women at howtocath.com. We also have one-of-a-kind helpful instructional materials that can be sent to you with your order, including printed color brochures and a step-by-step DVD. 

Which Cure catheter products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical is proud to carry the Cure Medical catheter product line, including their straight catheters, coudé catheters, hydrophilic and pre-lubricated catheters, closed system catheters, pocket 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 to connect with one of our trained, friendly specialists. We are happy to help you find the right catheter for your needs, and we can verify your insurance to determine if and how these products are covered on your policy. 

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 

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.


glasses case 

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.


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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.


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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. 


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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.
 

What Type of Ostomy Wafer is Right for You?

by Jessica August 8 2016 09:15
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Whether you're new to using ostomy supplies or if you have been a seasoned ostomate for some time now, you are probably aware of the wide variety of ostomy supplies and accessories available on the market today. It's great that there are so many options available to help suit one's individual needs, but you might still be looking for the right products to fit your needs. 

Here at 180 Medical, we like to make sure you have correct and up-to-date information on your product options, so in today's blog post, we shed some light on what wafers, or skin barriers, are all about and how the right one for you can make a big difference in your ostomy experience. 

What Is a Wafer?

Ostomy pouching systems are offered in two main options: a one-piece system or a two-piece system. In a one-piece system, the wafer and pouch are all in one, which can be best for those who don't have to change out their pouches as often. For instance, many ostomates using urostomy supplies may find they don't have to change out their pouch as often, because many prefer to use drainable bags for their needs.

In a two-piece system, the wafer and pouch are separate from one another, which allows for quicker changing of your ostomy pouch. It's an easier system for those who utilize closed pouches versus drainable or for those who change their ostomy pouches more frequently, as it as it reduces the wear on skin from removing and reapplying the adhesive wafer too often.

What Types of Wafers Are Available?

flat and convex skin barrier comparison Because stoma sizes and shapes vary from person to person, there are three main types of wafers currently available on the market:
  1. Pre-cut wafers: These are manufactured for the most common sizes for circular stomas. No cutting or alterations needed on these, but not everyone's stoma is a common size or shape.
  2. Cut-to-fit wafers: These wafers come with varying sizes printed directly on them, which serve as a guide to allow you to cut your own opening to fit your individual stoma size and shape. This is a great option for those who are in between sizes or have an irregular stoma shape.
  3. Moldable Wafers: This is the newest technology on the market today. Moldable wafers provide the same benefits as the cut-to-fit wafers with some additional conveniences. They are made out of a flexible, stoma-safe material which allows you to roll the material back snugly with your thumbs or fingers to the right size and shape for your needs -- no scissors required! After the wafer, or skin barrier, is molded, it is placed on the skin around the stoma, just as with all wafers, except the moldable technology allows the material to fit more snugly around the stoma (this process is called "turtle-necking"). This provides maximum comfort and helps to prevent those leakage issues that everyone wants to avoid with their ostomy system. 

Flat Vs. Convex Wafers

Just as every individual has their own unique stoma size and shape, everyone will have some difference in protrusion lengths. While some may have a significant protrusion from the skin, others might have a stoma that lays flat with the skin, or even retreats a little bit into their body. 

Flat Wafers
For those whose stomas protrude from the body more than a quarter of an inch, the best wafer will typically be a flat variation of the wafer. This type of wafer is very flexible in order to accommodate for the contours of one's body. For those whose stomas are flat to the skin or more shallow, there may be more leakage issues, since the stoma isn't protruding enough to empty efficiently into the pouch, which can cause effluent to leak underneath the wafer and even irritate skin.

Convex Wafers
For shorter stoma protrusions, or for the stomas that lay flat or retreat inwards from the skin, the better option may be a convex wafer, which positions the hole in the center of the wafer in a bowl shape. This creates a protrusion around the stoma so it will drain cleanly and efficiently into the pouch without leakage. Convex wafers, however, are not as flexible as flat wafers, but they can save a lot of time and trouble for those with shorter stomas or more rounded abdomens.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact one of our highly-trained Ostomy Specialists during business hours at 1-877-688-2729. We'll be happy to help you find the right ostomy products and accessories for your individual needs and preferences. 

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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.
 

180 Medical Product News: Extra Long Cure Medical Pocket Catheter

by Jessica July 14 2016 10:20
Interested in keeping up with the latest catheter and ostomy products available on the market? 180 Medical is always ready to share the scoop on the newest supplies with you, and today, we'd like to introduce you to Cure Medical's latest product, the Extra Long Cure Medical® Pocket Catheter.

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What are the features of the Cure Medical® Pocket Catheter XL?

