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Do Catheters Expire?

by admin May 27 2013 08:39
It is important to all of us at 180 Medical to answer common questions for our patients regarding catheterizing.

If new to catheterizing, you have probably wondered if intermittent catheters expire. If they do expire, what is the harm?

According to catheter manufacturer Teleflex Medical’s global labeling policy, catheter labels require an expiration date or some other means by which users may be assured of the quality at the time of use. Expiration dates are solely for package integrity and sterility. Typically the catheters themselves do not breakdown once expired, but the sterility can be compromised after the expiration date.

Catheter Expiration Date
Additionally if you are using a hydrophilic catheter that has sterile water to activate the lubricant enclosed in the kit, the expiration date indicates the tested time during which sterility of this water can be maintained. From our experience there is more of a chance that the sterile water may be dried up or become cloudy after the expiration date.

180 Medical recommends that our customers use catheters prior to the expiration date to take any possible step to create a sterile environment and help prevent any unnecessary infections.

About the Author:

Trish has worked for 180 Medical for almost three years, as the Nebraska Office Coordinator. She lives in Nebraska, with her husband and daughters.