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Tips for Cathing After Prostate Cancer Surgery

by Jessica July 13 2018 06:23
tips for catheterization after prostate cancer surgery


Each year, nearly 165,000 males in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

early detection and prevention of prostate cancerProstate cancer is the most common cancer in men other than skin cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men according to the American Cancer Society.

However, this slow-growing cancer is often very treatable and isn't necessarily fatal, particularly in cases where it is diagnosed early. This is why it's so important to make regular or annual appointments to see a urologist. Early detection is key.


Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Surgery

For those who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are a few treatment options. This will entirely depend on how severe the cancer growth is. The best course of action will come down to a mutual decision between you and your treating physician. 

Some may have to undergo a partial or full removal of the prostate by surgery, which is called a prostatectomy. This procedure is done to prevent the diseased portions or all of this walnut-sized gland from the body in order to prevent the cancer from spreading.

prostate cancer surgeryWhile it is considered a safe operation and usually very successful, there can be some side effects. According to the UCLA Prostate Cancer Program, “the surgery may weaken the muscles that control your urine flow. Surgery may also hurt the nerves that help control your bladder.” This is why some men occasionally experience urine leakage or symptoms of a neurogenic bladder after the surgery. In many cases, this side effect is temporary, but for some, this could be a long-term condition that requires treatment as well.

Depending on the symptoms and the severity, a protective undergarment or adult briefs may be a good option to absorb any leakage until the symptoms subside.

However, in other cases, it may be best to use an intermittent catheter to help empty the bladder and prevent urine leakage.


Tips for New Catheter Users After Prostate Cancer Surgery

Find the right intermittent Catheter for you.

You're unique, and so are your needs and preferences. That's why it's important to remember that no single type or brand of catheter is the best choice for everyone across the board. 

There are multiple types of disposable catheters available on the market today, so you have plenty of product options from which to choose. When it's time to begin selecting an intermittent catheter that will work best for you, be sure to consult with your prescribing healthcare professional to determine together what may work best for you, taking into account your lifestyle, preferences, medical condition, and anatomy. 

Straight intermittent catheters are considered the original technology. This type of catheter is uncoated and must be manually lubricated with separate lubricating jelly before insertion. Lubrication is typically sold separately in easy-to-open options like single-use travel-size packets or capped tubes. These are a simple catheter option, and some men prefer these due to their overall affordability and practicality.


straight caths for men


Hydrophilic catheters can be a great option, especially for those new to self-cathing, because of their convenience, sterility, and travel-readiness. Hydrophilic catheters have a coating that becomes slippery when activated by water and takes the place of typical lubricating jelly to make catheterization more smooth and comfortable. 


hydrophilic catheters for men


Closed system catheters are also great for sterile, no-touch cathing. Frequent travelers and those in wheelchairs also find closed systems to be incredibly handy and often easier to maneuver than standard straight catheters, since they are all-in-one systems with integrated collection bags. These often come with additional insertion supplies like ambidextrous gloves, antiseptic wipes, and other accessories to keep the cathing process hygienic.


closed system catheters for men


If you have any issues with inserting a straight tip, your doctor may recommend that you use a curved tip catheter known as a coudé catheter. Coudé catheters may help maneuver through tight spaces in the urethra like strictures and get past blockages.

Coudé tips are offered along with straight tips in every type of catheter listed above. Availability will depending on the brand and French size needed. 


keep it hygienic to reduce your risk of infection

Urinary tract infections are a common side effect among those who self-cath. There are ways to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, such as using a touch-free catheter like a hydrophilic catheter or closed system catheter.

Do your best to keep your hands off the catheter tube to prevent contamination, and maintain a sterile environment.

On top of that, using your intermittent catheter just once and then disposing of it is a great way to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections.


talk to your doctor and follow their instructions.

Be sure to pay close attention to your doctors’ and nurses’ instructions regarding catheter use, including how frequently to catheterize per day and whether or not you should record your urine output for a period of time.

There are many misconceptions about cathing, which is why you should always be attentive and upfront with any questions to ensure you fully understand how to cath correctly. 


urologist prostate


Consider your catheter supplier options carefully.

Not all medical supply companies are equal when it comes to their brand selection, customer service, or product knowledge.

If you are asking “Where can I buy catheters?,” consider 180 Medical, the leading intermittent catheter supplier in the nation.

180 Medical offers an wide and varied selection of male length catheters from all of the top brands and manufacturers, including the newest products on the market with the latest advances in technology. 


intermittent catheter brands at 180 medical


On top of that, our team of trained and compassionate Specialists offer customer service that is second to none. We're happy to answer your questions, provide helpful instruction and educational materials, listen to all your concerns and preferences, and help you find the right catheter for your needs.

Using a catheter after prostate cancer surgery doesn't have to be scary or embarrassing to discuss.

If you're ready to look into your your catheter product options, give us a call today and find out how easy it is to get your first order of catheters. We'll be honored to help you as you heal from your surgery and transition into self-cathing.



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Top 5 Ways to Make Cathing Less Painful

by Jessica April 27 2018 01:48
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Have you just been told you need to start using intermittent catheters, and now you're wondering how bad a catheter will hurt?

Or have you been self-cathing for a while but still find the catheterization process painful or just plain uncomfortable?

male catheter insertion painWhatever your reason for seeking help with catheter pain, know that there are many people who use catheters painlessly every day to treat their medical conditions like bladder retention or urinary incontinence, and that's a possibility for you too!

