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What is a catheter? Catheters are sterile medical supplies that are used by people who cannot control their bladder function. Some are thin tubes ... [read more]

Rusch MMG - Coude Catheter Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 16" coude catheter, pre-lubricated
  • Urinary catheter kit
  • Includes: sterile gloves, BZK antiseptic towelette, underpad, and gauze
  • This is a sterile kit
From $4.01

ConvaTec GentleCath Tiemann - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter Kit

  • Sterile
  • Hydrophilic catheter with insertion kit
  • Insertion sleeve, no direct hand contact with catheter
  • Helps in the reduction of Urinary Tract Infections
From $32.94

Wellspect SimPro Now - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Hydrophilic catheter includes sterile water sachet
  • Grip sleeve allows for touch-free catheterization
  • Coude Tiemann for difficult insertion around scar tissue or enlarged prostate
  • SimPro Now has smooth eyelets, latex free, funnel end
  • Each sterile coude catheter is indivdally packaged
From $1.97

LoFric Primo - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

1248
  • Catheter fits in a purse or pocket
  • Hydrophilic coating eliminates friction
  • Free of PVC, latex, and phthalates
From $2.02

Bard Clean-Cath - 16" Vinyl Intermittent Catheter

1270
  • Unisex intermittent catheter
  • Straight tip, non-funnel end
  • Single use
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
From $0.88

Bard Clean-Cath Ultra - 16" Touchless Vinyl Intermittent Catheter

1271
  • Touch-less sleeve for easy insertion without touching catheter
  • Sterile unisex catheter
  • Straight non-funnel end intermittent catheter
  • Latex free
From $1.32

Bard Bardia - 16" Red Rubber Intermittent Catheter

1283
  • Sterile
  • French sizes: 10, 12, and 16
  • Two drainage eyes
  • Tapered funnel end
From $1.13

Bard Davol - 16" Red Rubber Straight Catheter

1285
  • Sterile catheter
  • Semi-rigid, red rubber construction
  • Smooth rounded tip for easy insertion
  • Tapered funnel end
From $1.27

Coloplast SpeediCath - 14" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

1356
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Each catheter is pre-packed in sterile saline
  • DEHP and phthalate free
From $1.84

Coloplast Self-Cath - Straight Tip Closed System Catheter

1904
  • Self-Cath straight tip urethral catheter
  • A closed catheter kit designed to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections
  • Easy to use Coloplast catheter with guide
From $3.57

Coloplast Self-Cath - 16" Soft Straight Catheter

1906
  • Sterile
  • Medical grade PVC
  • 16" long, funnel end
  • Smooth polished eyelets for comfort and ease of use
From $0.88

Coloplast Self-Cath - 10" Pediatric Straight Catheter

1910
  • Sterile
  • French size: 6, 8, and 10
  • Reduces risk of urethral trauma
  • Smooth polished eyelets for comfort and ease of use
From $0.90

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

1911
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Uncoated Gripzone area
  • Hydrophilic coating provides excellent lubrication and activates with water
From $2.05

Coloplast Self-Cath - 16" Straight Catheter in Curved Package

1914
  • Sterile
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
  • 16" long with funnel end
  • Curved package for convenience
From $0.91

Coloplast Self-Cath - 16" Straight Catheter

1915
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
  • 16" long with funnel end
From $0.89

Rusch Easy Cath - 16" Straight Catheter with Funnel End

1972
  • Sterile
  • Economical
  • Straight packaging
  • Smooth soft eyelets
  • 16" Easy Cath straight catheter
From $0.96

Rusch MMG - Closed System Catheter Kit

1974
  • 16" pre-lubricated intermittent catheter
  • Convenient urinary catherization kit, reduces UTIs
  • Kit includes: BZK towelette, gloves, underpad, and gauze
  • Sterile
From $4.01

Bard - 16" Intermittent Straight Catheter

2067
  • Sterile
  • Straight catheter
  • French sizes: 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18
  • Straight tip catheter with 4 comfort-sized drainage eyes
  • 2 silicone layers for easy insertion and cushioned comfort
From $1.50

Bard - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

2069
  • Sterile
  • Length: 16"
  • French sizes: 12, 14, 16, and 18
  • Hydrophilic coating on a silicone catheter
  • Packaged with sterile water for easy preparation
From $1.69

Rusch Pocket Pac IC - Closed System Catheter Kit

2098
  • Sterile, no-touch environment
  • 18" pre-lubricated intermittent catheter in a 1300ml collection bag
  • Kit includes: catheter, gauze tissue, BZK towelette, pair vinyl gloves, underpad, and refuse bag
From $4.03

Rusch FloCath - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

2099
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • No additional lubricant needed
  • Smooth, polished surface, staggered eyes
  • "Slippery When Wet" catheter, hydrophilic coating reduces friction
From $1.34

