Types Of Catheters Available
There are three main types of catheters used for ISC and the majority of these are single-use disposable. Some catheters have been designed to be reusable although these are now less common.
Urethral Catheter Self-Cath® Straight Tip Uncoated PVC 5 Fr – 10 Inch – 305
Self-Cath® Straight Tip Catheter 10 Inch These catheters have a hydrophilic coating that creates a slippery surface around the catheter when run under water before use. The coating allows for easier insertion into the urethra.
Self-Cath® Straight Tip Catheter 10 Inch These are the traditional intermittent catheter and most are designed to be washed and reused. They come in a variety of sizes and are made in several materials including silicone, PVC, silver, and stainless steel. Silver or stainless steel rigid catheters are only suitable for women due to the length of the urethra.
How Do I Self-Catheterise?
It is very important to wash your hands before touching or inserting the catheter – you may choose to use a fresh baby wipe if there is no wash hand basin in the toilet.
Once you have washed your hands, do not touch anything else except your catheter.
Most catheters have a sticky back patch that allows you to open it and secure it to a surface nearby, such as a wall or sink, making it easier to access when you are ready to insert it into the urethra.
The Task Urethral Catheter Self-Cath® Straight Tip Uncoated PVC
When you are ready, take the catheter by the drainage end from the packaging and gently push the other end into your urethra. When the catheter has reached the bladder, urine will drain from it. Make sure all the urine has drained from your bladder before removing it.
To remove the catheter, gently twist it and pull it down. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out the first time. Try again, continuing to pull gently.