What catheter brands do you carry?
We carry all the major brand names, including Coloplast, Bard, Teleflex, Hollister, Rochester Medical, Cure, and more.
What do the different catheter lengths mean?
There are a wide variety of catheter lengths to fit the needs of each patient. The sizes range from pediatric to adult, and intermittent catheters come in varying lengths to accommodate different urethral lengths between sexes. Pediatric catheters are typically around 10 inches in length, female catheters are usually between 6 to 8 inches, and male/unisex catheters are up to 16 inches in length.
- What different materials are straight tip catheters made of?
Straight tip catheters can be made from a variety of materials. Some straight tip catheters are latex-free and made from vinyl or PVC material. Since these types of straight tip catheters are made from a harder material, they are more sturdy and stiff, making the insertion process easier for some users. Another type of straight tip catheter is the Red Rubber catheter. These catheters are more flexible and soft and are among the most prescribed types of straight tip catheters. Depending upon your urethral structure and allergies, one of these types of straight tip catheters may be better for you than the other.
- What is the difference between a straight tip and a coudé tip intermittent catheter?
The tip of the coudé tip catheter has a slight bend at the end while the straight tip catheter is just that, straight. The curved end of the coudé catheter can help the catheter better navigate the anatomy of the bladder and urethra.
How can I know if I am a good candidate for a coudé tip intermittent catheter?
Catheter users who suffer from enlarged prostates, blockages, or strictures can benefit from the curved tip of the coudé tip intermittent catheter. The slight bend at the end of coudé tip catheters allows an easier passage and navigation through these blocked or tight spaces.
An olive tip catheter is a type of coudé tip catheter. If you also have a narrow or tight urethra, the olive tip at the end of the catheter can help to guide around these obstructions smoothly. Olive tip catheters are especially helpful to those with false passages that a coudé tip could catch. The small ball at the end of an olive tip catheter helps women identify the external urethral orifice.
- Are closed system catheters touchless?
Yes, if used correctly, closed system intermittent catheters never have to come in contact with your hands or the bacteria that may be on them.
- Can a hydrophilic catheter help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs)?
Yes. Because a hydrophilic catheter can be inserted with ease, the amount of friction and trauma to the urethra is reduced, resulting in fewer UTIs. Studies suggest that the use of hydrophilic catheters over non-hydrophilic catheters can reduce the risk of UTI’s by 64%.
- How can I get free catheter samples?
Aeroflow Healthcare offers free catheter samples with your initial order to all qualifying patients with eligible Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance. Free catheter samples require a doctor’s prescription, qualification, and enrollment. To enroll in our free sample program, start by calling Aeroflow directly at 844-276-5588, or you can fill out our quick qualify form.