Intermittent Catheters

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FEATURED INTERMITTENT CATHETERS

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INTERMITTENT CATHETERS

An Intermittent urinary catheter is a medical device used to empty the bladder when a patient is unable to do so naturally. Intermittent catheterization involves inserting and removing the catheter several times a day eliminating the need to wear a continuously draining catheter.

Intermittent catheterization is a fairly easy procedure. Most people are able to catheterize themselves, even children as young as 7 years old can learn. If you’re not physically able to do it by yourself, a parent or caregiver can help.

Intermittent catheterization may improve urinary incontinence in some people because you remove the catheter when your bladder is emptied, it frees you up for a more active lifestyle.

The chance of developing complications is reduced when using an intermittent catheter. When compared with using an indwelling catheter, you may experience an improved quality of life.

Your doctor might recommend intermittent catheterization if you have any of the following conditions:

  • urinary retention
  • incontinence
  • severe bladder problems that could result in kidney damage
  • spina bifida
  • spinal cord injury
  • certain neurological conditions

CATHERIZATION PROCESS
Intermittent catheterization may be used temporarily after certain types of surgery of the prostate, genitals, or after an abdominal hysterectomy. A healthcare provider will insert the sterilized catheter, into your urethra, which connects your genitals to your bladder. Then, you gently guide the tube into your bladder. This will cause urine to flow through the tube and into the bag. When the flow stops, you may need to move the catheter a bit to see if there’s any more urine. Once you have emptied your bladder, you can remove the catheter.

OTHER CATHETER TYPES

Hydrophilic Catheters
Hydrophilic catheters are coated with a hydrophilic polymer that becomes very slippery when wet to promote excellent gliding properties and provides lower friction when compared to other catheters. The result is a much more comfortable insertion.

Closed System Catheters
Closed system catheters are pre-lubricated catheters that are self contained, allowing for a sterile environment. It includes an introducer tip that allows the catheter to bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria located in the first few millimeters of the urethra, significantly reducing the risk of infection. Closed system catheters have an attached collection bag which allows for discreet catherizing where facilities are not available and also has the ability to measure output.

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