Of course, if you ever experience an abnormal amount of pain or bleeding during insertion, or if you encounter a blockage, it's important to never force your catheter. We suggest you discuss these issues with your treating healthcare professional as soon as possible. 

However, sometimes it's simply a matter of finding the right urinary catheter product that will work best for your individual needs.

Find out some of the top solutions to make cathing smooth, comfortable, and practically pain-free!

Top 5 Ways to Make Using a Catheter Hurt Less


1. Use an Intermittent Catheter With Polished or Recessed Eyelets.


catheter drainage eyeletsDrainage eyelets are the small holes near the insertion tip of your urinary catheter. Your urine drains through these holes, into the catheter tube, and out the end into your chosen receptacle like a toilet, urinal, or an attached collection bag.

Some catheter manufacturers use a process similar to punching a hole in a sheet of paper to create their catheter eyelets. This can result in rough eyelet edges that create drag and discomfort as the catheter is inserted and taken back out.

Fortunately, there are plenty of catheter options with smooth, polished eyelets, and these can greatly reduce friction on your delicate urethral tissue.

gentlecath cathetersOne catheter brand to consider is GentleCath™. GentleCath™ catheters are designed with recessed, polished drainage eyelets on a smooth, rounded insertion tip for maximum comfort and reduced urethral trauma.

If the catheter type you're currently using has any rough edges around the eyelets, this could very well be the source of your discomfort. 



2. Use lubrication with your uncoated catheters.

When using straight intermittent catheters, it's important to make sure you're manually lubricating them before each use. Lubrication will reduce friction and discomfort as your catheter passes through the urethra to your bladder. 

Of course, every person and each anatomy is different, so while some people don't need as much lubricating jelly, others may need more in order to have a truly comfortable catheterization. 

As the leading provider of intermittent catheters and related urological products, 180 Medical carries many high-quality and reputable brands of lubricating jelly to suit your needs, including bacteriostatic and kosher options. Whether you prefer your catheter lubrication in a tube or perfectly dosed single-use packets, we can supply it.



3. Issues getting the catheter to insert? You may need a coudé tip catheter.

gentlecath coude catheterWhy are coudé catheters necessary? This sort of curved insertion tip is only needed when straight tip catheters will not work.

This is usually due to medical conditions like urethral strictures or an enlarged prostate, which can make it difficult and even impossible for a straight tip catheter to bypass and navigate around to reach the bladder.

If you feel you're encountering a blockage or obstacle while trying to get your catheter fully inserted, it's best to speak to your urologist immediately so they can fully diagnose the problem and discuss whether you need a coudé tip catheter.



4. Are you experiencing itchiness or irritation after using a latex catheter? You may have a latex allergy.

Less than 1% of people in the US have a latex allergy. However, it is more common in people with certain medical conditions like spina bifida. Latex allergy development has also been associated with people who use latex urinary catheters.

If you suspect this may be the issue, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

180 Medical is sensitive to our customers' concerns and needs, so we make it a point to stock an incredibly wide variety of latex-free catheter products. For those who prefer the softness and flexibility of red rubber latex catheters, there are many options we have available to try out, including soft catheters and silicone catheters.



5. Switch to a more advanced and modern catheter product.

Catheter technology continues to move forward, and many manufacturers are developing their urethral catheter products to be more efficient, comfortable, discreet, and convenient. 

If you've been using one type of catheter for many years, you may be happy to hear that there are all kinds of catheter options available on the market that may reduce urethral pain.

There are additional benefits of using advanced catheter products like hydrophilic catheters, closed system catheters, pre-lubricated catheters, and compact pocket catheters, such as potentially minimizing the risk of UTIs (urinary tract infections).

Just a few of the many advanced technology catheters that 180 Medical has in stock include:


SpeediCath® Compact Set
Available in Male Length or Female Length

speedicath compact set for men
Not only is this closed system catheter small and discreet for easy carrying, it is ready to use as soon as you open it. The catheter's hydrophilic coating is pre-activated since it is housed inside its own sterile saline solution. The lubrication will be smooth and comfortable throughout catheterization. An additional bonus of the SpeediCath® Compact Set is that the catheter comes with its own collection bag, making this a great option for those who want a more comfortable catheter that's also great for travel and use in public restrooms.

gentlecath glide hydrophilic catheter
GentleCath™ Glide Hydrophilic Catheter

Available in Male Length or Female Length


The GentleCath™ Glide is one of the newer catheter products on the market that is quickly becoming a popular option for those who want a hydrophilic catheter that is easy to use, potentially minimizes the risk of UTIs, and makes cathing super smooth and comfortable from the moment you insert the catheter until you withdraw it. Just pop the included water sachet to activate its low-friction hydrophilic coating featuring FeelClean™ technology, and it's ready to go!


LoFric Origo™ Hydrophilic Catheter
Available in Male Length, Pediatric Length, and with Coudé Tip

lofric origo hydrophilic catheter
The LoFric Origo™ has a hydrophilic coating with Urotonic™ surface technology that is activated by its own included sterile saline solution. Just as its name suggests, this catheter offers you an ultra low-friction cathing experience. An additional bonus is that the packaging is foldable and discreet, and it also doubles as a disposal bag for maximum privacy once you've finished cathing.



Still Experiencing Catheter Pain?

For first-time users, there may be some slight discomfort at first as your body adjusts to this new process of catheterization. However, if you continue feeling pain when cathing or if it even hurts too much to self-cath, please talk to your doctor before trying any other solutions on your own. 

