Three main types of intermittent urologic catheters are available, including closed system catheters, hydrophilic catheters, and intermittent uncoated catheters. Each type of catheter has different options, such as catheter material, catheter French size, insertion tip (straight or coudé), and more. In addition, each catheter type is available in lengths for women, men, and children.
Some of the different options are detailed below, as well as male catheters, female catheters, and pediatric catheters for children.
Closed System Catheters
Closed system catheters are pre-lubricated catheters self-contained in their own collection bag, which creates a sterile environment. Its features include an introducer tip, which helps bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria located in the first few millimeters of the urethra. This may reduce the risk of infection. Also, closed system catheters have an attached collection bag, which offers a way to discreetly-self-catheterize and measure urine output.
Hydrophilic (Self-Lubricated) Catheters
Hydrophilic catheters feature a hydrophilic polymer coating that becomes very slippery when wet. This unique feature promotes excellent gliding properties, which provides up to 95% lower friction than other catheters. The result is a much more comfortable insertion.
Intermittent Straight Catheters
Straight catheters are a straight uncoated tube of flexible vinyl plastic or rubber. You must manually lubricate them before use. One end has a rounded insertion tip while the other end typically features a funnel.
Pediatric catheters typically come in lengths of 10 inches on average, which accommodates for the shorter urethral length of adolescents. 180 Medical carries intermittent catheters for children from all the major brands in every available type, including pediatric hydrophilic catheters, pediatric straight catheters, and pediatric closed system catheters.
Looking for male catheters? 180 Medical offers one of the largest selections of intermittent catheters, including urinary catheters for men. Male length catheters are most often 16 inches long to accommodate the male urethra.
Female catheters offer a shorter, more compact catheter length of anywhere from 3 to 7 inches to suit women’s anatomies. Discreet female length catheters are available in all types, including straight (uncoated) female catheters, hydrophilic and pre-lubricated female catheters, as well as closed system catheters for women.