What is a urinary catheter?
A urinary catheter is a tube that is inserted into the urethra until it reaches the bladder to drain and/or collect urine.
What is an intermittent catheter?
An intermittent catheter is a urinary catheter that is inserted into the urethra and then once the bladder is drained it is immediately removed from the body and discarded.
Are all intermittent catheters the same?
No, there are many differences between intermittent catheters. The materials they are made of vary. Intermittent catheters can be latex, silicone, or red rubber. Intermittent catheters can come with a straight tip which is considered standard or they can be made with a bent tip which is called a "coude tip". The coude tip helps to go around obstructions such as an enlarged prostate. Intermittent catheters can also be made pre-lubricated which is called, hydrophillic. [More]