The Cure Medical® Pocket Catheter XL is an extra-long male-length catheter that was designed for those individuals who use extension tubing to make the catheter distance a little longer in order to have more room to grip or to more easily reach the receptacle such as a toilet or urinal. It is particularly handy for catheter-users who are in wheelchairs. With a catheter that is 25 inches long, there is plenty of length to help facilitate easier catheterization without having to move from one's wheelchair over to sit on a toilet. wheelchair man

Here are some of the main product features:
  • Shorter package that can be carried in a pant pocket, bag, backpack, briefcase, purse, etc.
  • Gripper sleeve to help control the catheter and more easily insert and manipulate the tube
  • Packaging features large flaps to facilitate easier opening with little effort -- can be helpful for those with some dexterity issues
  • Water-soluble lubricant included to create a smooth cathing experience
  • Made of high-quality material, not made with DEHP, BPA, nor latex
  • 25 inches long, available for use in either gender
  • Cure Medical donates 10% of their net income to research for a cure for spinal cord injuries and central nervous system disorders
  • Currently available only in 14 Fr.

How do I use the Pocket Catheter XL?

cure pocket xlThis catheter is designed to make self-cathing from a wheelchair easier without the need for a separate extension tube. After opening the package and lubricating the catheter with the provided water-soluble lubricant packet, you can begin your self-cathing routine. 

For more detailed information regarding how to self-catheterize, feel free to contact us. 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 step-by-step DVD. 


Which Cure products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical is proud to carry Cure Medical's full catheter product line, including their straight catheters, coude catheters, hydrophilic catheters, closed system catheters, pocket catheters, and more. 

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

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

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. She loves writing, playing music, creating art, and spending quality time with her dogs, friends, & family.
 

180 Medical Product News: Introducing Bard Magic3 GO Catheters

by Jessica June 29 2016 09:58
Interested in keeping up with the latest catheter and ostomy products available on the market? 180 Medical is always ready to share the scoop on the newest supplies with you, and today, we'd like to introduce you to Bard's latest products from their Magic3 line: The Magic3 GO™.

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What are the features of the Magic3 GO™?

The Magic3 GO™ is a female-length catheter which is designed to save you time and make your catheterization experience a little easier and even more discreet. Just open the catheter package, and it's ready to use.

Here are some of the main product features:bard magic 3 go female length catheter
  • Ergonomic handle for easier gripping
  • CleanGlide™ hydrogel that keeps the catheter well-lubricated and ready to use with no need for extra lubrication or a separate water pouch for hydrophilic activation
  • Three layers of silicone to make it comfortable, allergen-free, and easy to maneuver
  • Discreet, compact packaging
  • Free of latex, DEHP, and phthalates
  • Female length
  • Available in French sizes from 10 Fr to 18 Fr

How do I use the Magic3 GO™?

This catheter is designed to make self-cathing as easy as possible, so you can just open up the package and start your routine. Find out more about how to use the Magic3 GO here.

For more detailed information regarding how to self-catheterize, contact us so you can speak with one of our trained specialists. We can walk you through the process, and we also offer one-of-a-kind instructional materials that can be sent to you with your order, including printed color brochures and a step-by-step DVD. 

Which Bard products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical carries Bard's full catheter product line, including their straight catheters, red rubber catheters, coude catheters, hydrophilic catheter, closed system catheters, and more.

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

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

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. She loves writing, playing music, creating art, and spending quality time with her dogs, friends, & family.
 

Drainable or Closed?: Choosing the Right Ostomy Pouch for Your Needs

by Jessica April 27 2016 09:58
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When you first begin to use ostomy supplies, you may find that there are a lot of different types of products and accessories out there on the market today that can service your needs and even make your daily routine a little easier. Depending on the type of ostomy you have (ileostomy, urostomy, or colostomy), you may find yourself wondering which type of pouch is best for your individual preferences and needs. This post is intended to help shed some light on the differences between these two types of pouches, as well as their potential uses and benefits.

Drainable Pouchdrainable colostomy pouch

  • Drainable pouches are open-ended with some type of secure closure, such as a clamp, press and seal, velcro, etc., so that you can empty your pouch and reuse. For instance, Convatec Pouches, like the popular SUR-FIT® Natura drainable pouches, feature a wide tail-like opening for easy, safe emptying along with an Invisiclose® Lock-It-Pocket™ that rolls up to hide the tail-end opening. This closure type provides the security and comfort of a closed pouch, so you can feel confident about your drainable pouch staying secure and comfortable throughout the day. 
  • This type of pouch is most suitable for collecting liquid, such as urine, or bowel movements that are more liquid in consistency (i.e. not fully formed or thick). 
  • Does not require changing out as often as a closed pouch, so fewer pouches are used.
  • May be difficult to empty if your output is formed or of a thicker consistency.
  • Easy to empty and clean, prior to eventual disposal. 
  • Ideally should be emptied when the pouch is about half-full.
  • The outlet/closure should be cleaned of any output that may remain on the pouch after each time it is emptied.
Who Does This Type of Pouch Work Best For?
The drainable pouch is typically best for those with an ileostomy or for those with more frequent discharge/output from their stoma throughout the day. Specialized pouches with closeable drainage taps/valves are available for those with urostomies as well. Drainable pouches may be a more comfortable, reliable option than continually changing out pouches and disposing of them. 

