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What is a closed system catheter? A closed system catheter is an intermittent catheter that is self-contained within a drainage bag. This eliminate ... [read more]
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Bard Touchless Plus - Closed System Catheter Kit

1272
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Helps reduce urinary tract infections
  • Available with or without accessories
From $3.78

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 $3.64

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

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

Bard Touchless Plus - Red Rubber Closed System Catheter

2356
  • Pre-lubricated red rubber catheter
  • Helps prevent a UTI
  • Includes sterile catheter and 1100cc collection bag
  • Available with or without accessories
From $4.06

Rusch - Straight Tip Closed System Catheter

3075
  • Sterile
  • Helps reduce UTI's
  • 16" prelubricated intermittent catheter with collection bag
From $4.09

LoFric Hydro-Kit - Closed Sytem Hydrophilic Catheter

3219
  • Smooth catheter eyes
  • Nelation rounded catheter tips
  • Includes catheter, water pocket, and collection bag
  • Convenient tear point allows for easier emptying
  • Low-friction catheter minimizes risk of infection, while maximizing comfort
  • Latex free
From $5.95

Coloplast Self-Cath - Straight Tip Closed System Catheter Kit

3469
  • Kit includes: BZK towelette, gloves, underpad, and PVI swabsticks
  • Designed to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • 1100 ml urine collection bag
  • Latex free medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
From $4.08

Cure - Closed System Catheter Kit

3901
  • 16" pre-lubricated intermittent catheter in either 12 Fr, 14 Fr, or 16 Fr
  • Kit includes: PVI swabs, BZK wipes, gloves, underpad, and gauze
  • DEHP free
  • Latex free
From $3.27

Rusch H2O - Hydrophilic Closed System Catheter Kit

3938
  • Designed to reduce urethral trauma
  • Introducer tip protects catheter from bacteria
  • Closed system catherization kit, helps reduce UTIs
  • Sterile compact way to maintain a healthy active lifestyle
From $4.10

Hollister Apogee Plus - Closed System Catheter Kit

4086
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Firm catheter
  • Introducer tip
  • Helps reduce UTIs
From $3.70

Hollister Advance Plus - Closed System Catheter Kit

4087
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Closed catheter system kit in 12 Fr and 14 Fr
  • Introducer tip protects catheter from bacteria
  • Helps reduce UTIs
From $5.02

Hollister VaPro Plus - 8" Closed System Catheter

4094
  • Straight tip
  • No latex, PVC, or phthalates
  • Hydrophilic female catheter
  • Protective sleeve and covered tip
From $5.95

Hollister VaPro Plus - 16" Hydrophilic Closed System Catheter

4095
  • Latex free
  • Catheterization on the go, no receptacle needed
  • Provides ease of use and protection from bacteria
  • Hydrophilic catheter with a tip and sleeve
From $5.95

Hollister VaPro Plus Pocket - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

4236
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Pocket pack measures 4" W x 6" L
  • Discrete male catheter designed for those with active lifestyles
From $5.58

Rusch - Red Rubber Closed System Catheter

  • 16" sterile catheter
  • Pre-lubricated with smooth polished eyelets
  • Capped introducer tip extends sterile field
  • Contains natural rubber latex
From $4.09

Rusch - Coude Closed System Catheter

  • Sterile catheter
  • Reduces the risk of UTIs
  • Coude tip
  • 16" pre-lubricated catheter with 1500 ml collection bag
From $369.55

Rusch - Soft PVC Closed System Catheter

  • Sterile pre-lubricated soft PVC catheter
  • Introducer tip helps stop UTIs
  • Available in 14 Fr
  • Includes catheter and collection bag
From $4.07

Coloplast Self-Cath - Coude Closed System Catheter

  • Coude tapered tip with guide strip
  • Pre-lubricated
  • Designed to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • 1100 ml urine collection bag
  • Latex free medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
From $3.64

Coloplast Self-Cath - Coude Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 14FR, sold in boxes of 50
  • Coude Tip, closed sterile system
  • Lubricated PVC catheter
  • Latex free
  • Included accessories: glove, povidone-iodine swabsticks, BZK wipe, underpad
From $194.07

