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Advantages of a Catheter Kit

by Jessica March 9 2016 22:43

If you use an intermittent catheter on a regular basis, you may find yourself with a few supplies that you've got to keep track of for each catheterization. You need to have enough catheters, lubricant, gloves, etc., on hand and ready. One way to avoid having to keep track of all of these accessories in addition to your catheter is to just use a catheter kit instead.

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Some advantages of a catheter kit include:
  1. Privacy and ease of use – A closed-system catheter kit includes a flexible catheter as well as accessories that further help to prevent the risk of urinary tract infections. With an all-in-one package, the catheter kit is easier to transport and use privately and quickly. You can self-cath just about anywhere - whether at home, in a public restroom stall, or any other private space. 
  2. The introducer tip – Most catheter kits today include an introducer tip, which is a lubricated tip which enters the first quarter inch or so of the urethra, which is the part that with the highest concentration of bacteria. closed system collection bagThus, when the actual catheter is deployed from the introducer tip, it is already beyond the main bacteria risk area and is far less likely to push bacteria into the body along with it.
  3. Pre-lubricated – Catheter kits typically have a pre-lubricated, sterilized catheter so that you do not have to lubricate it yourself.
  4. A collection bag – Although you may prefer to drain your catheter directly into a toilet or urinal, there can be advantages to using a collection bag. It allows you to inspect the urine for discharge, measure how much there is, and make sure you're not dehydrated. 
  5. Options for the mobility-impaired and limited dexterity – Most catheter kits are perfect for those in wheelchairs. If you have limited hand strength, there are special kits available to make the catheter easier to use correctly. You can ask one of our Product Specialists about these catheter kits. 
  6. Everything included all in one – Probably the biggest advantage of a catheter kit is that it includes everything you could need all in one place. You don't have to remember to pack your gloves when you walk out the door in the morning—they're in there. Sterilizing pads? Also there. Everything you need to use your catheter is in the kit, in the quantity you need, ready to go.

Questions about finding a catheter that's right for your needs? Just contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry form, connecting to us via Live Chat, or giving us a call at 1-877-688-2729 to speak to one of our trained, friendly specialists. We are happy to find the right catheter for your needs, and we can verify your insurance to determine if and how these products are covered on your policy. 

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14 Dos and Don'ts of Self-Cathing

by Jessica February 25 2016 21:38
At 180 Medical, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to stay as healthy as possible, especially when it comes to your catheterization needs. If your doctor or nurse practitioner has prescribed a regimen of self-catheterization, you're not alone. Many people all over the world use catheters every day to help them empty their bladder. All it takes is a little practice. 

Here are some helpful tips:

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DO:

  1. Gather all your supplies before beginning.
  2. Maintain as sterile an environment for yourself as possible. If you're away from home, we know that can be a little more difficult, since you can't control how clean a public restroom is. Just be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before catheterization and/or put on gloves before beginning. You may also wish to use antiseptic wipes to clean the area before inserting the catheter. A kit of insertion supplies may further to make the procedure more sterile and prevent possible infections. washing hands
  3. Follow the schedule for self-cathing that your healthcare professional prescribed for your specific condition. Stay on the self-catheterization schedule that your healthcare professional instructed you to follow. If you miss your scheduled time, catheterize as soon as you're able to do so. 
  4. Use the right catheter product for your needs, based on your doctor's instructions. 180 Medical has a wide array of all the top brands and types of intermittent catheters, including straight, coude, hydrophilic, closed systems, pediatric, and more. Our highly-trained product specialists would love to help you find the catheter that works and feels best for you. 
  5. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fresh water is good for your urinary system and your whole body. 
  6. Make sure you are using your catheters correctly. Follow the instructions given by your healthcare professional. 180 Medical also carries helpful instructional booklets and DVDs for supplemental education. 
  7. Ask if your insurance plan covers catheter supplies. We are contracted with thousands of plans, and we can contract your insurance for you to find out what kinds of catheter products are covered and how many you could get per month for your specific needs, per your healthcare professional's recommendation. 

