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Honoring Urology Nurses & Associates Week

by Jessica November 7 2017 05:47
At 180 Medical, we like to make sure we take time to recognize the hard work, care, and dedication that urology nurses and associates give in their jobs day in and day out. This week, in particular, is of great importance, because from November 1st to the 7th, it's Urology Nurses and Associates Week, a time to honor all of the contributions that urology professionals have made as well as the positive impact they make on their patients' lives.



Urology nurses, assistants, doctors, and associates play a crucial role in the care of their patients' overall well-being. It takes a truly compassionate person to care about their patients' health and listen to them when they discuss the symptoms they're having, which can sometimes feel embarrassing or difficult to talk about due to the private nature of some urological conditions. Being empathetic and kind is just as big a part of their job as it is to be fully trained and knowledgeable about the various conditions that can affect their patients, such as neurogenic bladder, prostate cancer, incontinence, bladder retention, urinary tract infections, and other illnesses that may affect any part or the whole of the urinary system.

urology nurses associates week 2017  180 medical rep quoteWhether they work in roles with surgery, office visits, testing, or even demonstrating to their patient how to use an intermittent catheter for the very first time, urology nurses and associates all have important roles in healthcare, and that's why Urology Nurses and Associates Week was established back in 2006 by the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA). 180 Medical is a proud corporate sponsor of SUNA, and we are glad to do what we can to raise awareness and recognize the incredible importance of the work they do.

"Urology nurses often tell me that they want their patients to feel like family, not just another patient or a number, and I'm happy to work for a company that feels the same way," says Krista Howard, one of 180 Medical's Urology Territory Specialists. "When they refer their patients to 180 Medical, they know they will receive the same level of care and compassion that urology nurses give every day in their jobs."

Since we provide intermittent catheters, urostomy supplies, and other urological supplies, we regularly interact with urology offices and the nurses at these great facilities. We feel honored to be chosen as a preferred provider for their patients' much-needed medical supplies, and we're proud to act as an extension of all of the urology nurses, doctors, and associates at their facilities by offering their patients the right supplies they need to turn their lives around, alongside superior customer service and the kind of compassion we know our customers deserve.

If your life has been touched by a urology nurse or associate, we encourage you to reach out and let them know about the positive impact they made on you during a time when you needed a kind word and a helping hand during this week. They truly deserve recognition for all the hard work they do.


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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.

 

The Importance of Seeing a Urologist

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

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

What to Expect at an Annual Exam with a Urologist

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

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

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

Bladder Cancer and Other Factors to Consider

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

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

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

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

Year-Round Maintenance of Your Urinary System's Health

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

This may include such advice as:

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

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

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

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

The Importance of National Doctors' Day

by Jessica March 30 2016 12:23

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2016 is the 83rd year to celebrate and recognize National Doctors' Day in the United States. The very first Doctor’s Day to be observed on record was March 30th, 1933, when Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decide to take a day to honor physicians for their hard work and dedication to their occupations. She and others who participated in the first Doctors' Day mailed out kind greeting cards letting physicians know how important their work is. Others placed flowers and other tokens on the graves of doctors who had passed away already. 

President George H.W. Bush signed National Doctors' Day into public law, which officially designated March 30th of every year as the day to recognize doctors for their contributions to healing and changing lives. It's a great time to call attention to the dedication and commitment of physicians across the country who work to better the quality of others' lives.

Their work certainly does not go unnoticed at 180 Medical, and this is a day we gladly celebrate. We are honored to be able to work with many of the top urologists, rehabilitation physicians, and doctors specializing in ostomies. We would like to thank all doctors around the country and the world for the amazing work you do every day and the ways that you, too, exemplify the 180 way. 

National Doctors’ Day is just one day out of the year, but we are thankful and appreciative for you every day of our lives!

Source: http://www.doctorsday.org/



About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 6 years and currently works as Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. 
 

How Your Urinary System Works

by Jessica January 8 2016 19:25

At 180 Medical, we strive to make sure you have all the information you need to stay as healthy as possible when it comes to your catheterization needs. Here’s a helpful infographic with information on how your body works to process waste via the urinary system (also known as the renal system). 

Contact us at 180 Medical if you're seeking a catheter supplier. We have the expertise to help you find the right catheter for your needs!

180 Medical Honors Urology Nurses and Associates Week

by Jessica November 3 2015 18:19
Urology Nurses and Associates Week has begun as of this Monday, and we like to take time each year to emphasize the importance of this week. We issued a press release earlier to highlight our enthusiasm for this celebration of nurses and medical professional who work so hard to provide the care needed for their patients. 
Happy Urology Nurses and Associates Week from 180 Medical
180 medical representativeEach year, Urology Nurses and Associates Week takes place in the first week of November, dedicated specifically to the nurses, nurses' assistants, and other healthcare workers that have chosen the field of urology. Each of them serves a crucial role within the healthcare system. Some work primarily in continence care, providing the education and support our customers' need to live their lives as normally as possible. Others act in roles within oncology, surgery, cystoscopy, urodynamics, and more. No matter where they work and the position they serve, they provide a necessary role that is integral to their patients' well-being. 