There may be underlying medical conditions if these suggestions don't help alleviate your catheter pain. We suggest speaking with your urologist to pinpoint the issue and to come up with a solution together that will work best for your needs. 

If you need any help finding a catheter that may help reduce your discomfort during cathing, contact our specialists today!



Disclaimer: This blog is not to be taken as medical advice and is only intended to provide a general understanding of some of the product options that may reduce discomfort during intermittent catheterization. This information should not be used in place of any recommendations, prescribed treatment plans, or medical advice from your professional healthcare provider.



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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 9 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

3 Types of Female Catheters

by Jessica February 6 2018 06:25
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If your doctor has recommended intermittent catheterization as part of your treatment plan (whether due to bladder retention, urinary incontinence, multiple sclerosis, a spinal cord injury, or another medical condition that affects the way your bladder works), you may be feeling overwhelmed by the news and wondering where to start.

We completely understand, and we want to assure you that those feelings are perfectly normal. However, once armed with the right information and the right supplies for you, using female catheters can eventually become second nature to you. 

But first, you may want to learn more about the three main types of female intermittent catheters, so here's our simple guide!

Types of Female Intermittent Catheters

Intermittent catheters are small tubes designed to drain urine from the bladder. These are most often composed of vinyl or PVC, silicone, or red rubber latex, and they are considered single-use only devices, since they are inserted into the body via the urethra. Catheters have come a long way since they were first invented, and innovations in technology continue to roll out with new products that may offer a smoother catheterization experience as well as better discretion and ease of use.

woman with backpack Because the female urethra is only a few inches in length compared to the male urethra, female catheters are typically only 6 to 8 inches long, although there are shorter pocket-sized options. Some women prefer to use male length catheters, and this is based on preference and what works best for you.

Concerned about the catheter tube's diameter? That's a common fear, but there's no need to worry. Your prescribing physician will be able to test French sizes with you and properly determine with you what will work best for your individual anatomy and needs.

The right size will help with overall comfort as well as efficiency in drainage. For example, if you use a smaller female catheter French size than what fits your body best, you may notice urine seeping around the sides of the catheter (rather than only draining into the tube and down to your chosen receptacle, like a collection bag or toilet), which can literally leave a mess on your hands. If you use a larger catheter French size than necessary, you may have some difficulty with insertion, or you could experience some discomfort. Making sure to get the right size prescribed before ordering will be a big component in finding the right catheter for you!

After you and your doctor have discussed size options, you'll want to start thinking about the three main intermittent catheter types available for women. 

what female catheter is right for me


The three main types of intermittent catheters are:


Straight Catheters

Considered the original technology, female length straight intermittent catheters are uncoated and must be manually lubricated prior to insertion. Usually, this is done with individual packets of sterile lubricant, although some prefer using the flip-top tubes of lubricant. These can easily be included with your catheter order, and we can take into account what may be easiest for you to use, including factors like limited hand dexterity.

These are available in just about every material, and there are options both with and without color-coded funnels. This typically comes down to personal preference, but you will need to let your supplier know of any potential allergies, such as latex, as well as any chemicals you may want to avoid like DEHP. Sometimes also known as "in and out" catheters, intermittent catheter tubes are uncoated, so they must be manually lubricated before insertion, typically by individual-use packets of sterile lubrication which can be included in your orders.

Straight female catheters are typically fairly easy to conceal in one's pocket, makeup bag, or purse, and one benefit is that these may feel a little lighter than catheters that include additional insertion supplies or water packets, making them simple to carry or pack in one's luggage for traveling.

female straight uncoated catheters



Hydrophilic Catheters

Hydrophilic catheters are similar to straight catheters in many ways, but there's one key feature that makes hydrophilic catheters stand apart from other types. Female hydrophilic catheters have a coating that is activated by water to become slippery, smooth, and ready to use. This coating acts in place of lubricant, so you don't have to worry about carrying along a tube or packets of lubricant with you.

Depending on the brand, some hydrophilic catheters come with their own sterile water packet to burst inside the packaging and let the catheter soak anywhere from a few seconds to half a minute, and then it's ready to use. Others, like the SpeediCath Compact, is pre-packaged in its own sterile saline solution, so as soon as you open up this discreet package (designed to look similar to a makeup item like a tube of mascara or lipstick), your catheter is ready to use and then dispose of easily without muss or fuss once you've drained your bladder.

Most hydrophilic catheter manufacturers feature a handy guiding sleeve to allow you to manipulate the catheter for insertion without touching the tube itself and risking potential contamination from any possible germs left on your hands, even after washing up before use.

female hydrophilic catheters



Closed System Catheters

Female closed system catheters are a convenient option since it's basically an all-in-one system. The catheter itself is pre-lubricated and sterile inside its self-contained collection bag, which eliminates the need to carry additional lubricant, and many brands also have insertion supplies packaged with it as well, such as sterile gloves, an underpad, and antiseptic wipes. Most closed systems also have a pre-lubricated introducer tip that helps to bypass the majority of bacteria in the first few millimeters of the urethra, which further minimizes the risk of infection.

Some people in wheelchairs prefer closed system catheters, since they can sometimes eliminate the need to transfer from your chair to a toilet. Thanks to the self-contained collection bag, you can self-cath anyplace where you have privacy. 