DON'T:

  1. Don't reuse catheters. The FDA considers intermittent catheters to be only good for a single use. Studies show that sterile use (using a catheter one time and then disposing of it) reduces risk of urinary tract infections. Most major insurance companies today cover enough catheters for sterile use, because they know that reusing catheters often leads to infections, which can end up costing insurance companies more money. 
  2. Don't use someone else's catheters. We've gotten a few questions before where someone's friend or family member no longer need to use their catheters, and they have a few leftover which they offered to give away. It's risky to use a catheter that is prescribed for someone else, because everyone's body is different. For instance, some people require a coude tip to bypass urethral strictures, when a straight tip catheter just won't do. There are different lengths and French sizes to consider as well. When in doubt, consult your healthcare professional. 
  3. Don't use petroleum jelly to lubricate your catheter. It's best to use sterile water-soluble lubrication to lessen chances of infection and make the catheterization experience more comfortable. 
  4. When using a hydrophilic catheter, don't forget to burst the water packet, which activates the bonded lubrication, making the tube slippery and ready to use. 
  5. Don't forget to bring your catheter supplies with you wherever you go. For more information on catheterizing in public restrooms, go here for a detailed blog by an actual catheter-user.
  6. Don't ignore the signs of a urinary tract infection: fever, chills, aching in the lower back, cloudy or smelly urine, and burning sensations. See your doctor to have tests run and cultures taken at the first sign, so that it can be treated properly. 
  7. Don't worry too much. Remember that many people self-cath every day. As you continue, it will get easier, and eventually you'll be a seasoned pro. 
180 Medical has provided superior service and quality catheter and ostomy supplies to customers for years. Give us a call or contact us on live chat to see why so many choose and stay with us for their much-needed supplies. 

Disclaimer: Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of self-catheterization. It should not be used in place of a visit, call, or consultation with a physician or other healthcare provider.


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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 6 years and currently works as Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

180 Medical Product News: Introducing GentleCath Pro Catheters

by Jessica February 22 2016 12:10
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Interested in keeping up with the latest catheter and ostomy products available on the market? 180 Medical is always ready to share the scoop on the newest supplies with you, and today, we'd like to introduce you to ConvaTec's new line of GentleCath™ Pro Closed-System Intermittent Catheters. 

What are the features of the GentleCath™ Pro?

gentlecath pro catheter componentsThe GentleCath™ Pro Closed-System was designed to minimize risk of infection and allow easier and more sterile catheterization. The system has an introducer tip as well as an all-in-one collection bag, which allows for "no touch" catheterization in a more portable system that is convenient for use both at home or away from home and traveling. Because you only touch the system's outer collection bag, not the catheter tube itself, this helps to reduce the risk of infection that can sometimes occur when bacteria from hands transfers to the catheter.

Breakdown of the main features:
  • Collection bag which allows you to measure and see the amount of urine drained
  • Portable system allows for easy catheterization away from home or when a restroom is not easily accessible
  • Pre-lubricated introducer tip, which allows the catheter itself to bypass the first few millimeters of the urethra, where bacteria is most highly concentrated
  • Also includes an underpad, gloves, non-staining antiseptic pad, and additional lubricating jelly

How do I use the GentleCath™ Pro?

For more information regarding how to catheterize, feel free to call one of our trained specialists so we can walk you through the process. 180 Medical also has one-of-a-kind catheterization instruction materials that we can send to you with your order, including a step-by-step DVD and printed color brochures.

Which GentleCath™ Products Does 180 Medical Carry?

180 Medical proudly carries GentleCath's entire product line, including their 100% latex-free PVC (vinyl) intermittent catheters, red rubber catheters, hydrophilic catheters, closed-system catheters, and catheter kits, all of which are available with both straight and coude tip options.

How Can I Find a Catheter That's Right for Me?

Just contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry form, connecting to us via Live Chat, or giving us a call at 1-877-688-2729 to speak to one of our trained, friendly specialists. We are happy to find the right catheter for your needs, and we can verify your insurance to determine if and how these products are covered on your policy. 

