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Using a Hydrophilic Catheter For Males

Important Note on Hydrophilic Catheters: 

Hydrophilic Catheters have water packetsIf you experience pain or discomfort while using a catheter, hydrophilic catheters may be a good choice for you. While some brands of hydrophilic catheters are pre-activated and ready to use as soon as you open the package, others may require you to activate the coating first. If the hydrophilic catheter has a packet, you must first activate the hydrophilic properties of the catheter by releasing the solution.

To do this, unfold the package and then fold the water packet about halfway. Next, apply pressure with your thumb and forefinger to burst the package. This will release the solution. Make sure that it has fully coated the catheter. Lastly, allow at least 30 seconds to fully hydrate.

Catheter Instructional Videos

Hydrophilic Catheters
A message about hydrophilic catheters from 180 Medical Founder, Todd Brown.
GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheters
GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheters
This online guide shows men how to use the GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheter (or similar hydrophilic catheters with a water packet). On this page, you can completely personalize your video guide with step-by-step instructions for each catheter type and options including:

  • sitting
  • standing
  • cathing from a wheelchair
  • limited hand dexterity

Rusch FloCath Quick Kit

This video demonstrates how to prepare the Rusch FloCath Quick Kit or another similar hydrophilic catheter option with a water packet.

CompactCath CatheterThis video demonstrates how to use the pre-lubricated CompactCath catheter, which comes inside a clear palm-sized case.

Hi-Slip Full Plus Hydrophilic CatheterThis video shows how to prepare the Hi-Slip Full Plus for insertion. It includes information on how to easily activate the hydrophilic coating.

Coloplast SpeediCath Catheter for Men
Catheter animation teaches you how to use Coloplast’s SpeediCath male catheter.
MTG Hydrophilic Straight Catheters
This video shows you how to prepare and use an MTG hydrophilic straight male catheter.
How To Use A Urinary Intermittent Straight Male Catheter

This video shows how to use an Intermittent Urinary Catheter with a Straight Tip.
Rusch MMG H20 Hydrophilic Intermittent Closed System: Male

Instructional video for the Rusch MMG H20 Hydrophilic Intermittent Closed Catheter System.
How To Use A Urinary Hydrophilic Straight Male Catheter

This video shows how to use a Hydrophilic Male Urinary Catheter that has a straight tip. MTG’s hydrophilic lubrication makes catheter insertion easy with less irritation.
GentleCathTM Trainer: a personalized video guide on how-to-cath
Customizable video guide with step-by-step instructions and tips for self-cathing.
BD Magic3™ Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter Guide for Males
BD’s instructional catheterization video for how to cath using a BD Magic3™ Hydrophilic Catheter.
BD Magic3™ GO Catheter Instruction Guide for Men
BD’s instructional catheterization video for how to cath using a BD Magic3™ GO Catheter.


Printable Literature

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Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of self-catheterization. It should not be used in place of a visit, call, or consultation with a physician or other healthcare provider.
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