Closed Pouch

  • Closed-end pouches are designed for one-time use only, so they must be removed and disposed of once they are full. closed end ostomy pouch
  • Cannot be emptied or reused, so you may use more product than if you were to use a drainable pouch. Typically, these are changed out once to three times a day, but the frequency is based entirely upon your individual needs and your healthcare professional's recommendations. 
  • Closed pouches are often preferred for activities such as swimming or intimate moments, just for the extra security of knowing there is no opening for any discharge to leave the pouch.
  • Most suitable for collecting fully formed bowel movements or output of a thicker consistency.
  • This style of pouch will need to be changed and disposed of even when away from home, so that is something to keep in mind when it comes time to dispose of your pouch. 
Who Does This Type of Pouch Work Best For?
If your discharge is less frequent, or if your discharge is small enough that you would only have to change out your pouch once or twice a day.

Both are effective and good quality pouching systems that are sure to meet your needs, but the choice made is typically one of personal preference as well as the type/consistency of your output. Your prescribing healthcare professional is there to discuss these more in depth with you and let you know which one may work best for your individual needs.

At 180 Medical, we have closed and disposable pouches, along with a wide array of wafers and barriers, adhesive removers, belts, and plenty of other high-quality products and accessories to choose from. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our friendly, trained Ostomy Specialists, who will be glad to work with you to find the right supplies for you. 


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

Advantages of a Catheter Kit

by Jessica March 9 2016 22:43

If you use an intermittent catheter on a regular basis, you may find yourself with a few supplies that you've got to keep track of for each catheterization. You need to have enough catheters, lubricant, gloves, etc., on hand and ready. One way to avoid having to keep track of all of these accessories in addition to your catheter is to just use a catheter kit instead.

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Some advantages of a catheter kit include:
  1. Privacy and ease of use – A closed-system catheter kit includes a flexible catheter as well as accessories that further help to prevent the risk of urinary tract infections. With an all-in-one package, the catheter kit is easier to transport and use privately and quickly. You can self-cath just about anywhere - whether at home, in a public restroom stall, or any other private space. 
  2. The introducer tip – Most catheter kits today include an introducer tip, which is a lubricated tip which enters the first quarter inch or so of the urethra, which is the part that with the highest concentration of bacteria. closed system collection bagThus, when the actual catheter is deployed from the introducer tip, it is already beyond the main bacteria risk area and is far less likely to push bacteria into the body along with it.
  3. Pre-lubricated – Catheter kits typically have a pre-lubricated, sterilized catheter so that you do not have to lubricate it yourself.
  4. A collection bag – Although you may prefer to drain your catheter directly into a toilet or urinal, there can be advantages to using a collection bag. It allows you to inspect the urine for discharge, measure how much there is, and make sure you're not dehydrated. 
  5. Options for the mobility-impaired and limited dexterity – Most catheter kits are perfect for those in wheelchairs. If you have limited hand strength, there are special kits available to make the catheter easier to use correctly. You can ask one of our Product Specialists about these catheter kits. 
  6. Everything included all in one – Probably the biggest advantage of a catheter kit is that it includes everything you could need all in one place. You don't have to remember to pack your gloves when you walk out the door in the morning—they're in there. Sterilizing pads? Also there. Everything you need to use your catheter is in the kit, in the quantity you need, ready to go.

Questions about finding a catheter that's right for your needs? 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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Knowing Which Colostomy Product is Right for You

by Jessica September 10 2015 19:35
If you have a colostomy, then you need to make sure you have the products that are best for your individual situation and preferences. There are many options to choose from in the world of ostomy products, including many styles of pouching systems -- but it doesn't have to be confusing. Here's a breakdown of all the major colostomy product options:

  • Two-piece design: A two-piece colostomy pouch is the classic design, widely trusted by many patients and practitioners. In this design, the wafer that attaches to the skin around the stoma is a separate piece from the actual collection pouch, most often called a skin barrier. This allows you to easily position and secure the wafer without the pouch getting in the way. With this style of colostomy pouch, you want to make sure that you get a tight seal between the skin barrier and the pouch itself. Many brands have developed simple methods, such as a two-click attachment, so you know for sure whether the pouch is firmly attached and resistant to leakage. 
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  • One-piece design: The one-piece colostomy pouch is designed to be simpler and involve fewer steps than the two-piece design. The entire pouch is one piece with the skin barrier already attached, ready to be fitted directly over the stoma. This means that once it's on, there's nothing else to attach and no worry about leakage between the two pieces. However, you must take care to make sure you get a complete seal when you place it over the stoma for attachment to your skin.  
  • Closed-end: Closed-end pouches do not have a drain or opening that will allow you to empty the bag and reuse. These pouches are designed to be used once and then thrown away once they are full or nearly full. 
  • Drainable: Drainable pouches have a drain on the bottom that can be opened or closed to allow the contents to drain out into a toilet. This means that you can continue using each pouch for a longer period of time rather than replacing it every time it's full, as you do with the closed-end pouches. However, this is entirely a personal preference according to which fits you and your routine more.  
  • Pediatric: Separate sizes are available for children and will usually be less cumbersome and more appropriate than adult sizes, depending on the child.

At 180 Medical, we have all of these options available and more, including accessories. Contact us to speak to a knowledgeable, friendly Ostomy Specialist today.

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