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What Is a Closed System Catheter?

What is a Closed System Catheter

When it comes to choosing the right catheter for your needs, we know there’s a lot to consider. For example, what is a closed system catheter? Are closed-system catheters covered by my insurance? What are the benefits of using closed system catheter kits?

Get the answers in this comprehensive article! Plus, you can find out how closed system catheters could make your self-cathing routine more hygienic and convenient.

What is a Closed System Catheter?

A closed system catheter is a self-contained pre-lubricated catheter housed within its own collection bag. The sterile collection bag eliminates the need to void the urine into a receptacle or toilet.

As with all intermittent catheters, a closed system catheter’s main function is to drain the bladder in a comfortable, smooth process.

However, it has some advanced special features that truly set this catheter type apart. For example, these catheters are sometimes called “touchless” or “no-touch” catheters because your fingers will never have to directly touch the catheter tube. Because it’s an all-in-one system, it minimizes the risk of contamination and bacterial infection of your urinary tract and bladder.

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Most closed system catheters are perfect for travel or carrying. It’s also convenient for most people because it comes ready to use.

Some closed system catheters also offer gripping aids or easy-to-open packaging for those who have limited hand dexterity, such as people with spinal cord injuries or severe arthritis.

What are the Features of Closed System Catheters?

While each manufacturer’s catheters may vary, you’ll find that the majority of closed system catheter kits have similar features.

180 Medical offers a wide variety of options from all major brands, so you can try and choose what works best for your needs.

Components of a Closed System Catheter Kit

Some Additional Closed System Catheter Kit Features

Many catheter brands offer insertion supplies to help assist in the catheterization routine.

Some brands may include such items as an opaque disposal bag to hide or store the used catheter, antiseptic wipes (typically povidone-iodine or BZK) to disinfect hands and the area of insertion, and gloves to reduce the risk of contamination and infection.

Some closed system catheters also offer gripping aids or easy-to-open packaging for those who have limited hand dexterity, such as people with spinal cord injuries or severe arthritis.

What are the Benefits of Using Closed System Catheters?

Using a closed system catheter has plenty of helpful advantages.

For example, the self-contained collection bag eliminates the need to try to find another receptacle, such as a separate bag, toilet/urinal, or another container for such purpose. You can self-cath right from your wheelchair or any other place where you have privacy.

The introducer tip is also a helpful feature because it allows the catheter to smoothly bypass the first few millimeters of the urethra where the majority of bacteria collect. It is pre-lubricated, soft, and flexible.

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.

How Do I Use a Closed System Catheter?

180 Medical offers detailed online instructions and catheterization videos for how to catheterize using a closed system for men, women, and children. We even offer catheter instructions in Spanish (en Espanol).

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.

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Are Closed System Catheters Available in My French Size?

It’s very likely! Many brands of closed system catheters offer straight or coudé tip, pediatric sizes, male or female length, various materials such as vinyl and red rubber, and a range of the common French sizes.

Check out the below links to see some of the available options in your needed French size.

Which Closed System Catheters Does 180 Medical Carry?

180 Medical proudly carries catheters from all of the leading manufacturers and brands available today.

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

You need a reliable supplier that can give you the best selection of high-quality catheters and unbeatable customer service. Our catheter specialists are ready to help you!

It’s easy to contact 180 Medical. You can fill out our online inquiry form, and we’ll contact you back via your preferred method (email or phone). In addition, you can call us or connect to us on our website’s Live Chat during business hours.

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About the Author
What Is a Closed System Catheter?
Jessica is the Sr. Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, and she has been with the company for over 14 years now. She loves getting to be creative in her role and hearing from customers about the positive impact we've made on their lives.

Outside of work, you can find her hanging out with her husband and their dogs or browsing garden centers (where she will almost certainly buy another houseplant she doesn't really need).