Intermittent catheters, also called I.C.’s are used to drain the bladder of individuals who have conditions that prevent the bladder from partial or complete draining (voiding). These catheters are inserted through the urethra and into the bladder. The part of the catheter that comes to rest inside the bladder has drainage holes called “eyes” through with urine drains from the bladder through the catheter to the outside of the body. Usually drainage of the bladder takes place over a toilet just like a normal full void.
Intermittent Catheters are covered by Medicare, most Medicaid, and many private insurance companies. Usually up to 200 catheters per month are covered which is enough for most individuals for one month. Re-use is not recommended by Medicare or other authorities because of the much higher chance of urinary tract infections. How many you need per month is determined by how many times a day your physician has determined that you need to catheterize; however, on average an invididual might catheterize 4 to 6 times per day.
Intermittent Catheters are generally available in male lengths of about 16 inches, female lengths of about 3 to 6 inches, and pediatric lengths of about 10 inches. The size of a catheter is not measured in length. The size is actually a measure of the outside diameter of the catheter and is referred to as a French size. An example is a 14 French female catheter. The French size is 14 but the length is 6 inches. Another example is a 12 French male catheter that is 16 inches long.
Most intermittent catheters are made from PVC, plastic, silicone, or red rubber. Each material offers its own degree of flexibility or rigidity. Red rubber catheters are the softest, thus the most flexible. These require significant dexterity to properly insert. Generally, silicone catheters are slightly more rigid than red rubber catheters, followed by PVC and plastic.
Choosing which intermittent catheter to use is easier when they are organized by catheter type. At S2 Medical, we organize them by brand into Male Straight, Female, Coude, Red Rubber, Hydrophilic, Closed Systems, and Specialty intermittent catheters.
Cure Medical Intermittent Catheters are smooth PVC catheters with fire-polished eyelets and contain no DEHP, BPA or Natural Rubber Latex. These catheters are gentle and are available for male, female, and pediatric individuals. Intermittent catheters are intended for single use only. Use with lubricant for easier catheterization.
Cure Coude Tip Catheters are smooth PVC catheters with fire-polished eyelets and a curved tip for easy insertion when there is a urethral obstruction. These catheters also do not contain DEHP, BPA, or Natural Rubber Latex.
Cure Medical hydrophilic catheters are smooth catheters with fire-polished eyelets in sterile packaging. Each catheter has a hydrophilic coating that is activated by squeezing a water packet which is inside the packaging. Hydrate the catheter well with the water pack and then use the handy gripper to insert the super slippery catheter. Hydrophilic catheters are more easily inserted than regular catheters with lubricant and they help minimize urethral irritation.
Cure’s Pocket Catheter can be discreetly and conveniently carries in a pants pocket, carry bag, or purse. As with all Cure catheters, the pocket catheter is smooth with fire polished eyelets and is DEHP, BPA, and Natural Rubber Latex free.
The Cure Female Twist affords ladies on the go a discreet and convenient catheter. Just twist open the top and pull the pre-lubricated catheter from the blue sheath. The smooth catheter with polished eyelets, inserts easily and when you are finished, just replace the catheter in the blue sheath and dispose of it.
This unisex closed system features a smooth pre-lubricated catheter with polished eyelets with integrated 1500mL collection bag. The Cure closed system is available as a cath-in-bag only or as a cath-in-bag with kit. This system is designed to open easy and for ease of use. Cure closed systems are DEHP, BPA, and Natural Rubber Latex free.
The Cure Medical® Catheter Insertion Kit is an alternative to a complete Closed System product when combined with a catheter. The kit includes one BZK wipe, one packet of lubricating jelly, one pair of ambidextrous gloves, one underpad, and a 1500 ml collection bag.
The Self-Cath catheters feature a siliconized surface and fire polished eyelets for a smooth insertion. Coloplast manufactures these catheters to the highest standards of quality and is dedicated to patient comfort and ease of use.
SpeediCath catheters are truly ready to use after opening. The super smooth sterile catheters have polished eyelets and a lubricious coating for easy insertion and removal. SpeediCath catheters make catheterization more comfortable and minimize urethral trauma even if you need to catheterize over many years.
The EasyCath is a clear PVC catheter with smooth, Soft-Eye Technology and a gently tapered tip for a more comfortable, safer insertion. Straight tip, coude tip, and female lengths are available.
The Rusch Red Rubber Latex Catheter is a soft comfortable economical sterile intermittent catheter. The opposing eyelets allow the catheter to drain efficiently.
The Rusch Tiemann Curved Tip Intermittent Catheter by Teleflex is flexible with a relatively stiffer shaft and has been designed to make difficult catheterizations easier. The tip is molded separately and then joining it to the shaft. The tips are color coded to indicate French size and a notch on the funnel alerts the user as to the position of the curved tip during catheterization. The Rusch Tiemann catheter is made of siliconized PVC and designed for single use only.
EasyCath Intermittent Catheter Kits are small and discrete and perfect for home or on the go. The kit includes a single sterile PVC catheter, one pair of gloves non-latex, lubricant, antiseptic skin prep, underpad, metered urine collection bag, and a refuse bag.
