Do your current intermittent catheters leave behind a mess or make you feel sticky after using them? Are they difficult to lubricate? Do you encounter friction during cathing and find yourself wishing you had a more comfortable catheter option? You may want to learn a bit about FeelClean™ Technology and how it may aid in a cleaner, more comfortable catheterization.
What is FeelClean™ Technology?
So, what exactly is FeelClean™ Technology? This unique technology can only be found in GentleCath™ Glide hydrophilic catheters.
Many catheter manufacturers today create hydrophilic catheters by dipping them into a coating and then leaving them to cure. This coating then adheres to the outside of the catheter tube. This works well enough, although this may make the catheter more prone to drying out or getting sticky.
However, GentleCath™ Glide catheters are different. Glide catheters have their hydrophilic (water-friendly) properties embedded within the actual material of each catheter. In other words, when you try a GentleCath™ Glide hydrophilic catheter, you’re using a catheter that’s hydrophilic from the insertion tip to the end of the tube.
This ultimately adds up to a faster, cleaner, and more comfortable cathing experience for many catheter users.
Benefits of GentleCath™ Catheters with FeelClean™ Technology
GentleCath™ Glide catheters are the only hydrophilic catheters not made with PVP, a glue that is often used in manufacturing that can make catheters sticky when they dry.
As coated catheters dry, they can become sticky which makes removal uncomfortable. With FeelClean™ Technology, it takes 39% less force to start removing than the leading coated catheter.*
Minimal mess and residue
Because FeelClean™ Technology locks in the hydrophilic properties and doesn’t require a coating, users can enjoy more comfort without the unpleasant mess or residue associated with coated catheters.
What else makes GentleCath™ Glide Catheters with FeelClean™ Technology so special? Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of FeelClean™ Technology and what you may like most about it.
How Can Catheters with FeelClean™ Technology Benefit Me?
Some of the common problems that people have with their current hydrophilic coated catheters may include:
- Feeling messy
- Taking too long to soak and activate
- Feeling sticky or drying out quickly
- A painful or uncomfortable catheterization experience
GentleCath™ Glide catheters, which are made with FeelClean™ Technology, directly address many of these common cathing issues.
Instant Hydrophilic Activation
First, many hydrophilic coated catheters need to be soaked before use. This can be anywhere from 15 seconds up to a full minute of waiting.
However, when using GentleCath™ Glide catheters, all you have to do is break the included water packet. As soon as water touches a catheter with FeelClean™ Technology, it’s ready to use right away.
Less Mess and Residue
Because FeelClean™ Technology is a part of the catheter, not just a coating, this helps reduce the residuals and mess often left behind by cathing.
In fact, in in vitro testing, the GentleCath™ Glide catheters had less residue than competing products.
What does this mean for you? Less residue, stains, or mess on your hands, body, and clothes.
No Stickiness and No Drying Out
Have you ever used a hydrophilic catheter that dries out in the middle of using it? That just doesn’t happen when you use a GentleCath™ Glide Catheter made with FeelClean™ Technology.
Glide catheters don’t dry out during use. Also, they don’t get sticky. The GentleCath™ Glide catheter is designed to stay smooth and comfortable from the moment you start using it until you’re done.
What Catheters Are Available with FeelClean™ Technology?
Using catheters isn’t something you choose to do, right? You do it because you have to in order to stay healthy. So cathing should never feel painful, sticky, inconvenient, or messy.
If you’re ready to try a catheter with FeelClean™ Technology, you may be wondering what’s available.
180 Medical is proud to carry the entire GentleCath™ catheter line from Convatec.
This includes the GentleCath™ Glide Female Length Hydrophilic Catheter. It’s an ideal length at 6 inches for women who use catheters. Plus, it comes in a range of French sizes small enough to work for female children and adolescents too.
For men or anyone else who caths, you may prefer the male-length version of the GentleCath™ Glide Straight Hydrophilic Catheter. At 16 inches long, it offers plenty of length for manipulation as well as flexibility. Children who need pediatric-sized catheters with French sizes starting at 8 Fr or above can also use the GentleCath™ Glide in male (unisex) length.
Additionally, 180 Medical carries an option for those who have difficulty passing a standard straight tip catheter. If you need a comfortable coudé catheter, try the GentleCath™ Glide Coudé Catheter, which is also available in male/unisex length.
Where Can I Get GentleCath™ Catheters?
From our beginnings, 180 Medical has specialized in catheter supplies. As a company founded by a real catheter user living with a spinal cord injury, Todd Brown, we understand and emphasize the importance of being able to choose the catheter brand that works best for each person’s individual needs and preferences.
That’s why we carry one of the widest varieties of catheter brands and types in our inventory, including the popular GentleCath™ catheter line.
If you’d like to try a free sample of GentleCath™ Glide or any one of the many other high-quality catheter products we carry, we encourage you to reach out and contact us.
Our Catheter Specialists are ready to help you find the products that can turn your quality of life around.