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 6 years and currently works as Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

What Is a Closed System Catheter?

by Jessica December 1 2015 12:49
You may already be aware that intermittent catheters come in all kinds, materials, sizes, and brands. Everyone who uses catheters has their own preferences and particular needs that will determine what type of catheter may work best for them, whether that’s a regular straight catheter, a catheter with a coude tip, hydrophilic catheters, male or female or pediatric length, or a more advanced product called a closed system catheter.

Today, we’re going to shed some light on exactly what a closed system catheter is and break down each component of this product, along with the benefits, including how it can possibly help make one’s self-catheterization routine easier and more hygienic.

WHAT IS A CLOSED SYSTEM CATHETER?

A closed system catheter is, at a quick glance, a self-contained, sterile, pre-lubricated catheter housed within a collection bag. The collection bag eliminates the need to void the urine into a receptacle or toilet, and since it’s already self-containing, it also eliminates the need to hook up any other kind of bag or container. It’s basically ready to use once it has been opened. These systems often include other features to help assist with the catheterization process and keep everything more sterile. As with all other types of catheters, its main function is to drain the bladder of all urine in a comfortable, smooth process while minimizing risk of bacterial infection of the urinary tract and/or bladder.

WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF CLOSED SYSTEM CATHETERS?

While there will definitely be some variance between brands, the majority of closed system catheters will have the same basic parts, as you can see in the below diagram.

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Some additional features:
Many brands offer insertion supplies to help assist in the catheterization routine, which may include an opaque refuse/trash bag to hide/store the used catheter system, antiseptic wipes (typically povidone-iodine or BZK) to disinfect hands and the area of insertion, gloves to keep hands covered and reduce risk of infection, additional lubrication to make the catheter insertion more smooth (if needed), and a sterile underpad to set supplies or to protect your from any residual liquid.

HOW DO I USE A CLOSED SYSTEM CATHETER?

For more detailed information regarding how to catheterize, please call one of our trained specialists at 1-877-688-2729 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, including a DVD and detailed, colorful brochures.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A CLOSED SYSTEM CATHETER?

There are a few potential advantages of using a closed system catheter. It can be especially helpful for those with limited dexterity and/or in wheelchairs. The self-contained collection bag eliminates the need to try to find another receptacle, such as a separate bag, toilet/urinal, or other container for such purpose. One can catheterize from the wheelchair or any place with privacy. Another benefit is the helpful introducer tip, which bypasses the first few millimeters of the urethra (where the majority of bacteria collect), allowing the catheter itself to pass through the urethra while minimizing risk of infection. It’s a much more sterile process, because the catheter can be inserted without ever touching the actual tube, which can also lessen the possibility of bacterial contamination.

ARE CLOSED SYSTEM CATHETERS AVAILABLE IN MY SIZE?

It's highly likely, as many brands of closed system catheters will offer straight or coude tip, pediatric sizes, male or female length, various materials such as vinyl and red rubber, and a range of the common French sizes.

WHICH CLOSED SYSTEM CATHETERS DOES 180 MEDICAL CARRY?

180 Medical proudly carries catheters from all of the leading manufacturers and brands available today. Take a look at our online catheter showcase to view a few of the available options.

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HOW CAN I FIND A CATHETER THAT'S RIGHT FOR ME?

Just contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry form, connect to us via our online 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 your needs, and we can verify your insurance to determine if and how these products are covered on your policy.

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Understanding the Difference Between Catheter Types

by Jessica November 19 2015 18:27
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Getting acclimated to using a catheter on a regular basis can seem daunting at first. It can feel like a big change in regards to your life and daily schedule. Finding out as much information as you can about catheterization may help you feel more comfortable with the process. The first thing you'll want to understand will be the differences between the various types of catheters that are available to you. As always, consult your doctor before purchasing or using any sort of medical device. 

Let's examine the two main types of urological catheters that are inserted to drain the bladder.
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Intermittent Catheters

These types of catheters are typically inserted via the urethra or a stoma, and then once the bladder is drained, the catheter is thrown away after each use. Your doctor or healthcare practitioner will teach you how to insert the catheter yourself, since you will likely be doing this on a regular basis, and they will let you know how often to cath via a prescribed or recommended schedule.

