Helping to manage your plaque psoriasis!

Helping to manage your plaque psoriasis!


THEY’RE MEDICAL DEVICES
ROUTINELY USED BY BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. AND AS A GROWING NUMBER
OF THE US POPULATION AGES, IT’S A DEVICE CERTAIN TO INCREASE IN
DEMAND AND USE. AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT URINARY
CATHETERS. AND WHILE A SENSITIVE MEDICAL TOPIC, NO DOUBT, IT’S
ONE THAT REALLY MERITS DISCUSSION.
WITH US TO DO EXACTLY THAT, NIKKI MCCORMICK, MANAGING
DIRECTOR FOR WELLSPECT HEALTHCARE. ALSO JOINING US THIS
MORNING IS DR. MATTHEW SAND, A UROLOGIST WITH THE SHEPHERD
CENTER IN ATLANTA. AND LATER ON WE’RE GOING TO GET A CLOSE UP
AND PERSONAL CONVERSATION WITH TWO CATHETER USERS. YOUNG
ADULTS, BENEFITING FROM THE USE OF STATE OF THE ART CATHETERS.
HERE TO LEND THEIR PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE ON THIS IMPORTANT
TOPIC. GOOD MORNING TO BOTH OF YOU.
GOOD MORNING. NIKKI, LET ME START WITH YOU.
LET’S TALK ABOUT EXACTLY WHAT IS A URINARY CATHETER AND WHAT IT’S
USED FOR. OK, WELL, INTIMATE IN
CATHETERIZATION IS THE SECOND BEST WAY TO ENTER YOUR BLADDER.
THE FIRST WAY IS WHAT YOU AND DO VOLUNTARILY EVERY DAY.
SURE. IT’S A SPECIAL TUBE CALLED A
CATHETER THAT’S INSERTED INTO THE BLADDER. IT DRAINS THE URINE
AND THEN IS REMOVED AND DISCARDED. SO, IT ALLOWS THE
BLADDER TO WORK NORMALLY, FILLING AND EMPTYING AS NEEDED.
AND THERE ARE MANY CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE THE BLADDER TO NOT
WORK PROPERLY, FOR INSTANCE, SPINAL CORD INJURY.
THAT’S RIGHT. MS, SPINAL BIFODA.
THE AGING PROCESS. SO, INTIMATE IN CATHETERIZATION ALLOWS THE
BLADDER TO WORKING NORMALLY AND LOFRIC AND HARD TO FILL IT
CATHETER THAT ALLOWS THE PATIENT TO USE THAT PRODUCT AND MAINTAIN
THEIR BLADDER HEALTH. DOCTOR, OBVIOUSLY THE MAKE UP OF
A MAN AND WOMAN ARE DIFFERENT. SO, ARE CATHETERS DESIGNED
DIFFERENTLY FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL? SURE. THE ULTIMATE DESIGN OF THE
CATHETER IS SIMILAR. IT’S THE LENGTH OF THE CATHETER THAT’S
DIFFERENT, THE MALE AND FEMALE URINARY TRACT ARE OF DIFFERENT
LENGTHS. SO, THAT’S THE MAIN DIFFERENCE.
NOW, NIKKI, YOUR COMPANY DEVELOPED AND INVENTED THE
HYDROPHILIC CATHETER. TELL ME MORE ABOUT THAT.
WELLSPECT FORMALLY ASTERTECK, INVENTED THE LOFRIC CATHETER
BACK IN 1983. AND WE’VE CONTINUED TO DEVELOP AND INVOLVE
THE PRODUCT DURING THAT TIME UP UNTIL THE PRESENT DAY OF THE
NEWER PRODUCTS LIKE LOFRIC ORIGO AND LOFRIC SENSE. SO, WE’VE BEEN
AROUND A LONG TIME. HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE AND WE CONTINUE TO
AFER 30 YEARS OF BEING AN EXPERT IN THE INTIMATE IN
CATHETERIZATION MARKET, WE’RE LEADERS IN INNOVATION, QUALITY,
DEVELOPMENT AND PROVIDING EDUCATION MATERIALS FOR USERS
AND HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. SO, AS A COMPANY WE STRIVE TO
PASSIONATELY MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE TO EVERY ONE EVERY
DAY THAT USES OUR PRODUCTS AND THAT’S IMPORTANT.
SURE. IF IT HAS TO FIT IN TO YOUR
LIFESTYLE. AND SO, AND WE WANT TO CONTINUE EVOLVE AND DEVELOP
AND PROVIDE A SOLUTION FOR OUR USERS.
AND DOCTOR, YOU OBVIOUSLY, BEING A UROLOGIST, WHAT’S THE FEEDBACK
YOU’VE GOTTEN FROM PATIENTS WITH THE LOFRIC LINE?
