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Tips for Managing Urinary Incontinence in the Winter

by Jessica February 23 2017 09:40

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. There are a number of causes, ranging from getting older, childbirth, accidents, nerve damage, and other interrelated conditions. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges as well. An individual may leak urine occasionally or during physical activity only, or there may be no warning at all before a sudden and intense urge to urinate. 

If you are currently living with incontinence, you are certainly not the only one. In fact, it's quite common; people just don't talk as openly or comfortably about it as other conditions. According to the Urinary Care Foundation, a quarter to a third of men and women in the United States has some form of urinary incontinence. When medication or other treatment methods such as surgery are not enough, intermittent catheters may be prescribed to help manage the incontinence. 

older couple in winter As we are now in the winter season, it's important to prepare yourself for the symptoms of urinary incontinence to maintain your day-to-day life.

Here are several things to keep in mind:


Stay Hydrated: It might seem counter-intuitive to drink more liquids to manage urinary incontinence, but hydration is important for managing the urinary system as well as maintaining the health of your entire body. Dehydration can cause thickening of the urine, which may irritate the bladder. You lose water every time you breathe, especially in the cold, dry weather in winter. Even though you may not feel dehydrated, monitor your fluid intake just to be on the safe side. 

Avoid Diuretics: Pay attention to the types of fluid you drink. In winter, you may be more likely to drink tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, which all contain levels of caffeine. Caffeine is a known diuretic, which can irritate the bladder and worsen the symptoms of incontinence.

Empty Your Bladder Before Leaving the House: Symptoms of urinary incontinence often come without warning. Before you leave the house on a day when you know you are going to be gone for a while, use the restroom beforehand to ensure your bladder is empty. This is especially important in winter when extreme weather occurrences are more likely, which may create traffic delays and other issues which might keep you away from a bathroom. 

If you use intermittent catheters to manage urinary incontinence, we have a wide variety of catheters to choose from. Contact us today to learn more about our products, services, and more. 

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Why Do I Need to Use Coudé Catheters?

by Jessica February 16 2017 02:19
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Have you been recently told you need to use a catheter with a coudé tip? There are a few key reasons why the coudé catheter is often utilized in place of the standard straight tip variety of intermittent male length catheters, and we'll shed some light on that as well as letting you know some of the basic information about a coudé and how this can benefit you, based on your individual needs. 

What is a Coudé Tip Catheter?

A coudé tip catheter is a variety of intermittent or foley catheter (most often available in male length, which is typically about 16 inches on average to accommodate for the length of the male urethra). Instead of the standard straight tip catheter, the insertion tip of the coudé catheter is bent or curved slightly, almost like an elbow. In fact, the French word for elbow is how the coudé catheter got its name.

These are available from most of the major brands on the market today and are manufactured in all of the main catheter materials (vinyl, silicone, and red rubber latex varieties). You can get a coudé tip in most every common catheter type as well, from basic straight intermittent catheters, pediatric sizes, hydrophilic and pre-lubricated catheters, and closed system catheters. 

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When is a Coudé Tip Catheter Necessary?

Coudé catheters are generally only used when a standard straight tip catheter cannot be inserted easily or comfortably. This is due to a few reasons, usually related to a stricture or blockage in the urethra, which is the tube in the body which carries urine from the bladder outside of the body. The curved tip of a coudé catheter is often a better choice to bypassing those problem areas and drain the bladder with far less discomfort. 

A few of the most common factors that contribute to this need:
  • Enlarged prostate (or benign prostatic hyperplasia, almost known as BPH)
  • Prior prostate surgery
  • False passages in the urethra or a stoma
  • Radiation in the pelvic area to treat cancer
  • Those with urinary stricture disease or urethral trauma
The majority of coudé catheter-users are men or occasionally boys, which is why most coudé catheters are male length or pediatric length. However, they can be used for any gender when a straight catheter does not pass, depending upon your individual physiology and needs.

Will My Insurance Cover Coudé Tip Catheters?

Most major insurance companies, including Medicare and many state Medicaid programs, cover coudé catheters, although the amount you can receive per month will likely depend upon your specific policy's coverage. 