There are options such as gripping aids for those with limited hand dexterity, as well as different materials of catheters, different collection bag sizes, and more. Our Catheter Product Specialists can discuss the different features that may appeal to you or work best for your needs.

female closed system catheters



Since we specialize in catheters as well as ostomy supplies, we carry all the major catheter brands and types, so you have the option to sample what might work best for you, and you have the freedom of choice to pick the brand you prefer.

male intermittent catheter brands


Ultimately, the decision about which type of catheter you should use will come down to your prescribing healthcare professional's assessment of your condition and personal needs. 

180 medical catheter specialist When you're ready to order, 180 Medical is here to serve you and your doctor in helping to select an intermittent catheter that will be easy for you to use while giving you a hygienic, comfortable, and convenient catheterization. 

We are catheter specialists that have been in the business for over fifteen years, and we've helped thousands of women, men, and children find the right catheter supplies. Our goal is to help turn your quality of life around with high-quality catheter products that can restore your confidence and sense of independence. Our catheter specialists will also offer you unparalleled service and a compassionate, listening ear. 

We also offer educational materials like full-color brochures and DVDs offering step-by-step instructions of how to self-cath.

Give us a call at 1-877-688-2729. We'd love the opportunity to discuss your female catheter options with you! 




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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a company that truly cares for its employees and customers.

 

180 Medical Product News: Actreen Mini Cath Catheter Set for Women

by Jessica January 16 2018 05:54
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We like to keep you up to date on the latest catheter and ostomy products available on the market. If you're a woman who uses catheters, you may want to know more about the newest catheter option from B. Braun: the Actreen® Mini Cath Catheter Set just for females.


What to Know about the Actreen® Mini Cath Catheter Set

B. Braun understands that many female catheter-users prefer a product that's not only easy to use but offers privacy and discretion. That's exactly why they designed the Actreen® Mini Cath.

actreen mini cath set for women

Simple to open and insert, the Actreen® Mini Cath and the closed system Mini Cath Set are both made to fit discreetly in your pocket or makeup bag. With a low profile and 3.5 inch catheter length, the female Mini Cath is similar in size to a lipstick compact, and the catheter itself is coated with hydrophilic lubricant for a gentle catheterization process from insertion to withdrawal. 

An additional benefit of the Mini Cath is that its packaging features pre-cut notches and finger holes, which gives its user the ability to open the catheter package easily, even for those with limited dexterity.


Features of the Actreen® Mini Cath Catheter Set

  • 3.5 inch length for optimal discretion
  • Pre-lubricated, hydrophilic catheter with no need for water activation or additional lubrication
  • Hygienic, touch-free catheterization
  • Easy to open, easy to use (even for those with limited dexterity)
  • Not made with PVC, DEHP, or natural rubber latex
  • Lightweight and low-profile
  • Smooth eyelets
  • A discreet pouch in every box to carry your daily supply
  • Anti-reflux valve inside bag to avoid leakage
  • Currently available in 10, 12, and 14 French sizes.
  • Sterile and designed for single-use
 




How Do I Use the Actreen® Mini Cath Catheter Set?

We like to make sure you have access to all of the information you need to properly and hygienically self-catheterize. You can visit www.howtocath.com for step-by-step self-cathing instructions for women (as well as for men and children) for all catheter types including straight catheters, hydrophilic catheters, and closed systems.

Our trained Product Specialists can walk you through the process of catheterization and send you samples of the Mini Cath Catheter Set with your order. We also offer one-of-a-kind instructional materials that can be sent to you with your order as well, including printed color brochures and a DVD. 

Disclaimer: Please note that these instructions are intended to provide a general understanding of how to self-cath. This should not be used in place of your doctor's recommendations based on your personal anatomy and needs. For personalized instructions, please visit, call, or consult with your prescribing physician or other professional healthcare provider.


actreen mini cath sample


How Can I Find the Female Catheter That's Right For Me?

180 Medical carries an incredibly wide variety of intermittent catheters, including discreet pocket catheters that are perfect for travel and other female length catheters of all types from all of the major manufacturing brands on the market today. When you choose 180 Medical for your catheter supply needs, you can feel confident that you're getting the best product options available with unparalleled, friendly service.

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Just contact us to speak to one of our trained, friendly specialists. We'll be glad to help you find the right urinary 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. 



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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

Pocket Catheters 101

by Jessica November 20 2017 09:05
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Whether you've heard about them from your doctor, an online support group, or even television commercials, pocket catheters are one of the most talked about types of intermittent urinary catheters due to their convenience, ease of handling, and their ability to be carried discreetly. Learn all about pocket catheters and similar travel-ready options! 

What Is a Pocket Catheter?

cure pocket catheterA pocket catheter is a widely-used phrase that covers a few different styles of catheters for men, women, and children. The main and most important feature of a pocket catheter is that the packaging is small and discreet enough that is that it can be easily hidden inside a pocket, a purse, briefcase, backpack, or makeup bag, and depending on the brand, even in the palm of your hand as you walk to the restroom.  

Intermittent catheters are often packaged in a straight or longer parcel. Since the typical female length catheter is about 6 to 8 inches in length, they are already fairly easy to conceal. However, for pediatric length catheters, which are usually ten inches or longer, and male length catheters which are at least sixteen inches, users of these styles may want to find a more discreet or low-profile catheter.


catheter types and size comparisons to pocket catheter


What Options of Pocket Catheters Are Available?

Many versions of pocket catheters have all the familiar, high-quality features of the catheters you may already know and use. Depending upon the brand, there will be variations in their packaging, including size, shape, and what additional amenities may be included to aid a more hygienic catheterization, like insertion supplies.


