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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]
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Hollister - Catheter Leg Bag with Lever Style Valve

1724
  • Urine bag features a lever style drain, anti-reflux valve, and pleated sides
  • Leg strap connectors and drain valve face away from the leg for comfort
  • Latex free

From $5.05

Hygenic - Bulk Latex Rubber Tubing

1745
  • Seamless tubing
  • Inner Diameter: 5/16" or 1/4"
  • Outer diameter: 7/16", 1/2" or 3/8"
  • Perfect for medical, laboratory, and industrial uses
From $30.40

Covidien Dover - 2000ml Urine Bag

1822
  • Latex free
  • Hook hanger and string loop
  • Needle sampling port and drain tube
From $3.37

Covidien Dover - 2000ml Urine Bag with Anti-Reflux Chamber

1823
  • Latex free
  • Safe and easy sample port
  • Hook hanger
From $3.16

Covidien Dover - 2000ml Urine Bag with Anti-Reflux Valve and SplashGuard

1831
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Needle sampling, anti-reflux chamber, and drain port
  • Double hook hanger and 50" tubing
From $5.05

Covidien Curity - 2000ml Urine Bag

1833
  • Latex free
  • Double hook universal hanger
  • Safe sample port
  • Mono-Flo anti-reflux device
From $4.65

Medline - Urinary Drainage Leg Bags with Straps (Twist Valve)

1885
  • Latex-free
  • Pre-attached comfort straps
  • Available in 20 oz and 32 oz sizes
  • Twist drain valve
From $2.19

Medline - 18" Clear Drainage Bag Extension Tubing And Connector

1886
  • Latex free
  • Sterile fluid pathway
  • Connector included
From $1.34

Medline - 2000ml Urine Bag

1887
  • Latex free
  • 48" drain tube
  • Anti-reflux tower
  • Double hook hanger and bed sheet clamp
From $3.45

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 - 6" Female Catheter

1908
  • Sterile intermittent catheter
  • Latex free
  • Polished eyelets and optional funnel end
From $0.85

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 - 24" Extension Tube for Intermittent Catheters

1913
  • 24" extension tubing with connector
  • Connects easily to provide additional length
  • Includes connector
From $2.96

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

Coloplast Self-Cath - 16" Tapered Coude Catheter with Guide Stripe

1921
  • Guide strip
  • Coude tip
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
  • 16" long, funnel end
From $2.69

Coloplast Self-Cath - 16" Coude Catheter, Olive Tip with Guide Stripe

1936
  • Sterile
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
  • 16" long, funnel end
  • Coude tip with guide stripe
From $2.72

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 Easy Cath - 16" Coude Catheter with Funnel End (Straight Package)

1973
  • Sterile
  • Coude tip with a funnel end
  • Clear latex free PVC material
  • Polished soft eye eyelets for quick drainage
  • 16" intermittent catheter in a straight package
From $2.08

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 $4.09

Posey Incontinence Sheath Holder

2025
  • One size fits most
  • Velcro closure
  • Washable male external catheter holder
From $2.02

Bard - 16" Intermittent Straight Catheter

2067
  • Sterile
  • Straight catheter
  • French sizes: 12, 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 $4.11
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 is a catheter 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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