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4 Things to Look For When You Need Female Catheters

by Jessica October 1 2015 17:53
Whether you have just been instructed to start using intermittent catheters or you’ve been using them for years, it’s understandably pretty tough to find the right female catheter supplier who meets all of your needs. There are many catheter suppliers out there making big claims about what they have to offer, but not all are equal in terms of giving you unparalleled service on all fronts. Here are some things to look for as you seek out the right company for your intermittent catheter supply needs.

1. Personalized, superior customer service.

Your time is valuable, and your medical needs should be a top priority to a supplier. Look for companies that deliver unparalleled customer service. Instead of long hold times or automated menus, a company that cares about your needs will deliver a quick response time from a live person when you call customer support or access live chat on their website.  When you speak with someone, you should be treated as more than just another number. Good supply companies will have knowledgeable representatives who really listen, understand your needs, and help find the right intermittent female catheter for you, based on your prescription, lifestyle, preferences and prior experiences.  

2. Specialization in catheters.

180 medical 100 satisfaction guaranteeThere are lots of medical supply companies out there, but not all of them focus specifically on catheters. Companies that deal with all kinds of medical supplies may seem like a convenient option, but their brand and product availability may be limited, and their staff may not be very well-educated on what type of catheter might be best for your needs. 180 Medical, however, specializes only in intermittent catheters and ostomy products, so they carry all major brands and types, and their trained staff is educated about the product lines they offer and the advantages of each. With employees on staff who are also catheter-users, this particular company can provide firsthand guidance and information on purchasing and using catheters that other companies may not be able to do.

3. Direct Shipping.

Why inconvenience yourself by having to pick up supplies from a pharmacy or paying for shipping each time you order, when you can get your catheter supply delivered directly to your doorstep for free? This not only saves you time and money, it also protects your privacy. A good online female catheter outlet can ship the exact product you need quickly with no hassle.

4. They take care of the paperwork for you.

You’re already dealing with enough in your life. There’s no need to act as the middle man between your doctor’s office and your catheter supplier or have to figure out all the insurance paperwork for billing. Look for a company that can communicate directly with your physician for any needed documentation and bill your insurance for you.

180 Medical can do all this and more for you. Contact us today 
at (877) 688-2729.

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What to Know About Rusch Catheters

by Jessica September 22 2015 21:04
Rusch catheters are one of the many established and trusted name-brand catheters that 180 Medical carries in their inventory.  Before you order or use any catheter, it's important to make sure you know everything you need to in order to ensure safety and effectiveness. Here are the basics to think about before choosing a catheter:

  1. Only use a catheter when recommended by your doctor and with proper training – Even though they are frequently used in the home environment, catheters are medical devices and must be used carefully. Only use a catheter when your doctor has recommended it. If your doctor recommends that you discontinue, do not keep using it. Most importantly, catheters should be inserted only by those with the proper training, which means that you will need assistance with them until you have been properly taught. The good news is that you can be shown by the nurse or doctor and can learn how to cath very quickly. 

  2. Make sure you're choosing the right product – No brand is exactly like another. Ask your doctor for their recommendation on what sort of catheter is most appropriate for your particular needs. 180 Medical carries a wide selection of intermittent catheters from all of the most quality brands on the market today, washing hands and Rusch also has a varied line of catheters to give plenty of options. This is good to know, because not every product is going to work for everyone and their specific needs. Ask your doctor for their recommendation on what sort of catheter is appropriate in your particular case. You will also want to get the correct length of catheter, which will be based on whether you are male or female, and the dimensions of your particular body. Females may sometimes prefer male length for more room to grip the catheter, which is also perfectly fine. 

  3. Ensure proper insertion – All intermittent catheters are sterile and in packaging, but you may want to clean the area surrounding your urethra to minimize the amount of bacteria and lessen the risk of infection. Depending on the type of catheter you get, you may need to lubricate it for the smoothest insertion. Regular straight catheters may require this, while pre-lubricated, closed system, and hydrophilic catheters will not. Without lubrication, insertion can be painful and even cause damage and irritation to your urethra. This also increases the risk of infection, so having a properly lubricated catheter is a must. After the bladder has been emptied, the catheter should be removed, thrown away, and the area cleaned again. You should always wash your hands thoroughly both before and after the catheterization process.

 If you have any other questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or contact us at 180 Medical! We have the expertise to help you find the right catheter for your needs!