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As always, 180 Medical will continue to keep you updated on the latest technology and new catheter products that become available on the market, but here are a few of the different options you may be interested in learning more about.


Pocket Catheters in Curved Packaging

cure pocket catheter xlCure Medical has a pocket version of its standard straight male-length catheter, the Cure U Pocket Catheter, where the entirety of the flexible catheter tube is curved to make the packet smaller, discreet, and more compact. Cure's catheters are made with high-quality material and will not kink when bent.

Cure also has a few other travel-ready options, such as a pocket catheter with lubricant included for your convenience and an extra-long pocket catheter (25 inches long), the Cure Medical® Pocket XL (pictured to the right), which is great for those who often use extension tube connectors or are in wheelchairs. 


easycath pediatric pocket catheter for childrenThe Rusch EasyCath™ Pediatric Pocket Catheter (pictured to the left) is great if you're looking for a pocket catheter for your child.

Once extended from the package, this high-quality PVC vinyl catheter is eleven inches for easy manipulation and it has polished eyelets to aid a smooth insertion. 

If your child is starting to self-cath on their own and needs a discreet catheter option to carry in their backpack or their pocket at school, a pocket catheter like this may be a good choice.



Compact Catheters

cure ultra female length prelubricated pocket catheterThe Cure Ultra (pictured to the right) is a new pocket-sized catheter for both women and men (female length pictured to the right), which features their exclusive CoverAll™ lubrication technology. This ensures an even, smooth distribution of the lubrication as the catheter is removed from its small, easy-to-open package. The design is environmentally friendly and simple to dispose of with minimal waste.

The Ultra is available in straight tip for both men and women, and there is also an option with a curved or coudé tip for those who have difficulty passing a straight tip, the Cure Ultra Coudé Male Catheter.


cure twist female lengthFor women who want a discreet option with less mess and no fuss, the Cure Twist may be a great choice.

The Twist's packaging is designed to look similar to cosmetic products like a mascara tube or lipstick. It has an easy-open twist top. It comes ready to use, since it's pre-lubricated. As soon as you're ready, you can self-cath with no worries about mess or dripping.


speedicath compact female pocket catheterA similarly discreet item (pictured to the right) comes from Coloplast, a brand that has been around since 1957. Their mission is to develop products that make life easier on those who have medical needs, and the Coloplast SpeediCath Compact is certainly a product that fits that description due to its discreet packaging and ease of use.

Available in options for both men and women, it is designed to look like an everyday item like a cosmetic product or a marker.

The female length Compact is approximately 2.75 inches long, perfect for discreetly fitting into your pocket or packing in your suitcase for a vacation without worrying about too much additional bulk alongside your other toiletries and clothes.

coloplast speedicath compact for menThe SpeediCath Compact for Men (pictured at left) is also ultra-discreet with a telescopic design that is less than half the size of a standard male catheter.

These options also come in a set with an integrated collection bag that is instantly ready to use, available both in male length and female length.


The CompactCath (pictured below) has a revolutionary design for ultimate privacy and ease of use. It looks unlike any other catheter on the market today.

The flexible catheter is coiled inside a small plastic case that fits in the palm of your hand. Incredibly easy to pocket or carry, this catheter is also touch-free and is pre-lubricated with a silicone-based oil to aid in a super-smooth, comfortable insertion without need for additional lubricant.

compactcath pocket catheter for men and women


Pocket Closed System Catheters

Closed system catheters are a type of intermittent catheter with an all-in-one collection system. Often, they feature an introducer tip to bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria in the first few millimeters of the urethra, which may reduce the risk of infection.

Closed system catheters have attached collection bags, which gives you the freedom to self-cath wherever you have privacy, making it an ideal choice for those in wheelchairs, children, and those who are frequent travelers. 

RUSCH POCKETPAC CATHETER KITThere are some discreet closed system catheter products that offer even more privacy when you carry them with you, such as the Hollister VaPro Pocket Plus, the Hollister Advance Plus Pocket Catheter System, and the Rusch PocketPac Catheter Kit (pictured to the right), which includes insertion supplies to aid the catheterization experience (gauze, BZK antiseptic wipes, two vinyl gloves, underpad, and a refuse bag to dispose of the catheter when you're done).


Other Discreet Options

Many of the intermittent catheters we carry are of such high quality that you can roll it or curve the packaging inside your pocket without kinking the tube itself or damaging the catheter.

Typically many of our pre-lubricated and hydrophilic catheter options are travel-ready and can be discreetly tucked away, like the GentleCath™ Glide, available for both men and women.

The Glide was designed based on actual feedback from real users of catheters, and it's a great option for people who want a discreet and efficient catheterization experience.

gentlecath glide travel hydrophilic catheter

Take a look at more great options in our catheter showcase today!


How Can I Find the Right Pocket Catheter for Me?

Just contact us to speak with one of our friendly Product Specialists.

We'll be glad to help you find an intermittent catheter that may best fit your individual preferences, and we also verify your insurance for you to determine how and if these products are covered on your policy.

Disclaimer: Please note that this post is intended to provide a general understanding of a few of the product options available that are considered smaller, discreet, or pocket catheters. This information should not be used in place of the recommendations for what type of catheter your professional healthcare provider recommends or prescribes for you to use, based on your personal anatomy and individual needs and preferences. Please consult with your prescribing physician for more information on which type of pocket catheter or travel catheter might work best for you.


