What is Catheterization?

Intermittent catheterization is a way to drain urine from the bladder by placing a small tube called a catheter into the urethra to the bladder. This is recommended when the bladder doesn’t empty on its own. Keeping the bladder as empty as possible will help keep your bladder and kidneys healthy, prevent infections, and control leakage.

Self-catheterization should be done on a regular schedule according to your doctor. It is a simple procedure that almost anyone can learn. 180 Medical has instructional booklets for men, women, boys, and girls as well as an instructional DVD to provide a general understanding of self-catheterization.

Catheterization Tips

Keep hydrated.

Drink plenty of liquids to improve the flow of urine through the kidneys.


If you are tense, it may be more difficult to insert the catheter. To relax, take a few deep breaths or try to cough and try inserting again.

Create a sterile environment.

Insertion supplies can help make the procedure as sterile as possible and help to prevent infections. Insertion supplies typically include sterile gloves, benzalkonium chloride (BZK) wipes, collection bag, and underpad.

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If you need help learning the catheterization procedure or want to learn more about different types of catheters, contact us today and one of our catheter specialists will be happy to help.

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