Straight catheters are a type of intermittent catheter and often called “in-and-out” catheters. Straight catheters are small hollow, flexible tubes that are used to empty urine from the bladder intermittently.
Straight catheters can be inserted through the urethra or through a surgical opening called a stoma that connects the bladder to the outside of the body.
According to the FDA, straight catheters are disposable, and for single-use only. There are two main parts of a straight catheter:
Before starting intermittent catheterization, your healthcare professional will provide you with instructions and/or educational materials about how to use a catheter.
The most important part about using a straight catheter is to maintain proper hygiene:
Straight catheters are used by those who are unable to empty their bladder naturally. Patients who fall under this category often include those with the following medical conditions:
It is important to perform intermittent catheterization at regular intervals to maintain a healthy bladder.
Straight catheters come in various lengths, diameters, and materials. Your urologist will determine what size catheter is right for you.
There are many models and brands of straight catheters available.
Catheters are a prescription medical device, so your urologist will provide you with a prescription for your catheter supplies.
As catheters come in a variety of styles and sizes, and there is no one-size-fits-all catheter, you will have the opportunity to try out different catheters before deciding which is best for you. Samples can be obtained from your doctor’s office or online.
Once you’ve determined which catheter is right for you, your prescription will be handed off to a medical supplier (DME) who will coordinate your billing, insurance, and delivery to your door.
CompactCath® Classic and Lite are super-compact catheters that not are not only antibacterial but also fit discreetly into your pockets, purse and carry-on luggage.
The catheters are designed to fit seamlessly in your life and give you one less thing to worry about.
We produce catheters that are compact, mess-free, non-touch, and pre-lubricated. They are discreetly designed, convenient, and perfect for those who lead an active life.
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