Intermittent catheters come in a variety of optionsstraight tip, coudé tip (for those who are unable to pass straight tip due to strictures, blockages, etc.), and varying lengths, including male, female, and pediatric length.

There are three main sub-types of intermittent catheters to know about.


Straight Catheters
This type of intermittent catheter is the first, original type of urinary catheter, although they have come a long way since the first catheter's invention. This catheter is uncoated, so each one must be manually lubricated prior to insertion. This can be done with the use of individual packets or tubes of sterile lubrication. These are also available in travel-sized pocket catheters, which come in a curved or U-shaped package and can be discreetly tucked into your pocket for easy carrying


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Hydrophilic Catheters
Hydrophilic catheters are similar to straight catheters when it comes to the options for various lengths, straight or coudé tip, and pocket catheter or travel-ready options. The main difference is that hydrophilic catheters have a unique coating which, when activated by water, becomes lubricated and ready to use with no need for additional lubricant, as well as less mess and effort.


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Closed System Catheters
Closed system catheters are sterile catheters that are typically in a self-contained, all-in-one package with a collection bag. Often a great choice for those in wheelchairs, closed system catheters often come with additional insertion supplies like gloves, an underpad, and antiseptic wipes to minimize the risk of infection. They are pre-lubricated and come with an introducer tip to bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria in the urethra as you insert the catheter. 


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All of the above-mentioned types of intermittent catheters are typically available in a variety of options, depending on the brand you choose, including:

Indwelling Foley Catheters

If your doctor has determined that you'll need to use a catheter for a long period of time (or even indefinitely), and an intermittent catheter is not an option for whatever reason, then you may have an indwelling, or foley, catheter inserted.

This type of catheter is usually placed in your bladder while at your doctor's office, a hospital, or other healthcare facility. A foley catheter is typically inserted through the urethra (unless this is no longer a viable entry-point, in which case they can be placed through a stoma). Rather than draining the bladder and then throwing the catheter away, this type of catheter is held in place by a small balloon that is inflated once the insertion tip has reached the bladder, and it can stay in for days or even weeks, depending on a doctor's recommendation.

The downside of using a foley catheter is that it can leave you more susceptible to urinary tract and/or bladder infections, since it is left inside the body for long periods of time. 

At 180 Medical, we carry all the major catheter brands and types, so you have the option to sample what might work best for you and the freedom of choice to pick the brand you prefer.

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There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing from the various types of catheters available on the market today. Your doctor can help you determine what kind will be best for your needs. 

With the right research and professional guidance, you'll be able to make this transition as easily as possible. Contact us at 180 Medical to start receiving the right intermittent catheters for you!


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Disclaimer: Please note that this post is intended to provide a general understanding of product options that are available on the market. This information should not be used in place of your prescribing professional healthcare provider's recommendations, based on your personal anatomy and individual needs. Please consult with your doctor to find what type of catheter may be right for you. 



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Does It Matter What Brand of Catheter You Use?

by Jessica November 10 2015 11:57
For some, the topic of catheters can seem overwhelming, especially for individuals who are new to learning to self-cath. Whether you'll be using intermittent catheters temporarily or on a long-term basis, you’ll be surprised by how simple the process can be once you’re familiar with it. Don’t get too overwhelmed by all the information out there, and know that you are not alone when it comes to catheterization. Plenty of people every day begin to self-cath and are becoming more comfortable with it as they go. Just take it one day at a time.

gentlecath closedOne point of confusion about catheters that our customers sometimes encounter is trying to figure out which particular product to use. While your doctor will serve as a great resource in determining what type of catheter is best for you to use, there are some decisions you can make on your own, such as what brand of catheter to buy. 

So, does it really matter what brand of catheter you use? There are some product differences from brand to brand, but when you get your catheter supply from a reliable source, you can feel comfortable in knowing you’ll be taken care of. Reputable and well-known medical supply companies such as 180 Medical carry a wide selection of quality products from all of the top brands today, so you can rest assured that you’ll find the right product for your needs. 

