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As a nurse practitioner and WOCN specializing in wound, ostomy, and continence care, Amy brings a wealth of clinical experience in hospital, rehabilitation, and home health settings. Amy is passionate about helping patients navigate the healthcare system and obtain the resources they need.

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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


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


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


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


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


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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Tips for Using Intermittent Catheters when Traveling

Dec 9, 2021 12:28:28 PM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN posted in customer service


A common catheter question I hear is, “Now that I use intermittent catheters, can I travel?” The answer is yes. Whether it be for business or pleasure, you can travel with catheters. Catheter users can travel via airplanes, busses, trains, or ships to reach their destination. Here are some tips that can make traveling with catheters easier:

Regardless of your method of travel, keep several catheters in an easily accessible location. You may need to empty your bladder suddenly during your trip and having catheters on hand is a must. Consider obtaining a small travel bag for your catheters that can be kept on your lap or shoulder. Don’t forget to pack hand sanitizer, as this can make pre-cathing hand hygiene quick and easy on the go!

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Introducing ABC Medical’s Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse Specialist

Sep 15, 2021 12:45:22 PM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN

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Having a new Ostomy can be tough. In addition to healing from surgery, there is a lot to learn about caring for an Ostomy. If you were fortunate, you may have been seen by an Ostomy nurse while in the hospital or during home health visits. Your ostomy nurse may have taught you the basics of Ostomy care and made product recommendations for you. But after discharge, it can be difficult to know where to go for help if your Ostomy supplies are not meeting your needs. If you are having skin problems or leaking problems, this can usually be resolved by switching to a different or specialized Ostomy product or changing the Ostomy care routine. This is where having access to someone with an Ostomy nurse background can really help.

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Urinary Tract Infection Prevention for Users of Intermittent Catheters

Sep 15, 2021 12:25:54 PM / by Amy Landrum, MSN APRN AGNP-C CWOCN posted in customer service


If you use intermittent catheters (ICs) for bladder management, you may be concerned about urinary tract infection (UTI). First, the good news – by using intermittent catheters instead of an indwelling urethral catheter (Foley), you are already ahead of the game in terms of prevention: Research suggests that intermittent catheter users experience fewer UTIs when compared to indwelling urethral catheter users. So keep up the good work!

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