IT’S BEEN A VERY VERY POSITIVE FEEDBACK. MANY TIMES I’LL EXPOSE
PATIENTS TO THIS TYPE CATHETER AND THEY’RE SURPRISED AT HOW
EASY IT IS TO PASS A CATHETER, HOW SMOOTH THE CATHETER IS AND
IT REALLY DOES CHANGE THEIR DAY TO DAY LIFE AND IMPROVES IT. AND
OVERALL THEY’VE BEEN VERY SATISFIED WITH THIS TYPE OF
CATHETER. WHICH IS GREAT BECAUSE WHEN YOU
FIRST THINK ABOUT THE WORDING, YOU HEAR THE WORD CATHETER, YOU
IMMEDIATELY KIND OF CRINGE, BUT YET, THERE COULD BE A DIFFERENCE
WHERE IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SO PAINFUL.
RIGHT. IT’S A DELICATE TOPIC IN GENERAL. ANYTHING THAT CAN BE
DONE TO MAKE IT EASIER FROM A DAY TO DAY STANDPOINT, YOU KNOW,
WE’RE ALWAYS IN FAVOR OF. NIKKI, SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT
IS HEALTH INSURANCE AND IF IT’S COVERED.
YES. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT?
YEAH, MOST INSURANCE PROVIDERS WILL COVER INTIMATE CATHETERS
BUT WHAT’S REALLY EXCITING IS YOU CAN HAVE LOFRIC, WHICH IS
THE SUPERIOR CLINICALLY PROVEN PRODUCT, THE MOST DOCUMENTED
CATHETER IN THE WORLD, AND IT’S A NO EXTRA COST TO YOUR
HEALTHCARE INSURANCE. AND WHEN YOUR CATHETERIZING UP TO 2,000
TIMES A YEAR, NOT ONLY IS BLADDER HEALTH IMPORTANT BUT
IT’S VITAL TO KEEPING HEALTHCARE COSTS DOWN.
AND DOCTOR, I REALLY DO APPLAUD PATIENTS TODAY BEING THEIR OWN
ADVOCATES. IT’S REALLY COME A LONG WAY. YEAH, THERE’S VERY
IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT, ESPECIALLY WITH MEDICAL
PRODUCTS, THE GENERIC PRESCRIPTION, LIKE A GENERIC
MEDICAL TABLET IS NOT THE SAME THING AS GENERIC MEDICAL DEVICE
AND I’M ALWAYS ENCOURAGING PATIENTS TO BE AWARE OF WHAT
DEVICES WE’RE RECOMMENDING AND MAKE SURE THEY’RE CONTINUING TO
USE WHAT’S WHAT WE’RE WRITING FOR BECAUSE IT’S A BIG
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GENERIC MEDICAL DEVICE
AND A TRADE MEDICAL DEVICE. AND I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD
TO SPEAKING NOW WITH OUR NEXT GUEST.
I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DOCTOR THANK YOU SO MUCH.
REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. AND WHEN WE RETURN, WE ARE GOING
TO MEET TWO REMARKABLE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO’VE MET LIFE’S
CHALLENGES HEAD ON. LIVING PROOF THAT GREAT ATTITUDE AND GREAT
TECHNOLOGY TOGETHER CAN AND DO PRODUCE GREAT THINGS.
MORE, WHEN THE BALANCING ACT RETURNS. STAY RIGHT THERE. (SINGING)
I GOT CAST ON THE GLEE PROJECT. I’M ENTERING A REALITY TV SHOW
AND THIS IS MY REAL LIFE. (SINGING)
WELCOME BACK EVERYONE. WE’RE JOINED BY TWO REMARKABLE PEOPLE,
ALI STROKER AND JESSIE BILLAUER. SO ACCOMPLISHED AND CATHETER
USERS AS WELL. GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR JOINING ME. THANK YOU.
NOW, I KNOW BOTH OF YOU ARE PATIENT AMBASSADORS FOR
WELLSPECT. TELL ME WHAT LEAD UP TO THAT ALI?
I WAS IN A CAR ACCIDENT WHEN I WAS TWO YEARS OLD WHICH LEFT ME
PARALYZED FROM THE CHEST DOWN AND I HAVE A SPINAL CORD INJURY.
AND YOU JESSE? I ACTUALLY GOT HURT SURFING
RIGHT BEFORE TURNING PROFESSIONAL.
IT’S JUST SO AMAZING HOW THIS INJURY THAT YOU BOTH ENDURED HAS
NOT STOPPED YOU. YOU’VE DONE SO MUCH AND I WANT ALL OUR VIEWERS
TO KNOW. I MEAN YOU ARE AN ACTRESS, YOU’RE A SINGER, TELL
ME EVERYTHING YOU’VE DONE. I STARTED SINGING WHEN I WAS 6
YEARS OLD AND LAST YEAR, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ON THE
GLEE PROJECT AND GLEE. AND THAT REALLY CHANGED MY LIFE AND I
REALLY FEEL LIKE I AM FOLLOWING AND ACHIEVING MY DREAMS.