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Catheterizing in Public Restrooms

by Jessica June 10 2015 08:02
bill f pictureMy name is Bill, and I have worked for 180 Medical for over 10 years. Nearly 26 years ago, I was involved in a motocross accident that rendered me quadriplegic. You can learn more about my story here. Over the years since then, I've been able to help and counsel others who are also dealing with life after a spinal cord injury. I am happiest when I am helping others, and these days at 180 Medical, I spend a lot of time just talking to our customers on the phone who are new to catheterizing.

One thing I get a lot of questions about is self-catheterization in public restrooms. Naturally, people new to cathing can sometimes feel a little unsure about this - from discretion to how to be as clean as possible while cathing. While some people can schedule their daily plans around their cathing routine so they can be at home when it’s time to self-catheterize, this can be limiting for those who travel, work, or have an active lifestyle. For most people, there’s not a guarantee you’ll always be at home in the comfort of your own bathroom when it is time to catheterize and empty the bladder. I’ve even spoken to some individuals who have skipped cathing to avoid having to do so in a public place, but this is not advisable, as you could be damaging your bladder and kidneys by holding urine in too long.

As a catheter-user myself, I thought I could help to shed some light on the best methods for self-cathing when you’re not at home. We hope this helps you with some ideas on how to make self-cathing away from home as easy and safe as possible.

Transporting Supplies

When planning to catheterize away from your home, whether traveling, working, or just having a day out and about, there are different ways of transporting your supplies with discretion and ease.
  • To make the catheter more discreet when carrying it, you can fold the catheter into a soft U-shape or wrap it around your hand into a circle. You just want to make sure you don’t get a kink in the catheter as this could make it difficult to use. We do offer a male length catheter that comes packaged already in a U-shape for those who don’t like to fold their catheters.  Some people are able to carry their supplies in a pocket. We also offer compact catheters, which may or may not be covered by your insurance (you can inquire with us to have your coverage verified).
  • For carrying supplies, I have heard of people using everything from their cases for eyeglasses to small bags. I talked to one gentleman who carries his supplies in a briefcase, so he has a hard surface to set his supplies on.
  • A lot of wheelchair users carry their supplies in a backpack and hang it on the back of their chair.
  • There are many different options in how to carry your supplies. With some time, you can find what will work best for you.

Sterile Preparation and Catheterization

When you are catheterizing in your own personal surroundings, you are not exposed to as many germs and bacteria that you could possibly encounter when catheterizing in a public restroom facility. You just wash your hands at the sink, go to your toilet or the area designated for your routine, and prepare your supplies accordingly.  

But when you are in a public facility, you never know what the surroundings will be like. It's important to keep the process as sterile as possible so that you can lower your risk of any infection.

Maintaining Sterility

Before you enter the stall, be sure to wash your hands with washing hands before catheterizationsoap and water. Once you have entered the stall, there probably won’t be a good, clean surface to set your supplies on. You could bring a paper towel from home to set your supplies on. Some people set their supplies on whatever they use to carry them in. You can sit on the toilet or in your wheelchair and prepare things in your lap.

The first thing you want to do is make sure your hands and the area of insertion are as clean as possible before inserting a catheter. You will have already washed your hands before entering the stall, and you may also want to use an antibacterial wipe to clean the area of insertion.

Often, if you are using a closed system or catheter with a kit, you will have wipes or swabs included to use. Some people like to apply some antibacterial gel on their hands as an extra precautionary measure. Many people also use gloves, which is especially helpful when you are in a public restroom. Often these are included with catheter kits as well. All of this would depend on what your insurance covers, however.

Lubricating Your Catheter

lubricating your catheterIf you are using a catheter with a lubrication packet separately, you may face a few more challenges than you might with an advanced product such as pre-lubricated catheters or catheters with insertion supplies.  

With time, you will figure out your own preferred method of applying lubricant to your catheter. Some people are able to tear the lubrication packet open at both ends and run the catheter through the inside of the packet to lubricate it. Some people have limited dexterity or strength, so opening the packet may require scissors which would need to be carried with the rest of your supplies.

Another option of application that I've heard is to open the catheter packaging, leave the catheter sitting inside and then apply lubrication to it. You can also open the catheter packaging about a third of the way down and squeeze the lubrication into the packaging and when pulling the catheter out drag it through the lubrication.

