Bard Medical offers the largest range of catheters in the world that are high quality with a low cost. Bard is the world leader disease management products in the urological, vascular, and oncological supply industry with strong history in creating and constructing medical supplies for over a century. Bard is continuously updating and creating innovative products for their clients. Bard’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with the need for urological products such as catheters. Examples of their high-rated products include: Foley catheters, Foley trays, collection systems, irrigation trays and intermittent catheters and trays.
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Bard Catheters are thin, hollow tubes that are needed by people who need to manage urinary leakage, have problems urinating, have recently had a surgery that made using a catheter necessary, or have prostate problems. Bard Catheters allow people to drain urine out of their bladder by inserting the tube into the urethra. Before inserting the catheter, it is very important to remember to wash your hands. After you wash your hands, gather the supplies. If it feels weird to use your bare hands, you can always use gloves to insert the catheter.
For men, if you are not circumcised, then you must move back the foreskin on your penis. Clean the tip of your penis with an antiseptic cleaner, or however your doctor showed you. Apply the gel you were given to the tip and the top two inches of the catheter. Then with one hand, hold your penis and with the other insert the catheter gently. Do not try to force it in. Try and breathe deeply.
For women, you also must wash your hands and collect your supplies. The option of gloves instead of bare hands is still valid. Then, gently open the labia and find the urinary opening. It may be helpful to use a mirror at first. Wash your labia front to back, up and down and down the middle three times. Remember to either use an antiseptic towelette, baby wipe, or cotton balls with soap and water. If you choose to use soap and water, remember to rinse and dry thoroughly. Then apply whatever gel you were provided to the tip and the top two inches of the catheter. While you hold your labia, gently insert the catheter in the urinary opening. Do not force it. After using the catheter, clean your labia and urinary opening again like you did before you inserted the catheter. Lastly, wash your hands again.
Typically, external catheters are made for men. They can also be known as condom catheters. Men wear these catheters as they would a condom, by covering the penis. The external catheter is made of silicone. At the tip of the penis, the catheter has a hole so the urine can pour into a collection device. Bard now has created a female external catheter. Female external catheters are very different from a male external catheter. The female catheter low pressure vacuums the urine out into a vinyl tubing, then the urine enters the collection device. The tube is placed between the labia and gluteus muscles. This device does not ever enter the vagina. It is replaced at least every 8 to 12 hours.
A foley catheter, also known as an indwelling catheter, is a sterile tube that is inserted into the bladder to drain the urine from your body. Urine that is drained from the catheter ends up in a bag. This bag is emptied when full. A foley catheter is held in place by a balloon at the bottom of it. The balloon is filled with sterile water to prevent the catheter from moving from the bladder. Before inserting the indwelling catheter you must keep your genital area clean. Do not use chemical irritants in genital area before you insert the catheter. It might be more comfortable to wear loose-fitting cotton clothing.
Intermittent catheters are used when the patient need either short-term management or when this is a daily habit of the patient’s life. Intermittent catheterization is for inserting and removing the catheter various times a day. This type of catheter eliminates the need to wear a catheter that is draining constantly and continuously.
A general way to clean catheters is to wash the catheter with soap and water or an antiseptic solution. Rinse it inside and out. Then dry the catheter and put it on a clean towel. Once the catheter is dry, place it in a plastic bag.