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How do I lubricate a catheter?

When you’re new to using straight catheters, you might wonder: how do I lubricate my catheter hygienically? Here are a few helpful tips.

  • Cut the sterile lubricant packet open at both ends, then slide your straight catheter through the packet.
  • Squeeze lubricant directly onto the catheter tube and spread it while wearing gloves.
  • Open the catheter package and squeeze the lubricant inside the package.

catheter lubrication

Whatever method works best for you is fine. Just try not to directly touch the portion of the catheter tube inserted in your body. This may help reduce the risk of infection from hand contamination.

Disclaimer: This content is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please do not use it in place of a visit or consultation with a qualified healthcare provider. 

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