If you are using a pre-lubricated catheter, it should be ready to use right out of the packaging. Hydrophilic catheters will require application of water (usually included in a packet along with the catheter) in order for the lubrication to be activated. Some hydrophilic catheter brands include an easy handling sleeve to help you with handling the catheter and guiding it during insertion without actually touching the surface of the catheter tube.

Catheterization Process

Once you've prepped your supplies, sterilized your hands and the area of insertion, and made sure your catheter is lubricated, you are now ready to catheterize. Once you finish, you can then wipe off your hands and urethra and throw away the used contents in the nearest trash receptacle. Never flush a catheter, collection bag, wipes, or other catheterization accessories down a toilet.

180 Medical has one-of-a-kind catheterization instructional materials available for you to help demonstrate the catheterization procedure including easy-to-understand catheter videos and catheter insertion instructions. We have separate materials available for men, women, girls, and boys.

Have questions? Just give us a call or send us a chat online during business hours. Our staff of catheter experts will be ready to answer any catheterization questions you may have or walk you through the cathing process.  

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Bill has worked for 180 Medical for over 10 years. He loves getting to talk to our customers, sharing his first-hand experiences as a quadriplegic, and helping those with in-depth questions about self-catheterization. He enjoys spending time outdoors, as well as watching and attending motocross events. Learn more about Bill's story.

LoFric Catheters an Option at 180 Medical

by Jessica June 3 2015 12:41
If you have some experience with catheters, then you probably know that the brand and style of catheter can make a big difference in terms of comfort and results. You may have even tried a catheter that was just not right for you at all, leading to discomfort and irritation. And that can be a real problem when you need to use a catheter multiple times a day. You want the catheterization process to be as smooth and comfortable as possible.  

180 Medical carries a wide variety of intermittent catheters from the leading manufacturers and brands available on the market today. We also have a well-trained staff of friendly, knowledgeable customer specialists who can help you with your catheter choice, based on your insurance coverage and personal needs. One of the many brands we offer is Wellspect's line of hydrophilic intermittent catheters called LoFric, which is available in models for men, women, and children. Formerly known as AstraTech, Wellspect has been making high-quality, innovative medical devices for over 65 years now.

The LoFric line of catheters offer a low-friction method of inserting your catheter as smoothly as possible. They are known for being more comfortable, easier to insert, and they do not require additional lubricant. That’s right – an irritation-free, smooth cathing experience without application of separate lubricant.

This is possible because of the catheter’s hydrophilic coating, which is bonded to the surface of the catheter tube. Once this coating is activated by a small packet of sterile water that is included with the catheter, it becomes super-smooth and ready to insert. Because the hydrophilic coating is bonded to the catheter, you can experience a comfortable, well-lubricated catheterization process from insertion to removal.

This is just one recommendation out of many high-quality and respected brands. What is your preferred line of catheter? Talk to your doctor and call us at 180 Medical to find the catheter that's right for you!

Reasons Why Many Choose the Bard Touchless Catheter Kit

by Jessica May 5 2015 11:05
Anyone who has been using catheters for any length of time knows that not all of them are always comfortable for every single person. Finding the right catheter doesn’t only depend on size and length – you’ll also want one that is in the style most convenient for your needs while being easy to insert and remove with the most comfort. The specifics of what you need may vary depending on your gender, your condition, and your own sensitivity levels, but we feel confident that you can find the right catheter for yourself with little problems when you have a helpful staff of specialists on your side.

Here at 180 Medical, we carry a wide variety of intermittent catheters from the leading manufacturers and brands on the market today. We also staff well-trained customer specialists who can help you with your catheter choice, based on your insurance coverage and personal needs. One of the many brands we carry is Bard, a trusted leader in the medical supplies industry, and one of their products that many choose is the Bard Touchless line of catheter products.  

Bard is one of the most established medical device companies in the world, as they have been producing high-quality devices for over 100 years. One such quality product is their Touchless catheter kit line. A traditional intermittent catheter is a straight tube that you have to manually lubricate and then insert into your urethra to drain the bladder. The Bard Touchless Catheter Kit offers a more convenient method of self-catheterization, taking the mess and extra preparation of inserting a catheter.

The Touchless Catheter comes packaged, pre-lubricated, and ready to use, no manual handling of the catheter tube itself required. The insertion tip included helps the catheter itself bypass the first few millimeters of the urethra which is the area with the highest concentrations of bacteria. Thanks to the pre-lubrication, the catheter will slide in gently and easily with no actual hands-on contact with the tube, minimizing risk of infection. The kit also includes antiseptic wipes for cleaning the area before insertion and a urine collection bag.