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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

180 Medical Product News: Cure Pediatric Hydrophilic Catheter

by Jessica September 25 2017 05:54
cure pediatric hydrophilic catheter

We love to keep you informed on the newest catheter and ostomy products on the market, so you can stay in the know about the latest technology and see when something might fit your needs. Take a look at some of the details on Cure Medical's new hydrophilic intermittent catheter made just for kids!

What Should I Know About the Cure Pediatric Hydrophilic Catheter?

Does your child have a condition that requires intermittent catheterization? Whether they are ready to self-cath on their own or if you or another parent or guardian is in charge of their catheterization regimen, it helps to have an intermittent catheter that simplifies your routine. 


Source: Cure Medical

The Cure Pediatric Hydrophilic Catheter has been specifically designed with kids and their parents/caregivers in mind. When there are a lot of other things in the world to worry about, the catheter your child uses should not be one of them. This pediatric catheter isn't made with any of the scary chemicals people often watch out for like DEHP, BPA, and/or natural rubber latex (particularly important if your child has a latex allergy).

This quality option offers the convenience of a hydrophilic catheter combined with the same great quality that you can expect from Cure Medical but with less mess! The water-activated hydrophilic coating keeps the catheter lubricated and the catheterization process stays virtually friction-free from start to finish.

An included textured gripper helps the user advance and control the catheter without having to touch the tube itself, which may help minimize the risk of infection, and the tube itself does not kink when it is bent. 

cure pediatric hydrophilic catheter features

How Do I Use the Cure Pediatric Hydrophilic Catheter?

These instructions were provided in part by Cure Medical. 

countdown how to cath step 1Wash hands and gather any accessories your child may need in addition to the hydrophilic catheter, such as disinfecting wipes or gloves. Position everything so that you're ready.



countdown how to cath step 2Prepare by using disinfecting wipes to clean the area of insertion, putting on gloves, or laying down a drape on your child's lap for additional protection. Get them in the position that works best for them based on their needs and their healthcare professional's recommended directives.



countdown how to cath step 3With the catheter still inside the packaging, press down or squeeze on the included purified water packet to distribute the water evenly and hydrate the catheter for a comfortable insertion without all the mess. 



countdown how to cath step  4Open the catheter package and remove the paper over the adhesive. You can use this adhesive to hold the catheter to a vertical surface like a bathroom cabinet or a wall if preferred, which can help to prevent a mess or spill, until your child is ready to cath. 



how to cath step 5After catheterizing, you can dispose of the one-time-use catheter, packaging, and any accessories in the trash.



For more information about the process of catheterization, we offer a how to catheterize guide just for kids in all options for straight, hydrophilic, and closed system pediatric catheters, along with cathing instructions for adult men and women too.

Disclaimer: Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of how to self-cath. It should not be used in place of your healthcare professional's recommendations for how you or your child should catheterize based on your personal anatomy, condition, and needs. For personalized instructions, visit, call, or consult with your prescribing physician or other professional healthcare provider.

For more information, contact us at 180 Medical where one of our friendly, trained specialists can walk you and your child through the process of catheterization. We can also send you samples of the Cure Pediatric Hydrophilic Catheter 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. 

Which Cure Catheter Products Does 180 Medical Carry?

180 Medical is proud to carry a wide variety of Cure catheter products, including straight catheters, coudé catheters, hydrophilic catheters, closed system catheters, and more. 

We also provide catheters from all of the major brands available on the market today.


180 medical catheter brands carried


How Can I Find the Right Catheter for My Child?

Your child's prescribing healthcare professional will be the first source to go to in order to find the right type and French size based on your child's condition and individual needs. Then give us a call to talk to one of our trained product specialists, and we'll be glad to help. We can also verify your insurance to determine if and how catheter products are covered on your policy. 

We also offer a unique program we call the 180 Medical Kids Club, which we created just for families like yours to ease fears and help you and your child acclimate to the process of cathing. We'll help you adjust to this new way of life with one-of-a-kind educational materials and fun activities (available in English and Spanish). Contact us today!

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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

180 Medical Product News: CompactCath Intermittent Catheter

by Jessica May 31 2017 09:17
compactcath new catheter product

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?

compactcath travel pocket catheterAll 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 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.
  • pocket catheter option compactcathPre-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 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?

countdown how to cath step 1Prepare by washing your hands, using a disinfecting wipe, and/or putting on gloves for additional protection. 


countdown how to cath step 2Peel 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.

countdown how to cath step 3Advance the catheter tube out by pressing down on the handle and gliding the sheath out until the catheter reaches your bladder. 


countdown how to cath step  4Once your bladder is empty, aim the catheter in the desired receptacle and unplug the funnel by pushing it outwards to drain. 


how to cath step 5After catheterizing, simply coil the catheter back inside the case and dispose of it discreetly and hygienically. how to catheterize booklets and dvd


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. 

compactcath intermittent urinary 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 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, visit, call, or consult with your prescribing physician or other professional healthcare provider.



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180 Medical Product News: SpeediCath® Flex Coudé Catheter

by Jessica April 13 2017 05:46
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We love to keep you informed on the new catheter and ostomy products on the market, so you're fully aware of all the latest supply options that might fit your needs. In this post, you can find out more about a new and easy-to-use intermittent catheter product from Coloplast, the SpeediCath® Flex Coudé Catheter.


What Should I Know About the SpeediCath® Flex Coudé Catheter?