Rusch - 7.2" Female Catheter

2101
  • Color coded funnel
  • Two drainage eyelets
  • Sterile catheter
From $0.46

Rusch Robinson Nelaton - 16" Straight Catheter

2102
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • French sizes: 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22
  • Color coded urinary catheter with funnel end
  • Smooth, rounded tip with staggered eyes
From $0.56

Covidien Dover Rob-Nel - 16" PVC Intermittent Catheter

2147
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Length: 16"
  • Smooth rounded tip and funnel end
  • PVC catheter, slightly firmer than red rubber catheters
From $0.67

Covidien Dover - 16" Red Rubber Catheter

2153
  • French sizes: 14, 16, and 18
  • Intermittent catheter with funnel end
  • Red rubber catheter with smooth polished eyelets
From $0.75
Description

What is a catheter?

Catheters are sterile medical supplies that are used by people who cannot control their bladder function. Some are thin tubes that are inserted into the body, while others are worn on the outside of the body.


What are the three types of catheters?

The three main types of catheters are intermittent catheters, external catheters, and foley catheters. Each one is meant to treat different urological conditions. Be sure to consult with your doctor to determine which catheter is appropriate for your needs.


What are catheters used for?

Catheters are used to treat urinary incontinence or urinary retention, depending on the type of catheter. External catheters are used only by men with urinary incontinence. Foley catheters and intermittent catheters treat urinary retention and can be used by men and women.


How does a catheter work?

Each type of catheter works a bit differently. Intermittent catheters and foley catheters are both inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to drain urine. External catheters are used by men and are worn on the outside of the penis. A catheter bag connects to the external catheter to collect urine.


Additional Information

Catheters can be used to treat two types of urological conditions, urinary incontinence and urinary retention. Urinary incontinence is involuntary urine leakage. Urinary retention is the inability to empty the bladder entirely. Some catheters are inserted into the urethra, such as intermittent catheters and foley catheters. Others are worn on the outside of the body, such as condom catheters. Catheters can be made of various materials such as latex, silicone, or red rubber. They are also available in variety of sizes to fit each person's body and help them work properly. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions when choosing a catheter style and size to avoid complications.

Intermittent catheters are thin tubes that are temporarily inserted to drain the bladder of people with urinary retention. Once the bladder has been emptied, the catheter should be removed and thrown away. These in and out catheters are available with a standard straight tip, or an angled tip known as a coude style. The bent tip of a coude catheter helps navigate around an enlarged prostate or urethral obstructions. Intermittent catheters come in various lengths and diameters to fit each person's anatomy. The diameter of the catheter is referred to as the French size. Men have to use longer catheters in order to reach the bladder. The female urethra is not as long as a male, so women have the choice of using a short catheter or full-length catheter. You can also choose catheters that are pre-lubricated, or you can use an uncoated catheter and pair a separate lubricating jelly with it.

External catheters, also known as condom catheters, are one-piece molded sheaths that go around the shaft of the penis. These are used by men with urinary incontinence as an alternative to adult diapers. A leg bag is worn in conjunction to collect the urine that drains from the catheter. You have the choice of connecting the bag directly to the end of the catheter or using extension tubing if you'd like to wear the bag lower on your leg. Some condom catheters have a gentle adhesive on the inside of the sheath to keep it in place throughout the day. Another option is to attach an external catheter to the body using an adhesive foam strip. We carry external catheters that are transparent, which allows you to monitor the condition of your skin while wearing the catheter. If you are new to cathing, please see our blog on how to use a condom catheter.

One type of external catheter is known as a Texas catheter. This three-piece style is comprised of a thin sheath, a silicone tube, and a connector to direct urine from the penis. The sheath of a Texas catheter tends to be thinner and more flexible than that of a molded external catheter. Texas catheters do not have an adhesive on the inside of the sheath. Therefore, you will need to use a medical grade adhesive to keep it secure. Some men also use an adhesive foam strip to secure the catheter around the penis. Express Medical Supply carries a variety of Texas catheters from brands like Covidien Dover and Urocare.

A Foley catheter is an indwelling catheter that stays in the body for a longer period of time, up to several days or weeks. Foley catheters are often used after surgeries or by people who are confined to bed. A foley catheter has a hollow balloon on one end. After the balloon is inserted into the body, it is filled with sterile water. This helps keep the catheter in the proper position and prevents it from coming out. When the catheter is ready to be removed, the balloon is deflated. While the foley catheter is in use, a drainage bag will need to be connected to the end of the foley catheter to collect urine. One popular supply that is used along with this type of catheter is a foley catheter securement device. These catheter stabilizers are adhesive pads with a small clamp that the catheter tube sits below for protection. They prevent the catheter from being pulled on or becoming dislodged, which can cause pain and urethral damage.

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