The Magic3 all-silicone intermittent catheter delivers superior performance, easy handling, and unsurpassed comfort and convenience. The Magic3 catheter is DEHP and latex free.
The Magic3 + Hydrophilic catheter comes with its own water packet for a virtually friction-free insertion and removal.
The Magic3 Antibacterial Catheter provides all the benefits of Magic3 plus adds nitrofurazone, an antibacterial agent which is matrixed into the catheter’s outer surface.
The 100% silicone Personal Catheter features a soft silicone construction for a soft comfortable catheterization with minimal chance for urethral trauma.
The Personal Hydrophilic Catheter is noted for its ease of use. Its proprietary design and coating make it easy on delicate urethral tissue while its patent-pending packaging makes it easy to prep and maintain sterility in setting.
The Antibacterial Personal Catheter features the only intermittent catheter that provides a release of nitrofurazone into the urethral catheter boundary to produce localized antibacterial activity.
The Antibacterial Hydro Personal Catheter combines the antibacterial action of Nitrofurazone with the hydrophilic coating to produce an easy to use catheter with less opportunity for a urinary tract infection.
The Clean-Cath® from Bard features finger grips for ease of use, flexible funnel, and a smooth round tip for easy insertion. Packaged in an easy to open peel strip package, this latex-free, sterile, single-use catheter comes with color-coded funnels.
Self-Adhesive External Catheters are the most common type male external catheter, also called condom catheter or “externals”. Condom catheters are specially designed for men and are used to drain urine from the bladder. Male external catheters, available in latex or silicone, self-adhering or Texas-style with no adhesive, are connected to a short length of tubing that connects to a urine bag called a leg bag. At night, the condom catheter may be attached to a night drain bag. Each external catheter is intended for one day’s (24 hours) wear. Remove the catheter each day, clean the skin, and re-apply a fresh catheter to help protect the skin and for best performance of the catheter.
Medicare covers 35 male external catheters per month. Most state Medicaid covers 30 or more. Private Insurance Companies usually cover externals; however, in recent years, many have changed their coverage criteria.
This soft breathable all-silicone external catheter has a hydrocolloid adhesive band for a super smooth feel and fit. The hydrocolloid adhesive ensures a secure fit so you do not have to worry about the catheter slipping off. The clear sheath allows for visual inspection of the skin while the kink-resistant design ensures uninterrupted urine flow.
This all-silicone external is 1.5 inches long with a regular band of adhesive so it works well for retracted penis or shorter lengths. This catheter secures well and the clear silicone material allows for visual inspection of the skin.
This traditional length all-silicone external catheter with a standard band of adhesive works well with most individuals. The clear silicone material allows inspection of the skin. This condom catheter has a long history of durability, ease of use, and skin friendliness.
This soft breathable all-silicone external catheter has 70% more adhesive that the Ultraflex. With three inches of adhesive, the Wideband is one of the most secure catheters available. Highly active individuals may benefit from the extra security of this catheter. The clear silicone material makes visual skin inspection quick and easy.
This premium self-adhering external catheter with kink-resistant nozzle is designed for comfort and durable wear. Aloe in the adhesive ensures that the all-silicone external will be easy on very sensitive skin. The clear silicone material allows for visual skin inspection.
This latex external catheter is a comfortable catheter with a wide watertight adhesive band for secure everyday wear. A double thick bulb and stem prevent kinking or twisting of the catheter.
This all-silicone ultrathin self-adhering external catheter has been designed for comfortable everyday wear. The thin clear material allows easy skin inspection. The nozzle length is optimized to prevent kinking and back flow of urine. The silicone material minimizes skin irritation.
This ultrathin self-adhering sport external catheter is specially designed for individuals with retracted penis. A kink-resistant nozzle helps prevent the catheter from becoming detached. The breathable clear silicone material allows for visual inspection of the skin and minimizes skin irritation.
This ultrathin all-silicone external catheter has a longer adhesive seal to ensure that the catheter stays in place. A kink-resistant nozzle helps prevent urine backflow. The thin clear silicone minimizes skin irritation and aids in skin inspection. This premium condom catheter can be worn every day.
The Active Cath is a self-adhering latex external catheter with a wide adhesive band for a watertight seal. This catheter is designed for the active individual. A reservoir bulb prevents urine backflow.
The Conveen Optima External Catheter is a one piece all-silicone catheter that is available in standard and sport (short) length. This self-adhering catheter features an easy-on pull tab. The clear silicone material makes skin inspection easy and quick.
This durable self-adhering latex external catheter resists tearing and puncture. The double convolutions help prevent kinking and twisting keeping the urine pathway open. A plastic collar makes application of the catheter quick and easy.
The InView External Catheter is an all-silicone self-adhesive catheter designed for comfortable wear. The silicone material minimizes skin irritation and allows for easy skin inspection. A kink-resistant tip helps prevent urine backflow. The InView Catheter is available in Standard, Extra, and Special types. The Extra has 70% more adhesive than the Standard and the Special has a shorter sheath length.