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Catheter Product News: GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheters

Catheter Product News: GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheters

At 180 Medical, we love sharing the latest scoop on new catheters. Today, we’re talking about ConvaTec GentleCath hydrophilic catheters.

What is a Hydrophilic Catheter?

First, you may be saying, “wait. What is a hydrophilic catheter?” A hydrophilic catheter is an advanced catheter type, which features a unique coating that acts like lubrication when it touches water. This means there is no need to manually apply lubricating jelly to the catheter as you would with a regular uncoated catheter.

What Are the Features of GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheters?

GentleCath hydrophilic intermittent catheters have a hydrophilic polymer that reacts with water. This unique property fully lubricates the catheter prior to insertion. You’ll never need additional lubricating jelly.

Because the coating is bonded to the catheter, the water-activated lubricant will not slough off as the catheter enters your urethra. In other words, catheterization with a GentleCath hydrophilic catheter may help make catheterization more comfortable from beginning to end.

Plus, you’ll never have to directly touch the catheter, which may help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Here are some additional features and benefits:

  • No Touch Handling Strip
    Gentlecath hydrophilic intermittent catheter with water sachet and no touch handling stripThis blue strip is on each GentleCath hydrophilic catheter, which makes it easier to handle the catheter during insertion. It also helps facilitate a more sterile, no-touch catheterization.
  • Sterile Water Sachet
    This easy-to-pop water sachet is included. So you’ll never have to search for a separate water source to activate your hydrophilic catheter. This makes cathing more convenient, whether you’re at home or on the go!
  • Wall Attachment Tab
    gentlecath hydrophilic catheter wall attachment tab packageThe package includes a blue circular wall attachment tab. When you pull off the blue circle, it reveals a sticky surface. Next, you can attach the package to the wall while you wait the 15 seconds for the water to activate the hydrophilic coating.
  • These latex-free hydrophilic catheters also feature color-coded funnels to help you determine French size.
gentlecath color coded funnels catheters

How Do I Use GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Catheters?

Take a look at this quick introductory video direct from ConvaTec, which gives you some step-by-step cathing instructions and a good look at the catheter features in action.

For more information regarding how to catheterize, feel free to call one of our trained specialists so we can walk you through that process. 180 Medical also has one-of-a-kind catheterization instruction materials we can send to you with your order. Additionally, we offer helpful online cathing instructions at

Is This Catheter Available in My Size?

GentleCath™ hydrophilic straight tip intermittent catheters are available in female length (8 inches) and male length (16 inches). Male length catheters feature French sizes from 8 Fr to 18 Fr, and the female length come in French sizes from 8 Fr to 16 Fr.

GentleCath™ hydrophilic coude tip intermittent catheters are male length (16 inches) and are available in French sizes from 8 Fr to 18 Fr.

Which GentleCath Products Does 180 Medical Carry?

180 Medical proudly carries GentleCath’s entire product line, including their 100% latex-free PVC (vinyl) straight intermittent catheters, coude tip, red rubber catheters, hydrophilic catheters and hydrophilic catheter kits.

How Can I Find the Catheter That’s Right for Me?

Just contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry form, connect to us via Live Chat, or give us a call at 1-877-688-2729 to speak to one of our highly trained, friendly specialists.

We are happy to help you find the right catheter for you, and we can verify your insurance to determine if and how these products are covered on your policy.

Call Toll-Free (877) 688-2729

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About the Author
Jessica is the Sr. Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, where she's worked for 13 years. Her favorite part of her job is getting to be creative and seeing the positive impact we can make on our customers' lives.

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