Bardex is a brand of Foley Catheters that are manufactured by Bard. Catheters are designed to drain urine from the body for those who cannot control their bladder function. A foley catheter is kept in place using a balloon that fills with sterile water after it is inserted. This type of catheter is also called an indwelling catheter because it can used for a longer period of time. Bardex has catheters made of latex as well as silicone. A silicone foley catheter is ideal for those that are sensitive to latex. The catheter has a smooth tip that helps minimize irritation. The catheter's large eyelets allow urine to flow easily and also reduce the risk of blood clots.
Before inserting your catheter, it is helpful to apply Medical Lubricant to the catheter. This will allow the Foley catheter to slide into your body more easily and prevents you from having to apply additional pressure. Applying too much force can damage delicate skin and tissue. You can purchase lubricant in the form of tubes, bottles, or individually wrapped packets. The small packets are especially convenient if you have to insert a catheter while you're away from home. All of the lubricants we sell are water soluable and will not stain clothing.
Once your catheter is inserted, using a Foley Catheter Securement Device will help keep it in the proper position. Catheter stabilizers also prevent uncomfortable tugging on the catheter and reduce the risk of trauma. Our foley stabilizers use gentle adhesive pads or tape to keep the catheter in place. Some have a swivel clamp that secures the catheter while still allowing for freedom of movement. We also carry bands that do not require adhesive, which are ideal for those with sensitive skin. These bands can be worn around the leg or waist. The adhesive stabilizers and bands are both single-use, disposable products.
It is important to regularly clean your foley catheter so it can work properly. Regular use of a foley catheter can result in formation of clots or stones, which clog the tubing and cause urine backflow. Irrigation is the process of rinsing your catheter with a sterile solution to eliminate any clots or blood that may have accumulated. This will allow urine to flow smoothly through the tubing. Failing to irrigate your catheter can lead to a urinary tract infection and discomfort. We carry all of the supplies necessary for Foley Irrigation in convenient, ready-to-use kits.