About the SpeediCath® Flex

The SpeediCath® Flex is a newly released catheter that offers an all-in-one, discreet, and convenient way to self-cath. With an ultra flexible insertion tip, you can easily guide the catheter through the urethra and into the bladder more comfortably, and the dry sleeve surrounding the tube itself allows you to catheterize without ever touching the catheter, offering you a more hygienic and sterile cathing experience. When you're done, simply lock the ends back together for a clean and discreet way to dispose of the catheter. 

Key Features of the SpeediCath® Flex

  • Male length (14 inches)
  • Soft-squeeze grip
  • Dry sleeve for no-touch insertion
  • Hydrophilic coating for a smooth, friction-free insertion
  • Flexible, soft insertion tip
  • Packaging that is easy to open and close back for tidy disposal
  • PVC-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • Sterile, single-use


Source: Coloplast

How do I use the SpeediCath® Flex Catheter?

countdown how to cath step 1Wash your hands and gather any accessories you may need, such as disinfecting wipes or gloves, then remove the cover label from the adhesive area on the catheter package, so you can attach it to a clean surface within your reach when you're ready to open and use it.


countdown how to cath step 2Prepare by using a disinfecting wipes, putting on gloves, or laying down a drape on your lap for additional protection, if you prefer.



countdown how to cath step 3Open the packaging by using the circular ring to pull the package covering out and then down until you see the gray dots indicating the tear stop.



countdown how to cath step  4Open the catheter by twisting the lock. Be sure to hold both sizes of the catheter up so that none of the liquid inside, which helps lubricate the catheter, will escape or drip out. If you use a collection bag for your urine, you can easily connect the catheter to it. Don't let the flexible tip touch anything before you insert it into your urethra to make sure the entire process stays as sterile as possible.


how to cath step 5After catheterizing, simply put the ends back together and twist the lock to seal the catheter. You can put it back inside the collection bag and close it to dispose of it hygienically and without mess.


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 from straight, hydrophilic, and closed systems.

Disclaimer: Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of how to self-cath. 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, visit, call, or consult with your prescribing physician or other professional healthcare provider.

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 Flex 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. 


coloplast speedicath flex coude 180 medical


Which Coloplast products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical is proud to carry a wide variety of Coloplast catheter products, including their Compact catheters, straight catheters, coudé catheters, hydrophilic catheters, closed system catheters, and more. 

We also provide catheters from all of the major brands available on the market today.

180 medical catheter brands carried


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. 



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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

180 Medical Product News: GentleCath Glide

by Jessica March 7 2017 09:15
180 medical product news gentlecath glide

Interested in keeping up with the latest catheter and ostomy products available on the market? 180 Medical is always ready to share the details on new products with you, and today, we'd like to introduce you to the GentleCath™ Glide.

What are some key features to know about the GentleCath™ Glide?

gentlecath glide hydrophilic catheterThe Glide is a recently launched low-friction hydrophilic catheter with options for both men and women that was specifically designed with FeelClean™ technology to reduce the mess left behind by lubrication after cathing. It's a fast and easy option for those who want a comfortable, super-smooth catheterization experience from start to finish. Simply break the included water sachet to coat the catheter and activate the low-friction hydrophilic surface, and it's ready to go with no additional waiting time. The No-Touch sleeve helps make insertion more simple and lessens the risk of contamination from your hands, which may also reduce the risk of infection. 

Here are some of the main product features:
  • Manufactured without DEHP or latex
  • No-Touch handling sleeve to minimize risk of infection
  • Water sachet included for activation
  • FeelClean™ technology reduces mess
  • Hydrophilic surface
  • Available in both male length (16 inches) and female length (6 inches)

glide catheter user testimonial 1

How do I use the GentleCath™ Glide?

ConvaTec offers a helpful online video guide which you can easily personalize for yourself and your individual needs in less than 30 seconds, including choosing instructions for adults, children, or parent/caregiver, as well as options between male, female, and whether you are a wheelchair-user or not. Once you have selected the options that fit your situation best, a personalized video will be ready for you to watch, offering step-by-step instructions for this easy-to-use hydrophilic catheter. Personalize your GentleCath™ Glide instructional video here.

gentlecath glide hydrophilic catheter how to cath instruction video

Once you have prepared for catheterization by washing your hands, or putting on gloves and using a disinfecting swab or wipe on the area of your urethra, lay out the Glide in front of you. Make sure the included sterile water sachet is near the funnel end of the catheter, and break the sachet by pressing on the blue guide dot. You'll want to let the water coat the entirety of the tube from end to tip to activate the hydrophilic properties, and it's ready to use! Just open the pack by peeling apart the easy-open tabs and handle the catheter by the funnel and the included blue No-Touch sleeve to avoid contaminating the catheter with your hands, and you're ready to insert the catheter. glide catheter user testimonial 2

For step-by-step information about how to catheterize, you can visit www.howtocath.com, which offers instructions for men, women, and children in all options from straight, hydrophilic, and closed systems.

Feel free to contact us at 180 Medical, as well. One of our friendly, trained specialists will listen to your needs and individual preferences and walk you through the process of catheterization. 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. 


Which GentleCath™ products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical is proud to carry the full catheter product line from GentleCath™, including straight catheters, coude catheters, hydrophilic catheters, closed system catheters, and more. 

How can I find the 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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Why Do I Need to Use Coudé Catheters?

by Jessica February 16 2017 02:19
why do i need to use a coude catheter

Have you been recently told you need to use a catheter with a coudé tip? There may be a few key reasons why your doctor has recommended a coudé catheter instead of the standard straight tip intermittent male length catheters.

