At 180 Medical, we love to keep you in the know on the newest catheter and ostomy products available, so you’re up to date on the latest supply options that might fit your needs and preferences. In this post, you can find out more about the new CompactCath catheter for males and females.
What Should I Know About the CompactCath Catheter?
All About CompactCath
CompactCath is a revolutionary new intermittent urinary catheter designed to better address some of the main concerns of catheter users, such as better discretion, convenience, and hygiene.
In 2011, a team of physicians, engineers, and business students met at Stanford’s Design for Service Innovation class with the goal of designing a new catheter solution that delivers comfort and ease of use. They approached the development of the catheter by talking to and visiting the homes of hundreds of catheter users to truly understand their needs and what they wanted from an intermittent catheter. During their research process, they found that although most catheter users had no issue catheterizing in the comfort of their homes, a majority still felt some anxiety when going out and cathing in public restrooms and other settings away from home. So the team began working to create a modern intermittent urinary catheter that is compact, convenient, and can fit seamlessly into users’ everyday routines.
Features of the CompactCath
- 16-inch length: Although this is typically male length, the CompactCath is considered unisex, so both men and women can use it.
- Discreet design: Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and comes in opaque packaging, CompactCath doesn’t look like a typical catheter, which allows users to maintain discretion and privacy.
- Pre-lubricated: The sheath contains silicone oil, which lubricates the length of the catheter tube as it is pulled out of its case. This reduces friction during the process of catheterization and reduces the risk of urethral irritation.
- Non-touch: CompactCath’s plastic case and hygiene sheath work together to create a sterile environment and provide a non-touch insertion.
- Improved control: Plastic case with a control handle to hold the catheter in place and prevents it from being coiled back into the case during the process of insertion.
- Polished eyelets and smooth surface coating: This allows for an easy and comfortable insertion and withdrawal.
- Flow control funnel: The design of the funnel prevents urine from flowing until the user is ready to drain, providing full control.
- Currently available in 12 French and 14 French sizes.
- Sterile, single-use.
Learn more about CompactCath with the below video.
How Do I Use the CompactCath Intermittent Catheter?
Prepare by washing your hands, using a disinfecting wipe, and/or putting on gloves for additional protection.
Peel open the pouch and remove the catheter. No need to pinch the body of the case, because this restricts the free movement of the wheel and can prevent the catheter from pulling out. Hold it by the rim.
Advance the catheter tube out by pressing down on the handle and gliding the sheath out until the catheter reaches your bladder.
Once your bladder is empty, aim the catheter in the desired receptacle and unplug the funnel by pushing it outwards to drain.
For more information about the process of catheterization, you can visit www.howtocath.com, which offers instructions for men, women, and children in all options for straight, hydrophilic, and closed systems.
Also, you can contact us at 180 Medical where one of our friendly, trained specialists can walk you through the process of catheterization and send you samples of the CompactCath to try out. We also offer one-of-a-kind instructional materials that can be sent to you with your order, including printed color brochures and a DVD.
How Can I Find the Catheter That’s Right For Me?
Just contact us to speak to one of our trained, friendly specialists. We’ll be glad to help find the right intermittent catheter that will best fit your individual preferences and needs, and we can also verify your insurance to determine if and how these products are covered on your policy.
Disclaimer: Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of how to self-cath using the unique design of the CompactCath. However, it should not be used in place of the recommendations for how you should catheterize based on your personal anatomy and needs. For personal instructions, consult with your prescribing physician.