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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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Lifestyle Changes that May Alleviate Urinary Incontinence

Apr 5, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by ABC Medical

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Urinary incontinence, or accidentally leaking urine, can happen to anyone. However, incontinence most commonly affects older adults and women. Thankfully, there are ways to control or cure urinary incontinence. Your healthcare provider can work with you to discuss your bladder control concerns and treatment options. 

 

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What Does the Adjustment to Life with a Spinal Cord Injury Look Like?

Mar 29, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by ABC Medical

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How to Stay Warm after a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Mar 28, 2022 3:04:49 PM / by ABC Medical posted in accessibility, independent living, spinal cord injury, Navigator

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There is no question your life will change after a spinal cord injury (SCI). While slight fluctuations in body temperature throughout the day are normal, a person with a spinal cord injury may have difficulty staying warm when the temperature drops. Individuals with a SCI may have reduced sensitivity to changes in heat or cold especially if they have poor circulation or a lack of sensation below the level of injury.

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Yes, You Can Still Do These 5 Surprising Things with Indwelling Catheters

Mar 22, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by ABC Medical

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An indwelling catheter, or Foley catheter, is a thin, flexible tube placed in your bladder and connected to drainage bag for urine collection. It is different from intermittent catheterization, because the catheter is left in place to continually drain urine into a collection bag. Some people have an indwelling catheter placed through the urethra. Others may have their catheter inserted through a surgically created opening in the lower abdomen, also known as a suprapubic catheter.

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Legends Ranked #6 Ahead of Wheelchair Basketball Nationals This Spring

Mar 16, 2022 1:55:55 PM / by ABC Medical posted in adaptive sports, adaptbelievecompete stories, NASM

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The Adult Division Executive Committee of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) has announced the 2021-22 February Power Rankings for Adult Division I, Adult Division II and Adult Division III. These are the third set of power rankings released for the Adult Division in the 2021-22 NWBA season.

 

The final set of rankings, that will serve as seedings for national tournaments, will be published on Tuesday, March 22.

 

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