THAT’S GREAT. AND BREAKING NEWS HERE, BECAUSE JESSE, IS STILL
SURFING. JESSE I’M GOING TO SHOW SOME PICTURES OF YOU AND
JUST TELL ME, MY GOODNESS, IT’S AMAZING THAT YOU STILL DO THIS.
YEAH, YOU KNOW, I GREW UP SURFING SINCE I WAS 9 YEARS OLD.
AND GOT SPONSORED WHEN I WAS 12, TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD AND
THEN AT 17, I ENDED UP BREAKING MY NECK AND YOU KNOW, I WANTED
TO BE PRO SURFER SO INSTEAD OF DOING THAT I STARTED AN
ORGANIZATION CALLED LIFE ROLLS ON. WHERE WE TAKE PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES SURFING AND SKATEBOARDING. WE DO IT ALL OVER
THE COUNTRY, IN FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA, NEW JERSEY,
VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA, NEW YORK.
GOOD FOR YOU. AND YOU KNOW, WE GIVE THEM AN
OPPORTUNITY TO GET THAT INDEPENDENCE, THAT FREEDOM. AND
THE PROGRAM IS CALLED THEY WILL SURF AGAIN, THEY WILL SKATE
AGAIN. AND YOU KNOW, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL FEELING TO GIVE BACK.
FABULOUS. AND I KNOW YOU ARE GIVEN BACK
ALSO BY BEING A PATIENT AMBASSADOR TO WELLSPECT. TELL ME
ABOUT THAT AND TELL ME ABOUT HOW YOU’RE VERY OPEN ABOUT USING A
CATHETER AND IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO DO THAT.
ABSOLUTELY, I THINK IT’S ESSENTIAL TO OPEN UP THE
CONVERSATION BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF FEAR AND EMBARRASSMENT
AROUND CATHETERIZATION. AND THERE ARE PRODUCTS OUT THERE. I
USE THE LOFRIC SENSE AND IT’S SMALL AND CAN CONVENIENT AND CAN
JUST THROW IT IN THE FRONT OF MY SUITCASE OR IN MY PURSE AND IT
BLENDS RIGHT IN WITH MY LADY PRODUCTS AND IT’S REALLY MADE MY
LIFE A LOT EASIER. AND JESSE, WHY HAS IT MADE A
DIFFERENCE FOR YOU TO USE THIS ONE?
I USE THE HYDROKIT. AND FOR ME, IT’S JUST SOMETHING THAT HAS
ALLOWED ME TO CONTINUE DOING TO THE THINGS THAT I LOVE WITHOUT
HAVING THE COMPLICATIONS OF BLADDER INFECTIONS WHICH I HAD
BEFORE I USED THESE PRODUCTS. SO, I MEAN, THIS COMPANY HAS
OBVIOUSLY CHANGED MY LIFE AND TO BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK TO THE
COMMUNITY AND TO LET THEM KNOW ABOUT IT, THAT’S REALLY WHAT
MEANS A LOT. SO, THEY DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE BLADDER
INFECTIONS, THE STAY AT HOME, NOT BEING ABLE TO DO THE THINGS
THAT THEY LOVE, SO. AND THAT’S THE ONE THING THAT
COMES TO MY MIND WHEN I THINK OF CATHETER USERS, I THINK, OH MY
GOSH, THE POOR, THE INFECTIONS, THE ANTIBIOTICS, AND IT’S MADE A
DIFFERENCE FOR YOU TOO. THIS LOFRIC.
YEAH, IT’S MADE A HUGE HUGE DIFFERENCE. I USED TO HAVE UTI’S
EVERY MONTH. OH MY GOODNESS.
AND ON AND OFF OF ANTIBIOTICS AND SO SWITCHING OVER TO LOFRIC
REALLY HAS CHANGED THAT AND MADE MY LIFE A LOT EASIER.
ALRIGHT SO WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA NOW?
HOW HIGH ARE THE WAVES, JESSE? YEAH, I THINK RIGHT NOW, I THINK
FORT LAUDERDALE IS PROBABLY LIKE 1 TO 2 INCHES.
OH THAT’S NOTHING FOR YOU RIGHT? BUT YOU KNOW, YEAH.
PIECE OF CAKE. I WOULDN’T EVEN DO THAT.
YEAH. FISHING.
AND YOU LET US KNOW WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO BE ON STAGE AGAIN?
ABSOLUTELY. WELL, GOOD LUCK TO BOTH OF YOU.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE TODAY. YOU GUYS ARE SUCH GREAT
ROLE MODELS. REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
THANK YOU. AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU AS WELL,
OK? AND OF COURSE IF YOU WANT TO
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