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Pressure Injury (Bedsore) Prevention for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Jan 10, 2023 2:30:15 PM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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Having a spinal cord injury (SCI) can put you at increased risk for skin problems. One of the most serious skin complications is known as a pressure injury. Pressure injuries, also called pressure ulcers or bedsores, are wounds on the skin from unrelieved pressure due to prolonged immobility and shearing forces from sliding across surfaces. Pressure injuries result from a lack of blood flow when soft tissues are compressed between bony prominences and external surfaces such as a wheelchair or bed. The lack of blood flow damages the tissue and can cause it to die from insufficient oxygen. If enough damage is done, a wound will occur. A pressure injury can occur in as little as 2 hours of unrelieved tissue pressure.

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12 Ways to Promote Bladder Health if Using a Catheter

Nov 29, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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The urinary tract performs many functions in the body. It controls levels of fluids and electrolytes, filters toxins from the blood, regulates blood pressure, and provides an internal storage space for urine. People who use catheters live with conditions that impact the urinary tract system. Keeping the bladder healthy is especially important in these situations. In this article, we will discuss 12 things you can do to promote bladder health and keep your urinary tract in good condition.

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Helpful – and Free! – Ostomy Apps to Try

Nov 10, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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Learning that you will undergo ostomy surgery can be overwhelming. You may have questions about what to expect before, during, and after surgery. You may wonder where you can turn for additional education and support. While your medical team should always be your first resource, apps can be a useful tool for people wanting to understand more about ostomy surgery and stoma care.

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Teaching Your Child to Self-Cath

Nov 8, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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As a parent of a child who requires urinary catheterization, it is understandable that you might feel some anxiety around when and how to empower your child to use a catheter on their own. But rest assured, this is a journey that many, many children have successfully navigated before on their way to a more independent life. Part of normal child development is an ever-increasing desire for independence, including ‘owning’ their health regimen.

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Bathroom Modifications to Improve Independence and Reduce Fall Risk

Oct 19, 2022 3:59:40 PM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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Closed System Catheters and Their Qualifying Factors for Medicare

Sep 23, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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For those who are new to using catheters, it might come as a surprise just how many types of catheters and catheter brands are on the market. In addition to catheters designed specifically for males, females and even children, there are other options available, such as coated and uncoated catheters, catheters for enlarged prostates, and advanced products such as closed system catheters. In this article we’ll focus on closed system catheters, explaining their design and benefits, and then also what qualifies individuals to receive closed system catheters under Medicare guidelines.

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How Much Coverage Does Medicare Provide for Intermittent Catheters?

Aug 30, 2022 5:20:53 PM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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As a Medicare beneficiary, you may have questions about insurance coverage of your intermittent catheters. Intermittent catheters are covered by Medicare once certain criteria are met. In today’s article, we will discuss exactly what is needed to obtain Medicare coverage of your catheters.

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Uncoated vs. Hydrophilic Catheters: What’s the Difference?

Aug 4, 2022 1:13:14 PM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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If you have been diagnosed with urinary retention, your doctor may have told you to use intermittent catheters to empty your bladder. Minimizing trauma to the body during insertion is important and may reduce the risk of adverse event.[1] Making the catheter slippery prior to insertion is key to minimizing trauma and having comfortable catheterization experience.[1] There are two general options to choose from when deciding how you want to prepare the catheter and make it slippery: hydrophilic catheters and uncoated catheters.

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4 Ways to Relieve Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) at Home

Jul 8, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that is part of the male reproductive system. Many individuals will develop an enlarged prostate during their lifetime, typically after age 50. Today we will discuss some things you can do at home that may help reduce symptoms of BPH and manage the condition.

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Summertime With an Ostomy

Jun 9, 2022 3:03:02 PM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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Summer is on the way. As someone who use uses ostomy supplies, you may be curious about how warmer temperatures may impact your ostomy care routine. You may be wondering if you can pursue outdoor activities such as camping or swimming with a stoma. The good news is that with the right products from an ostomy supply company like ABC Medical, summer is no cause for worry and you can actively participate in outdoor activities. In this article, we will discuss some tips to make the most out of your summer as an ostomate.

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