Even so, there are leading brands in the industry with which you might want to be familiar: Bard, Coloplast, GentleCath, HollisterMTG, Rochester, Rusch, LoFric, Cure, and Hi-Slip, just to name a few.

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180 Medical is proud to carry a wide array of products from these well-known brands and many others. When you order your intermittent catheters from 180 Medical, you can be sure you're receiving a quality product. Adjusting to life with a catheter can take time, so it's our goal to make the process of purchasing them as easy and convenient as possible. We have one-of-a-kind instructional materials available as well, which can help you see and understand the self-cathing procedures with step-by-step catheterization instructions in print and on DVD. We have material available for men, women, girls, and boys. We also have catheter users on staff who can share their experiences and tips.

Contact us today to discuss your options and find the right brand for your needs!

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4 Things to Look For When You Need Female Catheters

by Jessica October 1 2015 17:53
Whether you have just been instructed to start using intermittent catheters or you’ve been using them for years, it’s understandably pretty tough to find the right female catheter supplier who meets all of your needs. There are many catheter suppliers out there making big claims about what they have to offer, but not all are equal in terms of giving you unparalleled service on all fronts. Here are some things to look for as you seek out the right company for your intermittent catheter supply needs.

1. Personalized, superior customer service.

Your time is valuable, and your medical needs should be a top priority to a supplier. Look for companies that deliver unparalleled customer service. Instead of long hold times or automated menus, a company that cares about your needs will deliver a quick response time from a live person when you call customer support or access live chat on their website.  When you speak with someone, you should be treated as more than just another number. Good supply companies will have knowledgeable representatives who really listen, understand your needs, and help find the right intermittent female catheter for you, based on your prescription, lifestyle, preferences and prior experiences.  

2. Specialization in catheters.

180 medical 100 satisfaction guaranteeThere are lots of medical supply companies out there, but not all of them focus specifically on catheters. Companies that deal with all kinds of medical supplies may seem like a convenient option, but their brand and product availability may be limited, and their staff may not be very well-educated on what type of catheter might be best for your needs. 180 Medical, however, specializes only in intermittent catheters and ostomy products, so they carry all major brands and types, and their trained staff is educated about the product lines they offer and the advantages of each. With employees on staff who are also catheter-users, this particular company can provide firsthand guidance and information on purchasing and using catheters that other companies may not be able to do.

3. Direct Shipping.

Why inconvenience yourself by having to pick up supplies from a pharmacy or paying for shipping each time you order, when you can get your catheter supply delivered directly to your doorstep for free? This not only saves you time and money, it also protects your privacy. A good online female catheter outlet can ship the exact product you need quickly with no hassle.

4. They take care of the paperwork for you.

You’re already dealing with enough in your life. There’s no need to act as the middle man between your doctor’s office and your catheter supplier or have to figure out all the insurance paperwork for billing. Look for a company that can communicate directly with your physician for any needed documentation and bill your insurance for you.

180 Medical can do all this and more for you. Contact us today 
at (877) 688-2729.

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What to Know About Rusch Catheters

by Jessica September 22 2015 21:04
Rusch catheters are one of the many established and trusted name-brand catheters that 180 Medical carries in their inventory.  Before you order or use any catheter, it's important to make sure you know everything you need to in order to ensure safety and effectiveness. Here are the basics to think about before choosing a catheter:

  1. Only use a catheter when recommended by your doctor and with proper training – Even though they are frequently used in the home environment, catheters are medical devices and must be used carefully. Only use a catheter when your doctor has recommended it. If your doctor recommends that you discontinue, do not keep using it. Most importantly, catheters should be inserted only by those with the proper training, which means that you will need assistance with them until you have been properly taught. The good news is that you can be shown by the nurse or doctor and can learn how to cath very quickly. 

  2. Make sure you're choosing the right product – No brand is exactly like another. Ask your doctor for their recommendation on what sort of catheter is most appropriate for your particular needs. 180 Medical carries a wide selection of intermittent catheters from all of the most quality brands on the market today, washing hands and Rusch also has a varied line of catheters to give plenty of options. This is good to know, because not every product is going to work for everyone and their specific needs. Ask your doctor for their recommendation on what sort of catheter is appropriate in your particular case. You will also want to get the correct length of catheter, which will be based on whether you are male or female, and the dimensions of your particular body. Females may sometimes prefer male length for more room to grip the catheter, which is also perfectly fine. 

