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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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Rusch FloCath - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

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

Rusch Tiemann - Coude 16" Intermittent Catheter

  • 16" intermittent catheter with coude tip
  • 2 staggered eyes for better drainage
  • Notch on catheter funnel is used to indicate tip position
  • Color coded for size
  • Sterile
From $2.27

Rusch - 7.2" Female Catheter

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

Rusch Robinson Nelaton - 16" Straight Catheter

  • 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

Rusch - 2000ml Vented Urinary Drainage Bag

  • Sterile fluid pathway
  • Anti-reflux valve
  • Hook hanger
From $2.25

Rusch Belly Bag - 1000ml Urinary Drainage Bag

  • Anti-reflux valve
  • Twist valve drainage port
  • Caa be worn day or night
  • Use with foley or suprapubic catheters
From $19.61

Bemes - 5-in-1 Graduated Tubing Connector

  • Transparent plastic
  • Multi-purpose for drainage bags, tubing, and catheters
From $1.08

Covidien Dover Rob-Nel - 16" PVC Intermittent Catheter

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

Covidien Dover - 4000ml Urine Bag

  • 4000ml urine bag
  • Hook hanger
  • Easy and quick draining
From $9.13

Covidien Dover - 16" Red Rubber Catheter

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

Covidien Dover - Texas Catheter

  • Thin latex catheter
  • Comes with connector tube
  • Bulk quantity only
From $76.45

Covidien Dover - Texas Catheter with Foam Strap

  • 2" connector tube
  • Adhesive strips included
  • Latex external catheter
From $0.66

Covidien Dover - 1-sided Adhesive Foam Strip

  • Measures 1" x 6"
  • Single-sided foam adhesive strip
  • Holds male external catheter in place
From $0.36

Covidien Dover - Texas Catheter Take Home Pack

  • Components for 12 catheters
  • One-sided adhesive foam strips
  • Conveniently packaged
From $9.64

Covidien Dover - 18" Clear Urinary Extension Tubing And Connector

  • Inner diameter: 0.335"
  • Includes a graduated connector
  • For all external devices and leg bags
From $2.51

Coloplast Alpine Fresh - Urinary and Ostomy Appliance Cleanser

  • Cleans and deodorizes
  • Non-toxic, biodegradable, and non-corrosive
  • Concentrated formula won't harm rubber or plastic
From $21.69

Uri Kleen - Urinary and Ostomy Appliance Cleanser

  • Appliance cleanser and deodorizer
  • Cleans in just 10 minutes
  • Works well with all urological and ostomy appliances
From $29.17

Urocare - 2000cc Night Drainage Bottle

  • Reusable and easy to clean
  • 60" of vinyl tubing
  • Includes Urocare's "Little Red Anti-Reflux Valve"
  • Large bottom surface area
From $45.85

Urocare - Night Drain Bottle Replacement Cap

  • Replacement part for Urocare Urinary drainage bottle (URO4100)
  • Includes built-in valve housing
  • "Little red valve" sold separately
From $6.58

Urocare - 2000ml Urine Bag

  • Anti-reflux device
  • Needleless sample port
  • 50" clear vinyl tubing
  • T-Valve drainage outlet
From $4.85

Urocare - Universal Male Urinal Kit

  • Adjusts using velcro closures along waistband
  • Detachable sheath for easy cleaning
  • Attaches easily to a leg bag or drainage bag
From $72.37

Urocare - Male Urinal Sheath

  • Length: 4" or 7"
  • Double odor protection
  • Includes a drain valve
From $32.59

Urocare - Standard Male Urinal Kit

  • Stretchable fabric waist band and corset fastener
  • Male urinal collection system attaches to leg bag/drainage bag
  • Detachable sheath for easy cleaning
From $72.88

Urocare Uro-Con - Texas Catheter

  • Size: 25mm, 30mm and 35mm sizes
  • Choose from a 2" or 4" tube
  • Does not contain an adhesive strip
From $0.97

Urocare Uro-Con - 4" Texas Catheter with Urofoam Strip

  • Size: 30mm and 35mm
  • Latex male external condom catheter
  • Adhesive strip and connector included
From $1.61

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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