Medicare, for instance, will typically cover up to 200 catheters per month (enough to self-cath between 6 and 7 times a day in a 30 day period), as long as there is a doctor's prescription for that amount as well as some supporting documentation offering justification why a coudé tip is necessary rather than the standard straight tip.  

At 180 Medical, we can handle verifying your insurance coverage to determine how your policy will cover your catheters and let you know if you will have any out-of-pocket cost, and we will also work with your doctor's office to get the necessary documentation, so that's one less thing for you to worry about as you begin your journey of learning to self-cath with a coudé catheter.

How Do I Insert and Use a Coudé Catheter?

Your prescribing healthcare professional will likely offer help and instructions in their facility or office, as well as letting you know how many times per day you will need to self-cath. But here are some basic how-to instructions for coude catheters that should help.

  1. Gather all of your cathing supplies and keep them nearby.lubricating the catheter
  2. Wash your hands, as well as the insertion site with warm soapy water. If available, disinfect using betadine swabsticks or wipes, wiping with a circular motion around the urethral opening. This may help reduce risk of infection. 
  3. If available, put on gloves to further reduce risk of contamination of the supplies by any possible germs left on your hands.
  4. Take your catheter out of the package and lubricate it with a sterile, water-soluble lubricant.
  5. While holding the penis gently in one hand, use your other hand to hold the catheter. Pull the penis up and hold it at a 45-degree angle away from your stomach.
  6. Insert the catheter slowly into your urethra. Some brands of coudé catheters have helpful guide dots or stripes available to help you keep the curve of the coudé tip in the angle and direction as  your doctor has suggested/shown you. If there is any resistance when the catheter reaches the sphincter muscle of your bladder, take a deep breath and gently apply steady pressure but do not force the catheter.
  7. When the urine begins to flow, insert the catheter a little further and lower the penis to allow your urine to flow into the toilet, urinal, or other receptacle.
  8. Once the flow of urine has stopped, you can slowly remove the catheter. 
  9. Throw catheter away.

We can also send you full-color instructional brochures and videos that will walk you through the catheterization process step-by-step with visuals. 

No matter what kind of intermittent catheter you need, 180 Medical can help you find the right supplies for you and your individual needs and preferences. Give us a call today at 1 (877) 688-2729 to speak with one of our highly-trained, friendly Product Specialists to discuss your catheter options. 


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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 

 

Ostomy Product Highlight: Eakin Cohesive Seals

by Jessica January 19 2017 21:12
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Are you interested in keeping up-to-date on the available catheter and ostomy supplies available on the market today? At 180 Medical, we believe that educating and informing customers is a great way to make sure you know all of your options, so we love to share the scoop on what makes some of the many products we carry so great. Today, find out a little more about a product just for ostomates: Eakin Cohesive® Seals.

What Are Eakin Cohesive® Seals?

If you ever find yourself having issues with leakage around your stoma with your normal skin barriers, this product might be a good option for you!

These moldable, moisture-absorbing rings can be manipulated into a various shapes to accommodate for just about any size of stoma. The Eakin seals may be a great addition to your ostomy pouching system, because they act as a sort of putty to fill in any possible gaps between your skin surrounding the stoma and your pouch, thereby reducing the possibility of embarrassing leaks from your ostomy system.  

What Are Some of the Features?

Eakin Seals with Cohesive® technology offer a variety of helpful benefits and have some unique features you may want to know about, including:
  • Moldable to the precise fit of your unique stoma
  • Prevents leaks and offers skin protection
  • Absorbs more moisture than other stoma seal*
  • Alcohol-free (so it won't sting your skin)
  • Resistant to fungal growth
  • Increased wear-time
  • Very skin-friendly, even for those with sensitive or already damaged skin
  • Resistant to drying out
  • Does not lose its stickiness -- in fact, the more you handle it, the better
  • Does not expire
  • May be broken or cut and rejoined to fit around more difficult sites
  • Forms a gel that protects the skin
  • Can be used with all skin barriers and pouching systems
  • Especially great for those with flush or retracted stomas
  • Suitable for all types of ostomies, including an ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy

What Are the Size Options?