This catheter, just like all products, may not be the best option for everyone across the board. But it is just one of our popular products that many people choose and love, as it presents an easier option for insertion with less prep as well as a more comfortable experience. Have you tried the Bard Touchless catheter kits yet? 

Contact us at 180 Medical with any questions that you have about these or our other products!

3 Types of Male Catheters and Their Uses

by Jessica March 9 2015 09:37
Getting older is a great blessing; we have the opportunity to experience things that give life meaning. Depending on our goals in life, we may start families, own homes, travel and see the world, and more. In each of our personal journeys over time and through experience, we develop the wisdom that a long, productive life can bring. However, with the gifts of age sometimes comes with a need for healthcare. Our bodies start to need more attention, and in some cases, assistance. That’s just part of the natural effects of aging.

In this post,man holding cane let’s look at the particular challenges of dealing with urological issues in men. A specially-designed male length intermittent catheter can assist in dealing with age- or illness-related conditions such as urethral strictures, complications from enlarged prostates, incontinence, and bladder retention, amongst others.  

Perhaps you’re researching catheters, because your doctor has determined  that a catheter is necessary for you at this time. What kinds of catheters are there for men? Here are a few of the main types that may be chosen for you.  

Intermittent Catheter

An intermittent catheter is a thin tube that is manually inserted into the urethra to drain the bladder in an easy process that people of all ages can do for themselves every day. An intermittent catheter is considered a single-use device, and it is disposable, so that you do not have to deal with washing and re-using it and risking infection. You’ll want to follow your doctor’s instructions for how often you will need to drain your bladder.  

Indwelling (Foley) Catheter

This catheter remains in place indefinitely. It is kept in place by an inflated balloon that is filled with sterile water. These kinds of catheters can only be inserted by a doctor for the purpose of long-term use.  

External (Texas) Catheter

This male catheter fits over the penis and is held in place by adhesive. Rather than being inserted into the urethra, this type of catheter collects urine that dribbles throughout the day and are usually not kept on for more than a day or two at a time. 

What catheter is chosen for you will ultimately depend on your doctor's assessment of your condition and personal needs.  

180 Medical can provide you with the supplies you need to stay on top of your health. They have a wide variety of the top brands and types available today, and their staff works with you and your doctor to find the catheter that will work best for you. 

The History of Catheters

by Jessica March 2 2015 13:05
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You might think catheters are a relatively new invention. While it’s true that catheter technology is constantly advancing, the idea of a tube to drain the bladder has been around for centuries now.

In fact, it’s been documented that catheters were used around 3,000 BC. Of course, back in those days, they didn’t have the technology to be able to manufacture catheters in flexible, sterile materials, so they had to use what was available to them. Ancient Syrians used hollow vegetation such as reeds to relieve built-up urine in the bladder.

Later on, catheters were made in brass, copper, gold, lead, and silver. Silver is still used in certain medical fields due to its antiseptic functions. Benjamin Franklin, the famous inventor as well as one of the forefathers of the United States, had a hand in the creation of a silver catheter, which was originally was for use by his brother, John. He wanted to make the process of catheterization less painful for John, and so he worked with a local smithy on a new design for a more flexible catheter of silver.

New materials continued to be discovered and used, as the quest to find a more comfortable gentlecath red rubber catheterand flexible catheter went on. The first catheters made of rubber were developed in the 1700s was more flexible, certainly, but natural rubber weakens easily when warm and becomes brittle when cold. Rubber catheters during this period of time would sometimes disintegrate or weaken at body temperature, leaving debris behind in the urethra and bladder. In the 1800s, Charles Goodyear formulated the concept of vulcanization of rubber, which was later patented in 1844 by Thomas Hancock. This advent, which improved the overall quality of rubber, revolutionized its production, and soon the majority of catheters were made of vulcanized rubber, and later in the 20th century, latex rubber became the most popular material of choice.

Overall, catheterization was a safe procedure, but there were still cases of infections. After World War II, there were many disabled veterans, many of whom had spinal cord injuries and other ailments that required them to use catheters after the war. Infections were the last thing they needed to deal with on top of their other ailments. This is when the concept of sterile catheterization was introduced by SirLudwig Guttman, a British neurologist at the time who is now considered to be one of the founding fathers of organized physical activities for people with disabilities (including the Paralympic Games in England). It was noted that this practice helped to reduce the occurrence of infections.

