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ABC Medical Urology & Ostomy Care Blog

From Tips to Funnel Ends: Definitions for Common Urinary Catheter Terminology

Sep 6, 2023 2:08:12 PM / by Amy Landrum, APRN CWOCN posted in independence, customer service


Patients with conditions that can cause urinary incontinence—such as prostate cancer, spinal cord injuries, or urological trauma—have a lot of choices to make regarding catheter use.

Should I do intermittent cathing? Or get an indwelling catheter? What’s the difference? And what the heck is a French size?

From tried-and-true products to innovative designs for athletic and on-the-go lifestyles, catheter options are seemingly endless. Getting the best fit and style starts with learning the right words to describe the products you need.

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Meet Amy, ABC Medical’s CWOC Nurse with a Passion for Improving Patients’ Lives

Sep 6, 2023 1:52:39 PM / by ABC Medical posted in independence, customer service


If you have health concerns, you know that nurses are the front-line providers who bring an invaluable amount of skill, knowledge, and expertise to patient care. They’re compassionate caregivers who deeply respect patients and listen to their needs.

Amy Landrum, APRN, CWOCN is one of those nurses.

We asked Amy to tell us about how she became a nurse, what her specialty means, and why she cares so much for her patients.

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5 Questions You Should Be Asking About Prostate Cancer

Aug 30, 2023 4:26:49 PM / by Amy Landrum, APRN CWOCN posted in prostate cancer, cancer survivor, education, Health Tips


In today’s article we will review 5 important things to discuss with your doctor regarding prostate cancer. Before we do that, let’s do a quick review of what the prostate is. The prostate gland is located below the bladder, is about the size of a walnut, and your urethra passes through it. The prostate is essential for reproduction, as it produces fluid that helps transport and protect sperm cells. Prostate cancer develops when abnormal cells grow in the prostate gland, creating tumors. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States for men but highly treatable when caught in the early stages.

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Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Prostate Cancer

Aug 30, 2023 3:57:42 PM / by Amy Landrum, APRN CWOCN posted in prostate cancer, cancer survivor, education, Health Tips


Approximately 13% of men in the United States will get prostate cancer during their lifetime. Genetics and age play a large part in those statistics, but lifestyle choices may also impact risk. In this article, we are going to share 10 ways you can help reduce your risk of Prostate Cancer. Certain lifestyle changes may reduce the risk of developing more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, and may bring improved outcomes for individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer. Keep reading to learn more about the things you can do to help lower your risk of cancer and live a longer and healthier life.

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Return to Work Confidently: Tips for a Smooth Transition after Ostomy Surgery

Jun 21, 2023 6:11:47 PM / by Amy Landrum, APRN CWOCN


If you have had ostomy surgery, you may be wondering, or even concerned, about what it will be like to return to work with a stoma. Take heart in knowing that many people successfully work with an ostomy. There is a good chance you have met someone who is doing just that – you just didn’t realize they had a stoma. People with stomas work in every type of job imaginable, from offices to hospitals, to construction sites to public transportation. With a little planning and the proper supplies, the vast majority of workers should be able to confidently return to the job and resume their usual activities.

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Hydrophilic Catheters: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know!

Jun 21, 2023 6:11:33 PM / by Amy Landrum, APRN CWOCN


Medical technology is always evolving. Catheters are no exception. Most catheter users are familiar with the concept of applying lubricant to a catheter prior to insertion; however, there is another type of catheter available that self-lubricates and eliminates the need for added lubricant. This type of catheter is called a hydrophilic catheter.

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Cathing on a Schedule: Why It Might Be a Fit for You

Jun 21, 2023 6:11:10 PM / by Amy Landrum, APRN CWOCN


As a user of intermittent catheters, you may be wondering how frequently to empty your bladder. Additionally, if you have an underlying condition such as spinal cord injury or other forms of nerve damage, you may have reduced sensation and not “feel” the urge to urinate. In these situations, your healthcare provider may recommend a cathing schedule. Today we will discuss the benefits of adhering to a catheterization schedule and some tips to help you get started and stay on track.

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Why Ostomy Support Programs Can be a Game-changer for Many Individuals

Jun 21, 2023 9:10:23 AM / by Amy Landrum, APRN CWOCN


In this article, we will provide you with resources that can offer exceptional education and support to individuals living with an ostomy.

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Life with Catheter Supplies: Cleaning Your Urinary Drainage Bag

Apr 21, 2023 9:00:00 AM / by Amy Landrum, APRN CWOCN


Urine drainage bags are, simply stated, storage bags that collect urine for individuals who cannot urinate on their own. They are typically used with catheter supplies such as Foley catheters, external catheters (condom catheters), urostomy pouches, or nephrostomy tubes. The urine drainage bag attaches to the urinary device with flexible tubing. Drainage bags are then emptied as needed into the toilet or another receptacle.

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Urology Supplies & Lifestyle: The Significance of Keeping Intimacy Alive

Apr 14, 2023 9:00:00 AM / by ABC Medical


Sexual health is an understated component of overall health. However, some individuals might neglect this facet of their life – especially if they have a urologic condition. Urologic conditions can affect sexual health, or even lead to painful sex. Join us as we explore the importance of maintaining sexual health for those with urological conditions and/or those using urological supplies.

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