Read on to find out more of the basic information all about curved tip or coudé tip catheters, as well as how this catheter type may benefit you and your individual needs.


What is a Coudé Tip Catheter?

A coudé tip catheter is a variety of intermittent or foley catheter that is mainly available in male length (typically about 16 inches on average to accommodate for the length of the male urethra). 

It's very easy to tell the difference between the a coudé urinary catheter and the standard straight tip catheter, the insertion tip of the coudé catheter is bent or curved slightly, almost like an elbow. In fact, the French word for "elbow" is how the coudé catheter got its name.


coudé catheter vs straight catheter comparison


Coudé catheters are manufactured in all of the main catheter materials, including vinyl or PVC, silicone, and red rubber latex to name a few. You can get a coudé tip in most every common catheter type as well, from basic uncoated intermittent catheters, pediatric sizes, hydrophilic catheters, pre-lubricated catheters, and closed system catheters

180 Medical proudly carries one of the largest selections of catheter supplies available on the market today from all of the major manufacturers and catheter brands


180 medical catheter brands


Just a few of the popular coudé catheter options include:


coudé catheter options

Find these coudé catheter products and many more in our online catheter showcase!


When is a Coudé Tip Catheter Necessary?

Coudé catheters are generally only used when a standard straight tip catheter cannot be inserted easily or comfortably. This is due to a few reasons, usually related to a stricture or blockage in the urethra, which is the tube in the body which carries urine from the bladder outside of the body. The curved tip of a coudé catheter is often a better choice to bypassing those problem areas and drain the bladder with far less discomfort. 

A few of the most common factors that contribute to this need:
  • Enlarged prostate (or benign prostatic hyperplasia, almost known as BPH)
  • Prior prostate surgery
  • False passages in the urethra or a stoma
  • Radiation in the pelvic area to treat cancer
  • Those with urinary stricture disease or urethral trauma
Coudé catheters may be prescribed by a healthcare professional for any gender when a straight catheter does not easily pass, depending upon your individual physiology and needs. However, the majority of coudé catheter users are men and boys, due to the typical reasons for needing a coudé tip, which is why most coudé catheters are male length or pediatric length.

If you're seeking coudé catheters for women, you may find the right catheter for your needs within the range of male or pediatric length coudé catheters available, and you will have options include straight intermittent catheters, hydrophilic catheters, pre-lubricated catheters, and closed system catheters

Coudé catheter sizes range from pediatric French sizes to 20 FR and above for some particular specialty sizes. This will entirely depend on the brand and type of coudé catheter.


180 medical is here for your coude catheter supply needs


Will My Insurance Cover Coudé Tip Catheters?

Most major insurance companies, including Medicare and many state Medicaid programs as well as private insurance plans, will cover coudé catheters. The type and allowable amount you can receive per month will depend upon your specific policy's coverage of coudé catheters (HCPC code A4352).

Medicare, for instance, will typically cover up to 200 catheters per month (enough to self-cath between 6 and 7 times a day in a 30 day period), as long as there is a doctor's prescription for that amount as well as some supporting documentation offering justification why a coudé tip is necessary rather than the standard straight tip.  

At 180 Medical, we can handle verifying your insurance coverage to determine how your policy will cover your catheters! We will let you know if you will have any out-of-pocket cost, and we can also work with your doctor's office to get any required documentation, so that's one less thing for you to worry about as you begin your journey of learning to self-cath with a coudé catheter.


How Do I Insert and Use a Coudé Catheter?

Your prescribing healthcare professional will likely give you some basic instructions. They will also let you know how many times per day you will need to self-cath to drain your bladder and if you need to record your output.

Here are some basic how-to instructions for uncoated coudé catheters. For more information, visit our helpful site www.howtocath.com.

  1. Gather all of your cathing supplies and keep them nearby.
  2. wash your hands before using cathetersWash your hands, as well as the insertion site with warm soapy water. If available, you may also want to disinfect the insertion site with antiseptic swabsticks or wipes such as BZK or povidone-iodine. Just wipe the area with a circular motion around the urethral opening. This may help reduce risk of infection. 
  3. If available, put on gloves to further reduce risk of contamination of the supplies by any possible germs left on your hands.
  4. Take your catheter out of the package and lubricate it with a sterile, water-soluble lubricant.
  5. While holding the penis gently in one hand, use your other hand to hold the catheter. Pull the penis up and hold it at a 45-degree angle away from your stomach.
  6. Insert the catheter slowly into your urethra. Some brands of coudé catheters have helpful guide dots or stripes available to help you keep the curve of the coudé tip in the angle and direction as  your doctor has suggested/shown you. If there is any resistance when the catheter reaches the sphincter muscle of your bladder, take a deep breath and gently apply steady pressure but do not force the catheter.
  7. When the urine begins to flow, insert the catheter a little further and lower the penis to allow your urine to flow into the toilet, urinal, or other receptacle.
  8. Once the flow of urine has stopped, you can slowly remove the catheter. 
  9. Throw your catheter and any other used supplies away.

We can also send you full-color instructional brochures and videos that will walk you through the catheterization process step-by-step. 

No matter what kind of intermittent catheter you need, 180 Medical can help find the right supplies for you and your individual needs and preferences.

Give us a call today at 1 (877) 688-2729 to speak with one of our highly-trained, friendly Product Specialists to discuss your catheter options. 


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