As providers of intermittent catheters and other urological supplies, we interact with urology nurses daily, taking time to understand what is needed for their patients. We're grateful to all urology nurses, associates, and doctors for choosing 180 Medical to provide their patients with their needed catheter supplies along with top-notch customer service. Here are a few reasons why they choose us and consistently stick with us for patient referrals:

  • One-stop Referral Option: Nurses are busy, and convenience is one of the many reasons they choose 180 Medical for their patient referrals. 
    There's not a lot of time in their packed day to seek out a provider that can handle supply needs and is also contracted with that specific patient's insurance company. 180 Medical understands that nurses need a quick and efficient option to fill out a referral so that their patients can obtain the supplies they need. With 180 Medical, it's as simple as faxing or emailing the referral to us. From there, we work hard to process and verify the patient's insurance and call them within the same day during business hours. If we don't carry the supplies the patient needs, or if we happen to not be contracted with that patient's insurance, we personally handle finding and referring the patient to a company that can! This way, we make sure the patient can get their needed medical supplies, whether we end up supplying them or not. 
  • Individualized Care: At 180 Medical, we understand that every situation is different. Each patient's needs are as unique as the individuals themselves. Our customer specialists will work hard to get the best product for each patient, while working with the urology nurse's recommendations. We also take time to educate patients on how best to use a catheter hygienically, even offering time to help them with a step-by-step walk-through of the process of catheterization. This helps the referring nurse or associate to lessen any follow-up needs on their part. 
Urology Nurses and Associates Week was started to create awareness about the tireless effort that urology nurses perform, as well as the illnesses and conditions that cause urological issues, including spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, neurogenic bladder, and more. While many people may feel some fear or concern after being told they will need to use catheters, whether short-term or permanently, urology nurses help by offering solutions that will allow the patient to feel comfortable with their daily routines including self-catheterization and other options. They not only teach them how to function as normally as possible once again; they provide the physical and emotional support that is often needed in these situations. Sometimes all it takes is a listening ear, other times it takes a guiding hand to show what is possible. Urology nurses have helped so many patients in so many situations, so it's impossible to describe all that they do and how they positively affect others' lives. 

We are proud of being able to act as an extension of the compassionate care and service of all of the urology nurses, doctors, and associates at their facilities. We encourage our readers to promote this well-deserved week. 

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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

It 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.


Interstitial Cystitis 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.

180 Medical Recognizes National Doctor's Day

by Jessica March 28 2014 10:40

This Sunday, March 30th, 2014, marks the 81st National Doctors' Day in the USA. 180 Medical wishes to recognize and honor the significance of this day and honor the many special urologists, rehabilitation doctors, general practitioners, and other physicians that we are proud to know and serve.

History of Doctors' Day

The very first Doctors' Day to be observed on record was March 30th, 1933, when Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, created and implemented a day solely to honor physicians. On this first observance in 1933, greeting cards were mailed, and many also placed flowers on the graves of deceased doctors.

In 1990, National Doctors' Day was signed into public laws to designate March 30th of every year as the official day to recognize physicians and their many contributions to learning, teaching, healing, and changing lives.

180 Medical's Special Message for Doctors on this Day

To all of the great physicians out there, today, all of us at 180 Medical would like to thank you for all that you do every day, you strive diligently to improve the quality of life for others. The great care you demonstrate in your work does not go unnoticed by us.

National Doctors' Day is just one day out of the year, but our gratitude for you is year-round!


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for almost 5 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.

UTI Facts: Preventative Care and Management

by Catheter Experts March 25 2014 08:52
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are incredibly common and result in millions of visits to doctor's offices every year. At 180 Medical, many of us not only have first-hand experience with urinary tract infection; we also frequently talked to customers who have trouble with recurrent UTIs.

One of our goals at 180 Medical is to provide you with the information you need to succeed in turning your health and life around, so we’ve prepared this educational infographic, which should give you a bit more information about Urinary Tract Infections, what they are exactly, what symptoms are, and some basic prevention and care tips.


If you are currently experiencing what you believe to be a Urinary Tract Infection, contact your healthcare professional to schedule an appointment as soon as possible so that they can treat you appropriately.

If you currently use catheters and are experiencing recurrent UTIs, please give one of our trained specialists a call at 1-877-688-2729, and they can discuss your options for products which may help to reduce the risk of recurrence of UTIs.
  

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44th Annual SUNA Conference Approaching

by Jessica September 26 2013 09:57

180 Medical is a proud corporate member sponsor of the 44th Annual SUNA (Society of Urologic Nurses & Associates) Conference, which is coming soon on October 11-14, 2013. Register today and join your nursing colleagues for this awesome annual event held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL.

This year’s seminar will feature various workshops, education sessions, networking opportunities, social events, advanced practice tracks, and an exhibit hall featuring the latest products and services in the field of urology.

180 Medical will be in attendance as well, so please come on by and visit us at Booth #219!

For more information on the event or to register, please see SUNA’s event page at http://event.suna.org.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for four 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 fun, caring company.