The Eakin seals come in four main varieties, as shown below. You can also contact one of our Ostomy Specialists to help you determine the right size for your individual needs.

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How Do You Use Eakin Cohesive® Seals?



You can also find helpful step-by-step instructions here.

To try a sample or to find out more about this great product, give us a call to speak with one of our highly trained Ostomy Specialists, who will be happy to help you with finding the right ostomy supplies for your needs as well as verify your insurance to determine how the Eakin Cohesive® Seals are covered on your policy.

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*"Effect of a long life ostomy seal on faecal enzyme activity" by Dr Grace McGroggan, TG Eakin Ltd and Dr Lorraine Martin, Queens University, Belfast


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 

 

What to Know About Folic Acid Awareness Week

by Jessica January 10 2017 19:42


January 8th through the 14th of this year is National Folic Acid Awareness Week, and we encourage all of our customers and readers of our blog to mark the dates on their calendars. If you want to take it a step further, share this post with your friends and family to help raise awareness. Folic acid is a vitamin that every person needs, but it is especially important for women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. With that in mind, here are a few notes about folic acid and its importance.

What is Folic Acid?

healthy pregnancy with folic acidFolic acid is an essential B vitamin the body needs to produce new cells. This is helpful for fetal development in the womb, but many others also take it for cardiovascular, brain, and nervous system support. 

Folate and folic acid are the same thing; folic acid is just the man-made version. You can get an adequate amount of folic acid in most pre-natal vitamins, but you can also get folate naturally in certain food sources, such as:

  • Lentils
  • Dark green vegetables such as spinach, turnip greens, or asparagus
  • Beans (pinto, garbanzo, black, kidney, and more)
  • Cruciferous veggies like broccoli

What Birth Defects Could Be Caused by a Lack of Folic Acid?

There are primarily two:

1. Spina Bifida is a life-long condition which occurs when the neural tube doesn't completely close while in the womb, leaving the spinal cord often unprotected, depending on the severity of the condition. This can result in paralysis or poor limb function, neurogenic bladder and bowel issues, muscle weakness, and more.
2. Anencephaly is another condition associated with a lack of folic acid, which ultimately causes death because the brain does not completely form.

The CDC says that an adequate amount of folic acid could reduce the chances of having these birth defects by as much as 70%.

How Much Folic Acid Is Needed?

Pregnant women or women who are trying to get pregnant should aim for at least 400 micrograms of folate or folic acid at least a month before getting pregnant and every day during pregnancy. The easiest way to achieve this is by taking a pre-natal multivitamin supplement, although folate can also be taken in through natural food sources, such as the examples listed above. 

For more information about Spina Bifida, visit us at 180medical.com today.

Steps to Receiving Your Ostomy Supplies

by Jessica January 6 2017 12:40
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When you've just had an ostomy surgery, whether for a urostomy, colostomy, or ileostomy, the last thing you may want to spend time on is searching for which supplies you need. Especially for newer ostomates, the process of figuring out the type of products and accessories you might need for dressing and pouching your stoma can be a challenge when there are so many product options on the market today. 180 Medical is here to help you navigate the maze and figure out the right ostomy supplies for your individual needs, whether you're new to having an ostomy or have been wearing your ostomy appliances for years. 

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Sizing It Right

The most important factor in finding the best fit is getting the size right for your stoma first. There is no one-size-fits-all option for stomas, since they vary so much from person to person, so finding out how big around your stoma is and far it protrudes (if at all) is the main key to identifying the right size for your ostomy supplies, particularly skin barriers and one-piece systems, since these will attach to your skin directly over the stoma. Getting the right fit is especially important, since this will help keep you more comfortable while lessening risk of leakage or skin irritation.

Once you know your stoma measurement, the best way to know how your ostomy appliance works for you is to try it out and wear it for a few days. 
One thing to keep in mind is that, after your surgery, your stoma size could shift in the first 8-12 weeks, especially, as it begins to heal post-surgery, so your first measurement may change over time. 

