Specifically designed for male patients, external condom catheters feature a condom-like design. This catheter option is popular with male patients due to the non-invasive ease of use it offers. Unlike other types of catheters which are inserted into the urethra, the condom catheter is external. The external catheter consists of a sheat, which wraps around the penis. It connects to a tube that drains into a leg bag, generally strapped to the inner thigh.
External catheters are an effective solution for men who struggle with continence issues. When sized properly, these catheters can help make sure skin remains healthy, dry, and irritation-free by keeping urine away from the penis. It’s important to utilize condom catheters properly to benefit from this non-invasive catheter. Although not complex as traditional catheters, there are a few basic guidelines you should follow when using an external catheter.
1. Before use, wash your penis and blot dry. The skin must be dry and warm.
2. Be sure to get the correct size. A measuring guide can help you select the size that works best for you.
3. Apply a skin prep sealant to the skin and allow it to dry. This sealant helps protect the skin from urine and moisture, reducing the risk of a urinary tract infection (UTI). The sealant also helps in the removal process of the external catheter.
4. Hold your penis and slowly unroll the external catheter over it. (Always follow the instructions that come with your catheter.)
The nature of external catheters helps reduce the risk of developing UTIs, however, it is still important to practice sanitary methods that apply to all catheters.
RECEIVE SUPPLIES THROUGH INSURANCE
You may be eligible to receive your catheter supplies at little-to-no cost to you through insurance. Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance may pay for an allowable amount of your catheter supplies each month.
To find out if you qualify for external catheters, simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our friendly Patient Care Representatives will verify your insurance and contact you to discuss your coverage and catheter options.
If you or someone you know needs urological supplies, Aeroflow Healthcare is happy to help you get exactly what you need. Give us a call today at 844-276-5588.
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