In time, other materials began to be utilized as technology continued to advance, including PVC (poly-vinyl-chloride) and silicone. Today, advancements in catheter technology are leaps and bounds ahead of where we were even 20 years ago. Intermittent catheters exist in many materials, sizes, brands, and types – including hydrophilic catheters, pre-lubricated, closed systems, pediatric sizes, catheters in lengths for both men and women, and more.

180 Medical has been around for over twelve years now, and we certainly know our specialty well. Contact us today to find the right catheter for your needs, so you can experience the 180 Medical difference.
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Other References: 

Carr, H. A. (2000). "A short history of the Foley catheter: from handmade instrument to infection-prevention device." 
Lapides, J., A. C. Diokno, A.C., et al. (1972). "Clean, intermittent self-catheterization in the treatment of urinary tract disease." J Urology 107(3): 458-461. 
J Endourol 7(2): 89-92. Mattelaer, J. J. and I. Billiet. (1995). "Catheters and sounds: the history of bladder catheterisation."
Paraplegia 33(8): 429-433.  Nacey, J. and B. Delahunt. (1993). "The evolution and development of the urinary catheter." Aust N Z J Surg 63(10): 815-819.

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.

Best Practices for Self-Catheterization

by Jessica December 3 2014 17:59
Intermittent catheters are a type of medical device that can be easily used by patients or their caregivers in the comfort of your own home. However, it is technically considered an invasive device, since it enters the body to drain the bladder. Therefore, it must be used properly to be fully effective and not hurt more than it helps. For instance, UTIs (urinary tract infections) are one of the most common side effects of catheter usage, but these infections and other side effects can be avoided just by following some guidelines:

Make an appropriate selection for your needs.

There are a variety of options available, but you and your treating health care provider can decide together what kind of catheter may work best for you.
  • Size:  To minimize trauma and irritation to your urethra and to maximize urine flow, the correct French size of catheter should be used. Your doctor can work with you to determine what size is most appropriate for your body.
  • Material: Latex catheters were once the most common variety of catheter material, but as increasing numbers of people experience latex allergies, other options such as vinyl and silicone have been created to accommodate for these issues, as well as providing a slightly firmer tube for easier handling.
  • Type:  Intermittent catheters come in a variety of options. Straight cure hydrophilic catheter 180 medical catheters are affordable straight tubes that are manually lubricated and come in coude (curved) insertion tip or rounded straight tip. Your doctor can determine which type of insertion tip works best for your needs. Hydrophilic catheters come ready to lubricate via activation of sterile water, and once activated, they are super slippery for ease of insertion. Closed system catheters come in what are essentially on-the-go kits that allow for sterile and convenient cathing in places like public restrooms. These also often come with an easy introducer tip to help bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria in the first few millimeters of the urethra. 

Practice proper technique.

Because a catheter is inserted into the urethra, it has the potential to introduce bacteria into the bladder. To minimize infection risks, catheter insertion should only be performed once you have been made aware of how to do so by a health care professional. Once you are home from your doctor’s office, the process of self-cathing may feel a little daunting, but with 180 Medical, you have access to specialists who can walk you through it over the phone, as well as learning materials like our DVD and booklets with step-by-step instructions.

Practice proper hygiene.

Intermittent catheters are considered single-use devices, so they should be used only once and then disposed of. While cleaning and reusing catheters may seem appealing to those who are trying to save a bit on medical supply costs, this practice makes UTIs much more likely. When you use a catheter, it’s nearly impossible to get it clean again, since it’s already been inserted into the body and contaminated by bacteria.

Using catheters once, on the other hand, means you will have a more sterile experience each and every time you self-cath. The chances of bacteria being carried into your urethra on the catheter is minimized significantly. Single use of catheters is safer and recommended by medical professionals.

One of the most important things that you will learn is the necessity of a clean environment when cathing. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before starting out. You can also keep some anti-bacterial wipes on hand with you to clean the area before insertion. Other items such as disposable gloves and an underpad to lay your supplies on can be helpful as well.    

The Basics of Coude Catheters

by Jessica November 18 2014 14:29
There are many different types and brands of catheters available today, but there are typically only two basic insertion tip types (with the exception of some variations of the two): straight tip and coudé tip. Straight is the most common type of insertion tip, but coudé catheters are also frequently used. Read on to learn more about this type of catheter insertion tip to see if it is right for your needs.

What is a coudé catheter?

