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What You Need To Know About The Different Types Of Catheters

By Aimee Coates November 15, 2017

There are many different types of catheters and each is used in different medical scenarios. When stocking a hospital or medical facility it is important to have all the medical supplies that you need to properly care for patients. It is also important to trust the supplies you get. Getting a catheter free sample can help you discern between medical suppliers. In order to get a better idea of the catheters you need for your medical facility, and what they are used for, here’s a breakdown of the different types of catheter.

Intermittent Urinary Catheters are used more than once per day. They are inserted through the urethra for the purpose of draining a patient's bladder, then removed. These are useful for when a patient is conscious. 

Closed System Catheters is essentially the same as Intermittent catheters, except they are ready to use, and the tube is inside the collection bag. 

Indwelling Urinary Catheters, also known as Foley Catheters, are inserted and left in place. In about 15% to 25% of hospitalizations, a Foley Catheter is necessary. These are especially useful for longer-term hospital care and surgeries. 

Suprapubic Catheters are inserted through the abdomen and are used in cases where there is a urethral obstruction. They connect to a bag that is usually fastened to a patient’s leg, and urine is drained there. Suprapubic catheters are used to manage more chronic conditions. 

Coude Catheters have bent tips that allow for easier insertion, especially for men with an enlarged prostate.

All of this equipment is essential when providing health services to patients who might require a non-bodily method of emptying their bladder. This could be due to anything from incontinence to critical surgeries. You want to be prepared with proper medical supplies that you can trust to work as intended. If you are looking to restock your catheters and other supplies, but want to inspect the quality first, a catheter free sample can be provided. Complete Care Medical strives to provide medical supplies to those in need, establishing trust through providing only the best quality. 

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