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Product News: CompactCath Intermittent Catheter

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At 180 Medical, we love to let you know about the newest catheters. Today, we’re spotlighting 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.
Discreet compact catheter

Features of the CompactCath

  • 16-inch length. Both men and women can use this unisex catheter.
  • Discreet design. The CompactCath catheter features a unique design that doesn’t look like a typical catheter, which allows you to stay discreet and private. It’s also small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
  • Pre-lubricated. The sheath contains silicone oil, which lubricates the length of the catheter. This reduces friction and urethral irritation.
  • Non-touch. CompactCath’s plastic case and hygiene sheath work together to create a sterile environment for no-touch insertion.
  • Improved control. The case features a control handle to hold the catheter in place. This also prevents it from coiling 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?

  1. Prepare by washing your hands, using a disinfecting wipe, and/or putting on gloves for additional protection.
  2. 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.
  3. compactcath pocket catheterAdvance the catheter tube out by pressing down on the handle and gliding the sheath out until the catheter reaches your bladder.
  4. Once your bladder is empty, aim the catheter in the desired receptacle and unplug the funnel by pushing it outwards to drain.
  5. After catheterizing, simply coil the catheter back inside the case and dispose of it discreetly and hygienically.

For more information about the process of catheterization, you can visit, which offers instructions for men, women, and children in all options for straight, hydrophilic, and closed systems.

180 Medical’s specialists can walk you through the process of catheterization. We can also send you samples of the CompactCath to try out.

CompactCath Catheter

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 you find the right intermittent catheter for your needs.

Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of how to self-cath using the unique design of the CompactCath. Do not use this information in place of a visit or consultation with your prescribing healthcare professional. 

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About the Author
Product News: CompactCath Intermittent Catheter
Jessica is the Sr. Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, and she has been with the company for over 14 years now. She loves getting to be creative in her role and hearing from customers about the positive impact we've made on their lives.

Outside of work, you can find her hanging out with her husband and their dogs or browsing garden centers (where she will almost certainly buy another houseplant she doesn't really need).