The coudé tip is basically an slightly angled or curved tip on a catheter. This type of tip is best used for those who have great difficulty passing a regular straight tip catheter. This situation is most common in men, so the coudé tip is nearly always on a male length catheter. The reasons for this situation include urethral strictures, blockages, enlarged prostates, or false passages. 

Coudé Tip Catheter Types & Product Options

There are varying types of coudé catheters available 
180 medical coude catheter curesuch as an olive tip, Tiemann tip or tapered tip. Your doctor will likely determine what works best for you, based on your anatomy and the issue causing the need for a coudé. 

Coudé catheters come in a variety of products for everyone's needs and preferences, such as closed system kits, hydrophilic catheters, and intermittent straight catheters. See our product catalog for a look at some of the available options.

How to use a coudé tip catheter

There is no one right way to position the angle of the tip, depending on your body's needs. But your prescribing healthcare provider will likely spend a little time in the office to go over the process of learning to insert the catheter, including which direction to face the angle of the insertion tip. 

Many coudé tip catheters will offer a reference point on the funnel or tube of the catheter itself to see which way the coudé's angle is facing, such as a notch, bump, or guide line down the catheter tube itself, which can be of some help during insertion as well. 

After you leave the doctor's office and start using catheters at home on your own, it's natural that you might have some questions or need further assistance. 180 Medical can help. We have trained specialists available to contact during our business hours, and we also offer one-of-a-kind informational booklets about catheterization and even a DVD with step-by-step instructions. We'll do all we can to make this process easy to understand.

Finding the Right Coudé Catheter For You

180 Medical offers a variety of the top coudé-tip catheters. Coudé-tip catheter products come in intermittent catheter, hydrophilic catheter, or closed system catheter options. There is no one catheter that works best for everyone. With 180 Medical, you'll have access to the  widest selection of the top coudé tip catheters, available from the best manufacturers including ConvaTec's GentleCath line, Bard, Coloplast, Cure, Hollister, Rusch, LoFric, and more! 

Contact us today to speak with one of our friendly trained catheter specialists to get started on the road to finding the best catheter for you.

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.

Hydrophilic Catheters 101

by Jessica November 3 2014 13:43
You may have heard the term "hydrophilic catheter," and your doctor may have even discussed some of the features of this type of newer-technology product. But are you still left with some questions as to how to use a hydrophilic catheter? Or perhaps you wonder what the benefits of using this kind of device could be for you. 180 Medical makes it a point to be an available source of knowledge for you, so we'll try to help shed some light on this topic. 

What is a hydrophilic catheter?

For many years, the most common type of catheter has been the straight catheter, which is most often manually lubricated with a separate form of sterile lubrication jelly. While this is a great option that is certainly tried and true, some people still experience some pain, pressure, and discomfort during the catheterization process, due to the lubrication sloughing off of the catheter during insertion or withdrawal.

Hydrophilic catheters were created in part to help with this very situation, as well as offer a more convenient and quick solution for catheterization on the go. These catheters have a layer of coating of pre-lubrication that is bound to the surface of the tube itself, so that once the lubrication is activated, it will not slough off.

Hydrophilic catheters are activated by water or sterile saline solution, which may be present in the catheter package itself or in a separate foil packet. The pre-lubricated coating absorbs water during the activation period and creates a smooth, slippery surface perfect for giving a smooth and comfortable catheterization experience. The coating layer remains intact upon introduction into the urethra and ensures lubrication of the urethra in its entire length.

How do I use a hydrophilic catheter?

how to use a hydrophilic catheter 180 medicalHydrophilic catheters are activated by water or sterile saline solution, which may be present in the catheter package itself or in a separate foil packet.

If the catheter has a packet, you must burst it to release the water and activate the hydrophilic properties of the catheter. In order to do this, simply fold the water packet at the middle and apply pressure with your thumb and forefingers. This should release the solution.   Depending upon the brand of catheter, you'll usually allow approximately 15 to 30 seconds for the solution to fully coat the catheter and activate the hydrophilic coating. At this point, it should be ready for you to insert into the bladder, as you would normally.  

180 Medical also offers one-of-a-kind educational materials with step-by-step instructions, such as our 180 Medical DVD and our How to Cath Booklets for both men and women (offered in English and Spanish). We also have unique and helpful booklets just for kids that help to make the catheterization process more normal and less scary for children and their caregivers/parents. These great booklets also offer instructions and fun activities.

Contact us today if you have more questions!

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.