Types Of Catheters For Urine
At 180 Medical, we believe it is very important to understand the catheter supplies you are using. We have compiled some information about different types of catheters and their benefits. In this way, you can make the right decision with the attending physician on which intermittent catheter to use written by Dr. Hasanat Alamgir.
The basis of intermittent catheters
First of all, remember that there is no catheter for everyone. Our catheter experts at 180 Medical understand that your needs and body shape are unique to you, so we will work with you to find the best product options possible.
Catheters come in a variety of different materials, which can provide different benefits. For example, if you wish to use a more rigid catheter, you may need a vinyl catheter. If you want something very soft, then a red rubber latex catheter may be a better choice.
The main conduit materials to understand are:
The material you choose depends on personal preference. However, 180 Medical catheter experts can provide you with free samples to help you try various options before placing a complete order.
Catheter French size and length
Your prescribing doctor will determine your ideal catheter size, which is the diameter of the catheter. However, you can let them know that the prescribed French catheter size feels too small or too big.
Although you can choose special sizes beyond this range, most catheters have a range between 10 French and 20 Fr. In addition, if your child needs catheterization, you can use a pediatric-sized catheter.
Curious about the different length catheters available?
The three main catheter lengths to know are:
- Male length conduit (usually 16 inches)
- Female length catheter (usually 6 to 8 inches)
- A pediatric catheter (10 inches)
- Catheterization skills
The two main types of catheter insertion tips are:
- Kuday Tipping
Most catheter users use standard straight tip catheters. The insertion tip of the Coudé tip catheter has a curve, which may be better for patients who have difficulty passing straight catheters.
Since this need occurs most often in men due to conditions such as enlarged prostate or obstruction of the urethra, Coudé catheters can usually be used in male or pediatric lengths.
If you think you need a catheter, please tell your doctor. They must make a formal decision on which catheter insertion tip is best for you.
The three most common types of intermittent catheters
The three different types of catheters are:
Straight catheters are considered to be the standard configuration and have the original technology of many catheters. However, innovations in all different types of catheters are constantly evolving, which may help increase comfort and convenience. For example, polished drain holes can make insertion and extraction feel smoother.
Since the straight intermittent catheter is not coated, it needs to be lubricated before use. A sterile disposable lubrication package can be used, or the required amount of lubrication can be obtained from a grease tube.
Linear intermittent catheter 180 medical
As with all intermittent catheters, the insertion tip of the catheter is at one end. Depending on the manufacturer and manufacturer, the conduit may have 1-4 drainage holes, but most have one or two. Insert the tip into your urethra or stoma to empty the bladder.
There is usually a funnel at the other end, which can be used as a handle to guide urine to the toilet or urinal. Some people prefer to use the funnel as a connector for the drain bag.
Sometimes, people may prefer a catheter without a funnel. This is called a luer end catheter.
Linear intermittent catheter
Hydrophilic catheters are very similar to straight intermittent catheters. What makes this catheter unique is its special hydrophilic coating, once activated by water, the coating acts as lubrication.
The coating adheres to the surface of the catheter and becomes smooth when wet. This makes catheterization more comfortable and reduces friction in the urethra.
Most variants of hydrophilic catheters include a sterile water bag in the catheter package, which is easily ruptured under pressure. This will soak the catheter and activate its lubrication.
Hydrophilic catheters are the best choice because they have the best comfort and ease of use whether you are at home, work/school, or on the go.
The closed system catheter is unique because the pre-lubricated or hydrophilic catheter is located in a sterile collection bag, which is an independent environment. Depending on the brand, the size of the collection bag will vary, but most of them are metered so you can measure the output.
Since the system is fully integrated as a whole, you can conduct self-service access anywhere with privacy.
Closed system catheter illustration 180 medical closed system is an excellent choice to reduce the risk of UTI and bladder infections for the following reasons:
1. The conduit of the closed system is “non-contact” because you should never touch the conduit directly.
2. The soft pre-lubricated cap (called the introducer tip) helps the catheter pass through the highest concentration of bacteria when you insert it. This reduces the possibility of pushing pathogens into the urethra and into the bladder, thereby minimizing the risk of infection.
3. Many closed system catheters also come with insertion supplies to help you prepare the catheter. Many of these catheter kits will include catheter accessories, such as gloves, pads or drape, gauze, sterile wipes or cotton swabs, and even garbage bags, in order to protect your privacy.
The closed system is popular among people in wheelchairs because it enables them to self-clean intermittently without having to move from the chair to the toilet every time. It is also needed by frequent travelers and those who prefer convenient and hygienic packaging.
Which catheter is right for me?
After a thorough assessment of your medical condition and needs, you should decide with your prescribing physician which type and size of the intermittent catheter to use.
At 180 Medical, we learned that it can sometimes be embarrassing to talk about personal issues, such as whether a catheter is needed. When you call us to start your first order, you can rest assured that your questions and concerns will receive the respect and sympathy they deserve.
We also recognize that you are a unique individual with unique needs. Our catheter experts will take all these factors into consideration when we tailor and customize catheter supply orders based on the doctor’s prescription, insurance plan coverage, and your preferences.
Together, we can find the right catheter from one of the many brands we own.