Rusch MMG - Red Rubber Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 16" pre-lubricated intermittent catheter
  • Convenient urinary catheter kit, helps to reduce urinary tract infections
  • Kit includes: BZK towelette, gloves, underpad and gauze
  • Sterile, one time use red rubber catheter
From $4.09

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 $4.09

Rusch MMG - Soft Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 16" pre-lubricated intermittent catheter
  • Convenient urinary catheterization kit, reduces UTIs
  • Kit includes BZK towelette, gloves, underpad, and gauze
  • Sterile
From $4.09

Cure Closed System Catheter

  • Straight tip, pre-lubricated catheter
  • 1500 ml collection bag
  • Smooth polished eyelets
  • Free of latex, BPA, and DEHP
  • Available in 14 Fr.
From $3.05
Description

What is a closed system catheter?

A closed system catheter is an intermittent catheter that is self-contained within a drainage bag. This eliminates the need for a receptacle or toilet to drain urine into.

Additional Information

One of the main features of a closed system catheter is the catheter introducer tip with a protective cap. When you are ready to cath, you remove the plastic cap, which reveals the introducer tip. The tip is designed to bypass the first few millimeters of your urethra, which tends to contain a higher level of bacteria. By navigating around that area, you prevent the bacteria from going into the urethra and urinary tract. Closed system catheters also have a plastic sleeve around the entire length of the catheter to prevent your hands from coming into contact with the catheter itself. This is what makes it a touchless catheter. All of these features increase sanitation while cathing, thus reducing the risk of urinary tract infections.

Another benefit of closed system catheters is that they are sterile and pre-lubricated so they are ready to use out of the box. They have a slick coating along the entire length of the catheter that makes for more comfortable insertion. The lubricant prevents you from applying too much pressure while inserting the catheter. Having to use alot of force is not only uncomfortable, but it can damage urethral tissue. Another benefit of pre-lubricated catheters is that they reduce the amount of supplies you have to use. This makes it easy to cath when you are not at home.

Just like standard intermittent catheters, closed system catheters come in a variety of styles and sizes. You can choose from a straight tip or a coude tip catheter, depending on your needs. A straight tip is considered standard and is a common catheter to start out with. If inserting a straight tip is uncomfortable, the bent end of a coude tip catheter may work better for you. This type of tip maneuvers around any urethral strictures or an enlarged prostate, decreasing pain. We carry closed system catheters in several French sizes, which is the diameter of the catheter tube.

Some closed catheters are hydrophilic. A hydrophilic catheter comes with a slick polymer coating on the outside of the catheter. When this coating comes into contact with water, it becomes even more smooth. This makes insertion especially comfortable and easy. To activate the coating, simply burst the saline packet that is enclosed in the closed catheter bag. Moving the bag around will help the saline adhere to the entire length of the catheter. Because the saline packet is contained inside the catheter bag, no mess is created.

When it comes to the material of the catheter itself, there are several options available including vinyl, silicone, and red rubber. A vinyl catheter, also referred to as PVC, is the firmest of the three materials. Vinyl catheters often have a color-coded funnel at the end that indicates the French size. Silicone catheters are very smooth and tend to be moderate in terms of firmness. However, there are some silicone catheters that are specifically labeled soft. These soft catheters are a bit more flexible than standard silicone. Another material is red rubber and it is the most flexible of the three. Some people prefer the pliable design, while others find them more difficult to insert. A red rubber catheter should not be used by anyone with a latex allergy or sensitivity, as this can cause a reaction.

Express Medical Supply offers standalone closed system catheters as well as closed system catheter kits. The kits come with supplies like underpads, gloves, and prep pads. The underpad is meant to give you a clean space to set your supplies on while you cath. Although closed system catheters don't require you to touch the catheter, it can still be beneficial to wear gloves. The gloves provide protection during steps like prepping the skin and emptying the catheter bag. Supplies like BZK antiseptic wipes or povidone iodine swabsticks are included in catheter kits to disinfect the skin around the genital area before inserting the catheter. Taking all of these measures before cathing will reduce your risk of urinary tract infections even more.

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