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Are Closed System Catheters Right for My Child?

Are Closed System Catheters Right for My Child?

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Does your child need to use catheters? If so, you might wonder if they’re using the right kind of catheter or if closed system catheters might be right for your child.

As a parent, guardian, or primary caregiver, your child’s health, wellbeing, and comfort are probably your top priorities. Let’s talk about some reasons why a closed system catheter could potentially be a good fit, whether they experience difficulty cathing on their own, have concerns about privacy when using catheters at school, or another issue.

Indicators That Your Child is Ready for a Closed System Catheter

1. Your child has frequent urinary tract infections.

Sometimes, intermittent catheterization can increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are also known as catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). This is especially true if your child is reusing their catheters.

First, you should know that intermittent catheters are SUDs (single-use devices). The FDA recommends using these medical supplies just once and then disposing of them.

Various options such as pre-lubricated or hydrophilic catheters can help keep the entire process of catheterization more smooth and well-lubricated from start to finish, which can help by reducing friction of the catheter against the urethra.

Closed system catheters also often include an introducer or insertion tip, which allows the catheter to bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria, which may help reduce the risk of infection as well.

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Another benefit to closed system catheters is the inclusion of insertion supplies which even further reduce the risk of UTIs by including sterile gloves and antiseptic wipes.

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2. Your child is in a wheelchair.

A very handy feature of closed system catheters is the entirely self-contained system inside a measurable bag. With a closed system catheter kit, you child has the freedom to be able to sit in their wheelchair throughout catheterization if they want.

Instead of having to transfer to a toilet throughout the day, this can conserve some of their energy. Plus, practically anywhere that allows privacy can be an option for discreet catheterization.

3. Your child has trouble remembering to wash their hands.

Hand washing is an important step of clean cathing, especially when cathing in a public restroom. It can help reduce potential contamination risks when handling one’s catheter supplies. However, when a sink and soap is not available, a closed system catheter may help minimize risk of infection from one’s hands.

The good news is that if your child can’t remember to wash their hands or just refuses to, closed system catheters may be right for your child.

Closed system catheters provide a no-touch catheterization (touch-free). Your child’s hands will never directly touch the catheter tube. For example, the popular GentleCath™ Pro comes in pediatric French sizes and provides an easy, comfortable, and sterile cathing process.

Where to Find Catheters for Children

180 Medical has specialized in providing prescribed catheters to all ages, even as young as newborns, for nearly two decades. Check out some of the many pediatric catheters we carry among many high-quality types and brands.

Keep in mind that closed system catheters may not be right for everyone. Plus, some insurance plans don’t always cover these advanced catheter types.

First, always consult with your child’s doctor. Next, contact 180 Medical. Our friendly, highly-trained specialists will gladly listen to your needs and go over your catheter options. We’re ready to help make the process of getting the supplies you need as easy as possible!

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Disclaimer: Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of catheter options available for children and adolescents. Do not use this post or any other post on 180medical.com in place of the recommendations of your doctor. For personal instructions, visit, call, or consult with your prescribing physician or other professional healthcare provider.

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Jessica is the Sr. Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, where she's worked for 12 years. She loves seeing the positive impact we make on our customers' lives through our values of compassion and education.

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