  3. Ensure proper insertion – All intermittent catheters are sterile and in packaging, but you may want to clean the area surrounding your urethra to minimize the amount of bacteria and lessen the risk of infection. Depending on the type of catheter you get, you may need to lubricate it for the smoothest insertion. Regular straight catheters may require this, while pre-lubricated, closed system, and hydrophilic catheters will not. Without lubrication, insertion can be painful and even cause damage and irritation to your urethra. This also increases the risk of infection, so having a properly lubricated catheter is a must. After the bladder has been emptied, the catheter should be removed, thrown away, and the area cleaned again. You should always wash your hands thoroughly both before and after the catheterization process.

 If you have any other questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or contact us at 180 Medical! We have the expertise to help you find the right catheter for your needs!

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Catheterizing in Public Restrooms

by billf June 10 2015 08:02
bill f pictureMy name is Bill, and I have worked for 180 Medical for over 10 years. Nearly 26 years ago, I was involved in a motocross accident that rendered me quadriplegic. You can learn more about my story here. Since then, I've been able to help and counsel others who are getting acclimated to life after a spinal cord injury. I am happiest when I am helping others, and these days at 180 Medical, I spend a lot of time talking to our customers on the phone who are new to catheterizing.

One thing I get a lot of questions about is self-catheterization in public restrooms. Naturally, people new to cathing can sometimes feel a little unsure about this - from discretion to how to be as clean as possible while cathing. While some people can schedule their daily plans around their cathing routine so they can be at home when it’s time to self-cath, this can be limiting for those who travel, work, or have an active lifestyle. For most people, there’s not a guarantee you’ll always be at home in the comfort of your own bathroom when it is time to catheterize and empty the bladder. I’ve even spoken to some individuals who have skipped cathing to avoid having to do so in a public place, but this is not advisable, as you could be damaging your bladder and kidneys by holding urine in too long.

As a catheter-user myself, I thought I could help to shed some light on the best methods for self-cathing when you’re not at home. We hope this helps you with some ideas on how to make self-cathing away from home as easy and safe as possible.

Transporting Catheter Supplies

When planning to cath away from your home, whether traveling, working, or just having a day out and about, there are different ways of transporting your supplies with discretion and ease.
  • To make the catheter more discreet when carrying it, you can fold the catheter into a soft U-shape or wrap it around your hand into a circle. You just want to make sure you don’t get a kink in the catheter as this could make it difficult to use. We do offer a male length pocket catheter that comes packaged already in a U-shape for those who don’t like to fold their catheters. 
  • Consider your catheter options. There are pocket catheters, compact catheters, closed systems, and more -- all of which may make your cathing experience away from the home more discreet and convenient, depending on your individual needs. 
  • There are many different options in how to carry your supplies. Many wheelchair users carry their supplies in a bag or backpack and hang it on the back of their chair. Some people are able to carry their supplies in a pocket. I have heard of people using anything from eyeglasses cases to money belts. With time, you can find what will work best for you. Learn more about carrying catheter supplies discreetly in this blog post.

Sterile Preparation and Catheterization

When you are in your own home, you are not exposed to as many germs and bacteria that you may encounter when cathing in a public restroom facility. You can just wash your hands at the sink, go to your toilet or the area designated for your routine, and prepare your supplies accordingly.

However, in a public facility, you never know what the surroundings will be like. It's important to keep the process as sterile as possible so that you can lower your risk of any infection.

Before you enter the stall, be sure to wash your hands with washing hands before catheterizationsoap and water. Once you have entered the stall, there probably won’t be a good, clean surface to set your supplies on. You could bring a paper towel from home to set your supplies on. Some people set their supplies on whatever they use to carry them in. You can sit on the toilet or in your wheelchair and prepare things in your lap.

Make sure your hands and the area of insertion are as clean as possible before inserting a catheter. You will have already washed your hands before entering the stall, and you may also want to use an antibacterial wipe to clean the area of insertion.