If you don't have an exact measurement ready, take a coin and use that as a comparison for your stoma size as a close estimate. For instance, a stoma about the size of a dime will be a lot different and require a different wafer size than a stoma the size of a quarter.  

Getting Your Order Started

Aside from your stoma size, you may be asked some additional questions such as the skin condition around the stoma, the shape of the abdomen, and a few other factors which will help your ostomy specialist figure out the best fit for you, together with you and any recommendations or requirements made by your prescribing healthcare provider. 

The rest of the information we need to get your order started is simple demographic information, your surgery type (colostomy, ileostomy, and/or urostomy), as well as your doctor's name and insurance information so we can verify your coverage for your needed supplies.

Once we go over the basics such as your out-of-pocket cost (if any), review your order details, and any other questions or concerns you might have, you can sit back and relax while 180 Medical does the heavy lifting for you!

couple in hammock We handle getting any documentation and prescription information that your insurance might require, pack your supplies with care, and ship them right to your front door. You can rest easy knowing that we bill your insurance for our order without upfront costs, and we offer free shipping as well. 

There are many other advantages of working with ostomy product experts like 180 Medical. When you contact us, you will be put in touch with an ostomy product specialist who can help determine the right options based on your preferences, size, and any other requirements. We offer top quality supplies from one of the world's premier ostomy appliance manufacturers, ConvaTec. We can even send some samples for you to try out before placing an order so you can know how a product works for you before you place your order. In addition, we work closely with a team of ostomy nurses who can assist with any medical questions, so you can rest easy knowing that help is only a phone call away.

At 180 Medical, we have closed and disposable pouches, along with a wide array of wafers and barriers, adhesive removers, belts, and plenty of other high-quality products and accessories to choose from. If you have any questions or if you would like to receive a ConvaTec free sample, contact our friendly, trained Ostomy Specialists, who will be glad to work with you to find the right supplies for you. 


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Lindsey has worked for 180 Medical for 2 and a half years. She is a Level III Ostomy Specialist. Her favorite thing about 180 Medical is how all of her co-workers are so compassionate and truly want to help others every day.

Tips for Prevention of Birth Defects

by Jessica January 4 2017 12:51
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, which was created to raise awareness of birth defects and educate the public on potential causes as well as prevention and treatment options. 1 in 33 babies born in the United States will have a birth defect of some kind. To put things in perspective, this means that every four and a half minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect. 

Birth defects are caused by problems in how organs and body parts form while the fetus develops in the womb. There are more than 4,000 different kinds of birth defects out there, including structural heart issues as well as spina bifida. Spina Bifida, for example, is one common condition which can require the use of catheters to go to the bathroom. Spina Bifida's effects can range from mild to as severe as causing some paralyzation, limited mobility, and even a neurogenic bladder (which can cause urinary incontinence and retention).

Tips to Lessen Risk of Birth Defects

It's not possible to prevent the risk of every possible birth defect, unfortunately. That being said, here are a few tips that may help maximize the chances of having a healthy baby:

  • Take a Folate/Folic Acid Supplement: Low folate levels have been linked to birth defects. Those who plan to become pregnant should aim for at least 400 micrograms of folate every day, starting a month before pregnancy and every day during pregnancy.
  • Get Prenatal Care as Soon as Possible: This will ensure that any potential medical issues are caught early on, and you can get the care and information you need to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Your healthcare professional can advise you best on the right nutrition and exercises during the stages of your pregnancy.
  • Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco: These can greatly increase the risk of birth defects. Consult with your healthcare professional on which prescription medications you can continue throughout your pregnancy. 
  • Stay Healthy for You and Your Baby: Prevent infections by avoiding being around people who are sick, and be sure to keep your hands well-washed, especially before and after preparing foods. Seek medical care for any issues of concern. 

For more information, visit the National Birth Defects Prevention Network. Their website offers preventative tips, printable brochures and posters, as well as helpful resources.

