Clean-Cath is a brand of intermittent catheters that are used to drain the bladder for those with urinary incontinence. Intermittent Catheters are only inserted into the body while the bladder is being emptied and then are immediately removed. Clean-Cath catheters are made of PVC, so they are a great option for people with latex allergies. You can choose from a catheter with a straight tip a coude tip. The coude tip is angled, making it ideal for men with an enlarged prostate or a person with a narrow urethra. Both styles have a rounded tip that makes for smooth insertion. Clean-Caths are available with a funnel-shaped end that allows for easy drainage.
A Female Catheter is another intermittent catheter style that is specifically designed for a woman's bodily structure. Many of our female catheters are hydrophilic, meaning that they are pre-lubricated. There are hydrophilic catheters that are made for men as well. Hydrophilic catheters are sterile, so they should be disposed of after one use. We carry many urinary catheter sizes for women, ranging from 8 inches to 3 inch compact styles. The smaller compact catheters are easy to take on the go. The size you choose will depend on urethral length and what is most comfortable for you.
If you choose to use a catheter that is not hydrophilic, Catheter Lubricant makes for smoother insertion. Lubricating jelly creates a slick surface, so you will not need to apply as much pressure to insert the catheter. Applying too much pressure can cause discomfort and can also damage the urethra. Our catheter lubricating gels are non-greasy and won't stain clothing or fabric. Express Medical Supply sells lubricant in individually wrapped packets. The single packets are sterile, which helps reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. Wearing disposable medical gloves is also an important part of sanitary catheter insertion.
There are also catheters made to specifically fit male anatomy. They are called external catheters because they are not inserted into the penis. These include condom catheters and Texas style catheters. An external catheter is rolled onto the shaft of the penis, much like a condom. Once an external catheter is applied, catheter tubing is attached. The tubing is then connected to a drainage bag that collects the urine. A Texas catheter is comprised of a silicone tube, a thin sheath, and a plastic catheter insert. An adhesive strip is used to keep the Texas catheter in place. Other external catheters, such as Coloplast Catheters, are made of one uniform piece that has an adhesive interior to hold the catheter in place.
Foley Catheters are indwelling catheters that can be used by both men and women. Unlike an intermittent catheter, an indwelling catheter is inserted in the bladder and stays in the body for a longer period of time. A foley catheter is composed of a thin tube with a hollow balloon near the end. The deflated balloon is inserted into the body and is then filled with sterile water. This helps keep the catheter in place and prevents it from falling out. Foley catheters are connected to a urine collection bag via tubing.