If you use a closed system or catheter with a kit, you may have disinfecting wipes or swabs included to use. Some people like to apply some antibacterial gel on their hands as an extra precautionary measure. Many people also use gloves, which are often included with catheter kits as well.

lubricating your catheterIf you are using a catheter with a separate lubrication packet, you may face a few more challenges than you might with an advanced product such as pre-lubricated catheters or catheters with insertion supplies.

With time, you will figure out your own preferred method of applying lubricant to your catheter. Some people tear the lubrication packet open at both ends and run the catheter through the packet to lubricate it. For others who have limited dexterity or strength, opening the packet may require scissors, which would need to be carried with the rest of your supplies. You can also open the catheter packaging about a third of the way down and squeeze the lubrication into the packaging and when pulling the catheter out drag it through the lubrication.

If you are using a pre-lubricated catheter, it should be ready to use right out of the packaging. Hydrophilic catheters will require application of water (usually included in a breakable sachet along with the catheter) in order for the lubrication coating to be activated. Some hydrophilic catheter brands include an easy handling sleeve to help you with handling the catheter and guiding it during insertion without actually touching the surface of the catheter tube. Once you've prepped your supplies, sterilized your hands and the area of insertion, and made sure your catheter is lubricated, you are now ready to catheterize. Once you finish, throw away the used contents in the nearest trash receptacle. Never flush a catheter, collection bag, wipes, or other catheterization accessories down a toilet.


Need more information on the entire catheterization process? We offer helpful catheterization instructions, and we can also send you step-by-step instructional videos on DVD and full-color brochures with your order.

Have more questions? Just give us a call or send us a chat online during business hours. Our staff of catheter experts will be ready to answer any catheterization questions you may have or walk you through the cathing process.  


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About the Author:

Bill has worked for 180 Medical for over 10 years. He loves getting to talk to our customers, sharing his first-hand experiences as a quadriplegic, and helping those with in-depth questions about self-catheterization. He enjoys spending time outdoors, as well as watching and attending motocross events. Learn more about Bill's story.

Reasons Why Many Choose the Bard Touchless Catheter Kit

by Jessica May 5 2015 11:05
Anyone who has been using catheters for any length of time knows that not all of them are always comfortable for every single person. Finding the right catheter doesn’t only depend on size and length – you’ll also want one that is in the style most convenient for your needs while being easy to insert and remove with the most comfort. The specifics of what you need may vary depending on your gender, your condition, and your own sensitivity levels, but we feel confident that you can find the right catheter for yourself with little problems when you have a helpful staff of specialists on your side.

Here at 180 Medical, we carry a wide variety of intermittent catheters from the leading manufacturers and brands on the market today. We also staff well-trained customer specialists who can help you with your catheter choice, based on your insurance coverage and personal needs. One of the many brands we carry is Bard, a trusted leader in the medical supplies industry, and one of their products that many choose is the Bard Touchless line of catheter products.  

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Bard is one of the most established medical device companies in the world, as they have been producing high-quality devices for over 100 years. One such quality product is their Touchless catheter kit line. A traditional intermittent catheter is a straight tube that you have to manually lubricate and then insert into your urethra to drain the bladder. The Bard Touchless Catheter Kit offers a more convenient method of self-catheterization, taking the mess and extra preparation of inserting a catheter.

The Touchless Catheter comes packaged, pre-lubricated, and ready to use, no manual handling of the catheter tube itself required. The insertion tip included helps the catheter itself bypass the first few millimeters of the urethra which is the area with the highest concentrations of bacteria. Thanks to the pre-lubrication, the catheter will slide in gently and easily with no actual hands-on contact with the tube, minimizing risk of infection. The kit also includes antiseptic wipes for cleaning the area before insertion and a urine collection bag.

This catheter, just like all products, may not be the best option for everyone across the board. But it is just one of our popular products that many people choose and love, as it presents an easier option for insertion with less prep as well as a more comfortable experience. Have you tried the Bard Touchless catheter kits yet? 

Contact us at 180 Medical with any questions that you have about these or our other products!