2016 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Focus on Marina

by Jessica December 22 2016 12:38
Earlier in the year, we were finally able to announce the names of this year's 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients after much deliberation. It was difficult to narrow it down to only seven recipients, because there were so many deserving candidates with inspirational backstories and exciting goals, whether to be able to return to school after a long absence in hopes to renew a career path or just starting out as a college freshman with dreams of being able to help others with their future job. We are truly honored to be able to help these seven students get a little closer to their goals. 

We will continue to feature each one of our recipients on our blog, so sign up for our newsletter so you can get notified every time we publish a new blog. Previously, we have featured MacyJared, TiffanySpencerMaria, and Nicole. Today, meet the last of our 2016 recipients, Marina!

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Marina is no stranger to a challenge. She was born with a host of medical issues, including a neurogenic bladder and a chronic illness, and when she wasn't at the hospital or at home dealing with the setbacks of her condition, she also had to deal with some discrimination in school. But through it all, she has maintained a level of positive thinking and inner strength that is truly inspiring. She states, "I decided at a very early age that I would not let this setback define who I was, but rather who I will become."

In addition to working hard to keep a high GPA and maintaining her status on the Honor Roll, she also participates in extreme snowboarding, kickboxing, running, and volunteering however she can in her community. She is also always open to helping out a peer or another adolescent with advice and support before and after their surgeries. 

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Thanks to her experience, both of living with her conditions and in helping others, she feels she has discovered her core characteristics and her true ambitions -- to become a nurse. "In addition to a solid education, experience goes a long way towards creating our best and most compassionate nurses," Marina says, and we're sure that her experiences will lead her to be a truly great nurse! 

180 Medical is honored to offer an annual scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, ostomies (ileostomy, urostomy, and/or colostomy), and/or a neurogenic bladder. We know paying for college isn't easy these days, and we also understand that there can often be extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. That's why we created this program. To learn more about our annual College Scholarship, visit our Scholarship page

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 

 

Holiday Fun at 180 Medical

by Jessica December 14 2016 20:58
Here at 180 Medical, we love to celebrate holidays, and one way we have some fun at work around this time of year is our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, which we held on Friday, December 9th. We were so happy to have all of our employees from our remote offices around the country here with us at the headquarters for that night's annual Christmas Party as well.

The morning started off great with an opportunity to get some hot chocolate and doughnuts in order to raise funds to make boxes of love for spinal cord injury patients transitioning back to normal life back at home after leaving rehabilitation therapy. Everyone was excited to participate and help out with the fundraiser, which was put on by our 180 Way Committee. Plus, the hot chocolate with all the fun fixings was a perfect treat that morning with the recent cold weather.

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Another super-fun part of the day was an option to take some silly pictures with our co-workers and teammates in a Christmas Photo Booth.

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One thing that makes every year at 180 Medical special is the opportunity to participate in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Christmas Charity. We had an amazing turnout from our employees who gave to the children involved in the program with over 100 items purchased this year. It's a wonderful feeling to know we can help make it a great Christmas for kids and their families, as well as work alongside such compassionate people.

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Overall, it was a great day that ended with a evening of dancing, dining, and more at our annual Christmas Party in downtown Oklahoma City. It's so nice to be able to have fun at work, in between taking care of our awesome customers, and that's just one of the many reasons why 180 Medical is such a great place to work. In fact, we've been named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for seven years! 

Are you ready to become a part of the 180 Medical family? Check out our Careers page for more information and to apply.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 

 

2016 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Focus on Nicole

by Jessica December 9 2016 19:53
Earlier in the year, we were finally able to announce the names of this year's 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients after much deliberation. It was difficult to narrow it down to only seven recipients, because there were so many deserving candidates with inspirational backstories and exciting goals, whether to be able to return to school after a long absence in hopes to renew a career path or just starting out as a college freshman with dreams of being able to help others with their future job. We are truly honored to be able to help these seven students get a little closer to their goals. 

We will continue to feature each one of our recipients on our blog, so sign up for our newsletter so you can get notified every time we publish a new blog. Previously, we have featured MacyJared, TiffanySpencer, and Maria. This week, meet Nicole!

