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Bard Spirit External Catheters: Hydrocolloid Adhesive Matters

Updated Content April 24, 2024

Why Bard Medical Hydrocolloid Condom Catheter Adhesive Matters

Spirit Hydrocolloid Male External Catheters: A Comfortable Solution for Male Urinary Incontinence

For those managing male urinary incontinence, finding a comfortable and effective solution is crucial to maintaining their quality of life. The Spirit Hydrocolloid Male External Catheters offer an innovative approach to this challenge, providing patients with a less invasive alternative to intermittent catheters. Combining hydrocolloid adhesive with breathable silicone, these male external catheters ensure a secure fit, exceptional comfort, and promote skin health. In this article, we'll explore what these catheters are for and why they are a wise choice for individuals dealing with male urinary incontinence.

Understanding Male External Catheters

Male external catheters, like the Spirit Hydrocolloid Catheters, are specifically designed for managing urinary incontinence in men. Unlike internal catheters, which require insertion into the bladder, external catheters offer a non-invasive solution. These catheters, resembling condoms in appearance, are self-adhesive and can be easily applied and removed, ensuring a more comfortable experience for users.

How to Use External Condom Catheters

To apply the catheter:

  1. Wash the penis with mild soap and warm water, ensuring thorough drying.
  2. Trim pubic hair if necessary for a smooth application surface.
  3. Unroll the self-adhering catheter over the penis, ensuring a proper fit.
  4. Gently squeeze the catheter to seal the adhesive to the skin, preventing leakage.
  5. Connect the catheter to a drainage device for comprehensive urinary incontinence management.

To remove the catheter:

  1. Gently roll the catheter off the penis.
  2. If the adhesive is stubborn, apply a warm wet compress to help loosen it.

Why Choose Condom Catheters Over Adult Diapers?

While adult diapers are a common solution for urinary incontinence, many men prefer condom catheters for several reasons:

  1. Comfort: Condom catheters offer a more discreet and comfortable option, allowing for greater freedom of movement.
  2. Dignity: Unlike adult diapers, which can be bulky and noticeable, condom catheters provide a more dignified solution, resembling regular underwear.
  3. Skin Health: Condom catheters help maintain better skin health by reducing moisture buildup and minimizing the risk of skin irritation.
  4. Convenience: External catheters are easier to apply and remove, simplifying the management of urinary incontinence for both users and caregivers.

In conclusion, for those seeking a comfortable, reliable, and discreet solution for managing male urinary incontinence, the Bard Spirit Hydrocolloid Male External Catheters are an excellent choice. With their innovative design, secure fit, and focus on skin health, these catheters provide an effective alternative to traditional methods. Whether you're managing urinary incontinence yourself or caring for a loved one, the Spirit catheters offer comfort, convenience, and peace of mind.

Advantages of Spirit Male External Catheters

  • Innovative Design: The Spirit Male External Catheters feature a unique blend of moisture-wicking hydrocolloid adhesive and breathable silicone. This combination promotes skin health by effectively managing moisture and reducing the risk of skin irritation.
  • Secure Fit: With 70% more adhesive than traditional designs, Spirit catheters offer a secure attachment, preventing accidental detachment during daily activities and providing users with peace of mind.
  • Comfort and Breathability: Crafted from silicone, these catheters prioritize comfort and flexibility, allowing for natural movement without discomfort or restriction. Additionally, the breathable silicone helps regulate temperature and moisture levels, enhancing overall comfort.
  • Easy Visual Inspection: The clear material of the catheter enables users to monitor their skin's condition easily, facilitating early detection of any potential issues.
  • Diverse Range: Spirit offers a wide range of male external catheters, including different styles and sizes to accommodate individual needs and preferences.

What is Skin Maceration?

Maceration is when your skin begins to soften because the skin has prolonged exposure to moisture. This exposure not only softens the skin, it begins to break down the skin as well. This break down will cause the external condom catheter to not adhere to the skin. Healthy, dry, intact skin works best with condom catheters. By using a hydrocolloid adhesive like the adhesive found in Bard Spirit condom catheters, your skin will have less risk of skin break down.

Why Hydrocolloid Adhesive?

How Bard Rochester Spirit Hydrocolloid Adhesive Works

Standard adhesive has a limited ability to wick moisture away from the skin. This causes moisture to be trapped. By using a hydrocolloid adhesive and pure silicone, Spirit external condom catheters are able to wick moisture away from the skin. This breathablity helps promote skin integrity but it also minimizes the risk of leaks. Spirit catheters use this improved technology to improve the over-all experience of wearing condom catheters.

Bard Spirit is available in a variety of styles, each style is designed to meet different needs:

Styles of Bard Rochester Spirit Condom Catheters for Make Incontinence
Style 1 - Ultra-flex
Sheath length = 3"
Width of Adhesive = 1.75"
Style 1 is what many would consider a traditional external catheter because of the length of the sheath and the placement of the adhesive. However, the hydrocolloid adhesive increases breathability which sets it apart from traditional sheaths.

Style 2 - POP ON
Sheath length = 1.5"
Width of Adhesive = 1.75"
Style 2 has a shorter sheath with what is known as a "forward adhesive" which means the adhesive starts before the sheath starts. The adhesive begins almost immediately because this helps the external catheter stay in place and avoid accidental detachment. The shorter sheath length works best if you have a shorter or retracted penis.

Style 3 - Wide Band
Sheath length = 3"
Width of Adhesive = 3"
Style 3 has the same forward adhesive as Style 2 but it has a wider width of adhesive to further help unintended detachment of the condom catheter. Style 3 has the most adhesive of all the Bard Spirit catheters.

Every style of Bard Spirithas the hydrocolloid adhesive and a soft silicone conforming sheath. To make sure you are getting the best possible experience with Bard Spirit make sure the skin of the penis is clean and very dry before you put on the external catheter. Don't unroll the condom until the glans penis is in place, then you slowly unroll the sheath smoothing it out as you move up the length of the penis. If there are a lot of wrinkles in the sheath it can be a sign that you need a smaller size. Once the sheath is in place, gently squeeze around the condom catheter to make sure it fully adheres to your skin. As always, if your medical plan isn't working always talk to your nurse or doctor to find the best possible solution. Your medical team knows your specific needs and that can make all the difference.

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