Intermittent catheters come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and tips. Each individual’s doctor will determine the most appropriate type for the patient’s needs and anatomy.
Straight Tip Catheters
Straight tip catheters are exactly that, straight. They have a simple design with a straight tip with holes or eyelets that allow urine to drain directly into the toilet. These catheters are often referred to as the original catheter because not much has changed from their initial creation. Some straight catheters come pre-lubricated and others need to be manually lubricated prior to insertion. Both types are easy to use.
Coudé Tip Catheters
Coudé tip catheters are similar to straight catheters, only they have a slightly curved tip. Coudé (coo-day) is a French term for bend or elbow. The unique curved ends of coudé tip catheters help you easily guide past tight spots, blockages, or enlarged prostates to empty the bladder.
Small holes or eyelets are located at the end of these catheters to allow urine to flow straight into the toilet. Like other types of intermittent catheters, coudé tip catheters are disposable. They should be inserted and removed throughout the day as your bladder needs to be emptied.
Closed System Catheters
Closed system catheters are sterilized catheters that come with a collection bag and introducer tip. The tip is a silicone sheath that slides into the urethra for the catheter to pass through. This prevents bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs) from passing through the urethra entrance and being called to the bladder.
Closed system catheters are also touchless, designed so that bacteria from your hands does not come into contact with the catheter. The collection bag makes them easy to use discreetly. This option is perfect for pediatric patients and those in wheelchairs for their ease-of-use and low risk of infection.
Hydrophilic catheters feature a lubricated coating to provide a smooth insertion and removal process. Prior to insertion, soak the catheter in water to activate the lubrication. Unlike other catheter types, the water stays on even after insertion, making the removal process just as easy.
Antibacterial catheters are a newer type of catheter. They’re gaining popularity because they’re coated with nitrofurazone, an antibacterial agent that helps prevent the occurrence of urinary tract infections (UTI). We offer antibacterial catheters from Hollister, Bard, MTG, and Coloplast.