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Nicole is an inspiring young woman who has been through many surgeries and hospital stays due to complication with a rare disease known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Despite all of this, focusing on her education was her top priority. Although she felt that her condition and the outcome of various surgeries were out of her control, her grades and her drive to succeed were both something she could absolutely control.

Thanks to ileostomy surgery, she is living a happy, healthy life again. Not only is she dedicated to helping others, she offers support and enjoys educating others about living with an ostomy on her own YouTube channel. She also loves to spend time volunteering as a counselor and nurse aid at Youth Rally, which is a great camp for kids and adolescents who have conditions of the bowel and/or bladder that offers motivational and education sessions and opportunities. She has also mentored young girls as a counselor at GIRLS Academy. Now, her focus continues with her schooling as she works toward earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing. 
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Because of her first-hand experiences with illness, surgeries, and recovery, as well as her involvement in offering advice and support to others living with an ostomy, we're sure that Nicole will be an excellent nurse, and we wish her the best of luck as she continues on with her schooling. 

180 Medical is honored to offer an annual scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, ostomies (ileostomy, urostomy, and/or colostomy), and/or a neurogenic bladder. We know paying for college isn't easy these days, and we also understand that there can often be extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. That's why we created this program. To learn more about our annual College Scholarship, visit our Scholarship page

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 

 

All About Catheter Eyelets

by Jessica December 8 2016 08:34
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When considering the brand or type of urinary catheter you'll be using, the eyelets might not be the first thing you think of as an important feature. As a matter of fact, the quality, size, and placement of the eyelets can add or detract greatly from your overall catheterization experience. We hope to offer you a more detailed explanation of why that is, as well as the possible options that are available so that you, together with your prescribing health professional, can make the right decision on what intermittent catheter may work best for you.

What Are Catheter Eyelets?

The eyelets of a catheter are the small holes located typically on or around the insertion tip of an intermittent catheter. These are placed here so that when the catheter enters the bladder, the urine can enter the passage of the catheter tube and then drain out accordingly.

Punched Vs. Polished Catheter Eyelets

catheter eyelets close up One of the first and perhaps most obvious differences between intermittent catheter eyelets would be how the eyelets are created during the manufacturing process.

One way to create a catheter eyelet is by literally punching a hole in the material, sometimes called "cold-punching." While this will create eyelets that do their intended job, some catheter-users find that punched eyelets are a little rougher and the edges can create some discomfort as the catheter moves through their urethra.  

Many catheter products being manufactured today have eyelets that are polished. Polishing the holes makes the edges much smoother, which allows for a more comfortable catheterization with less friction. 

Size and Shape of Catheter Eyelets 

The catheter eyelets can vary from brand to brand in terms of shape and size. Larger eyelets may allow urine to drain a little faster, as will having two or more eyelets versus just one. Smaller or fewer eyelets will allow the urine to flow a little more slowly from one's bladder. However, this also depends upon the brand itself, as some catheter types may also have more narrow interior passages due to their unique layering, which could also account for slower drainage.

Another point to take into consideration is that the shape of the catheter eyelets may also play a role in how comfortable a catheter may feel. In an in vitro study in 2014, researchers looked at how eyelet shape affects the surface tissue of the urethra. It was determined that wider drainage eyelets allowed more tissue to dip into the hole, which may create a feeling of discomfort, irritation, or friction. This might be another aspect to consider when looking at your catheter options.

Finding a Catheter That's Right For You

There are many intermittent catheter brands and types out there, and we know that the wide selection can be overwhelming, especially when you’re learning to self-cath for the first time. And of course, there is no one catheter brand that works best for everyone. We have a wide variety of intermittent catheters for men, women, and children from all of the top catheter brands available today, and since we specialize in catheters, we know our business from top to bottom. If you find your current catheter is not as comfortable of an experience as you feel it should be, or if you are ready to try out some alternate products, feel free to contact us to speak with of our highly-trained, friendly specialists today.

References: Walker M, Lambrethsen J, Winther T (2014). In vitro testing of tissue deformation by catheter eyelets

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.