Bardia is a line of catheters and urological supplies from Bard. This brand makes red rubber catheters, foley catheters, and kits complete with the items you need to insert and clean your catheter. Red rubber catheters are a type of intermittent catheter that are only in the body during urination and then are immediately removed. Foley catheters are indwelling catheters that can be left in the body for a longer period of time. Catheter kits contain items such as gloves and antiseptic pads that allow you to insert or irrigate your catheter easily while helping reduce the risk of infection.
Foley Catheters are indwelling catheters that can be used by men or women. These catheters consist of a hollow tube with a small balloon on one end. The balloon is inserted into the body and then is filled with sterile water. This helps hold the catheter in the proper place so that it will not fall out of the body. Foley catheters have a silicone coating that reduces urethral discomfort and is a great alternative for those with a latex allergy. Some Foley catheters also contain silver, which provides an additional antibacterial barrier to lower the risk of infection.
When using a Foley catheter, a leg bag is connected to the other end of the tube that is outside of the body for urine to drain into. Once the bag is full, you will empty it and the Foley catheter will need to be changed. Reusable and disposable leg bags are both available, depending on your needs. In addition to leg bags, we also sell larger capacity Overnight Urine Collection Bags that prevent you from having to wake up during the night and drain your bag. Longer tubing is available, which will allow for more freedom of movement during sleep.
A Red Rubber Urethral Catheter made of latex and come in many different French sizes. Red rubber catheters tend to be more flexible than catheters made of PVC. They do not require the use of a collection bag because they are only inserted during urination and then are removed. There are two small eyelets at the end of the catheter that allow the urine to drain. Red rubber catheters can be washed thoroughly and re-used, but it is best to dispose of the catheter after each use for maximum sanitation.
Both red rubber catheters and foley catheters are available with either a straight tip or bent tip. The bent style is also known as a French Coude Catheter. Men with an enlarged prostate can benefit from a coude tip because it is able to maneuver past that tight space. Coude catheters are also ideal for women with a narrow urethra or a urethral blockage. This type of catheter is usually more comfortable for these patients because the bent style decreases resistance. If your coude catheter is not pre-lubricated, you should still use a separate sterile lubricant to reduce friction.