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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]

Hollister - 2000ml Urine Bag

3429
  • Latex free
  • Sterile fluid pathway
  • Sample port and anti-reflux valve
From $4.87

LoFric Primo - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

3431
  • Latex free
  • Easy insertion and removal
  • Hydrophilic coude tip catheter
  • Urotonic surface technology helps prevent damage to the urethra
From $127.45

Bard - 2000ml Infection Control Urine Bag

3466
  • Sterile
  • Microbicidal outlet tube
  • Anti-reflux chamber
  • Control-fit outlet device
  • Bard EZ-Lok sampling port
From $191.71

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

3468
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Guide strip
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Hydrophilic tapered tip with funnel end
From $4.34

SpeediCath - Hydrophilic Female Catheter

3600
  • PVC and phthalate free
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • 2.75" long
From $1.81

SpeediCath - 6" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

3601
  • Pre-hydrated, ready to use catheter
  • Polished eyelets and hydrophilic coating
  • Packaging can be opened with one finger
  • Free of latex, PVC, and phthalates
From $1.78

Bard Magic 3 - 16" Silicone Intermittent Catheter

3604
  • All silicone design eliminates the potential risks associated with latex and PVC catheters
  • Comfortable, easy and reliable intermittent catheters
  • Gentle on sensitive skin, optimal handling, and easy insertion
  • Latex free
  • Sterile
From $1.53

Graham-Field - Cleaning Brush

3624
  • Removes uric crystal deposits
  • Stainless steel wire handle and nylon brushes
  • Ideal for cleaning many urological and ostomy supplies
From $3.41

Cath Secure - Multi-Purpose Medical Tube Holder

3641
  • The original multi-purpose tube holder
  • Fully adjustable with velcro closure
  • Hypoallergenic
  • DEHP and latex free
  • Available in extended tab style
From $2.54

Urocare - Standard Urinal Suspensory Garment

3671
  • Machine washable
  • For use with the Urocare male urinal sheath
  • Three sizes to choose from
From $50.95

Bard - 18" Latex Extension Tubing

3672
  • Latex tubing
  • Graduated connector
  • Sterile and non-sterile packaging
From $2.69

Dyna Lube - Lubricating Jelly

3681
  • Water soluble
  • Bacteriostatic lubricating jelly
  • Available in tubes and packets
From $1.96

Cure - Catheter Insertion Kit

3683
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • DEHP free
  • Includes: Ambidextrous gloves, BZK wipes, collection bag, underpad, and lubricating jelly packet
From $0.81

Urocare - Male Urinal Leg Bag Adaptor

3687
  • Latex free
  • Size: 1.24" x 0.84"
  • Includes black gasket ring
  • Connects a Urocare male urinal kit to a Urocare leg bag
From $6.07

HR - Lubricating Jelly

3696
  • Sterile
  • Made in the USA
  • Bacteriostatic
  • Kosher Certified
  • Water soluble, non-greasy, unscented
From $3.06

Bard Magic 3 - 6" Female Catheter

3716
  • Sterile catheter
  • 3 layer design
  • Tapered catheter tip
  • Large drainage eyelets
From $1.53

Cure Twist - 6" Pre Lubricated Female Catheter

3721
  • Compact size
  • Easy twist off cap
  • Pre lubricated catheter
  • Polished eyelets
  • DEHP and latex free
From $1.72

Bard Magic 3 - 16" Hydrophilic Catheter

3724
  • Length: 16"
  • French sizes: 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20
  • Latex free, hydrophilic coated intermittent catheter
  • Insertion sleeve included, makes for easy use and clean up
  • Innovative packaging is easy to prep while maintaining sterility
  • All silicone design eliminates the potential risks associated with latex and PVC catheters
From $1.72

Coloplast Conveen Active - Fabric Covered Urinary Drainage Leg Bag (Hide Away Tap)

3726
  • 250 ml capacity
  • Bag can stay on the leg while draining
  • Comfortable and discreet
  • PVC and phthalate free
From $8.70

Dale Hold-n-Place - Foley Catheter Leg and Waist Band

3732
  • Universal foley catheter holder
  • Patented locking system anchors foley catheter
  • Won't restrict movement or irritate skin
  • Disposable
  • Latex free
From $8.62

HealthSmart - McGuire-Style Urinal Replacement Bag

3759
  • Pair of button leg straps included
  • 18" tubing and connector
  • Twist drain port
From $17.29

HealthSmart - McGuire-Style Urinal Replacement Sheath

3760
  • 7" sheath with connector
  • One size fits most
  • Reusable
From $21.37

HealthSmart - McGuire-Style Male Urinal System

3761
  • Corset fastener
  • One size fits most
  • Sheath, catheter bag, and accessories included
From $65.23

SteriGear - 2000ml Urinary Drainage Bag with Fig Leaf Cover

3770
  • Conceals urine
  • QuickView port
  • Anti-reflux drip chamber
From $8.23

Urocare - Black Gasket Ring

3804
  • Package of 10
  • Small gasket ring fits standard drain valves, quick drain valves, and straight-thru adaptors
  • Large gasket ring works with reusable leg bags and urinary drainage bottles
From $0.70
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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