The frequency at which an indwelling catheter should be changed is based on an individualized basis. If you notice leakage around your catheter it could be a good indication that your catheter needs to be changed. Speak with your physician to determine a good schedule for catheterization.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should my indwelling catheter be changed?
How do I know what type of catheter tip is right for me?
Your physician can help you in determining the best catheter to fit your needs, however if a blockage or stricture is present, a straight tip catheter may be difficult to use.
Are all eyelets on straight tip catheters the same?
No. Eyelets, which are located at the end of a catheter, allow urine to pass from the bladder to the urinal or a drainage bag in the case of an indwelling catheter. Eyelets comes in several different sizes so if your urine stream seems to be very light or slow, you may need to look into a product with larger eyelets. Some catheter eyelets may also be smoother than others. If you are having discomfort when inserting your straight tip catheter, you may want to look at the smoothness of your catheter’s eyelets.
Can I reuse my hydrophilic catheter?
No. Once the hydrophilic catheter is inserted and removed, the slippery, lubricated surface is gone. Reusing this same catheter could result in elevated friction and ultimately an increased risk of a urinary tract infection.
Can I reuse my antibacterial-coated intermittent catheter?
No, these catheters are not intended for reuse. Once the antibacterial-coated catheter is inserted and removed, the antibacterial coating is gone.
What is the difference between a straight tip and a coude tip intermittent catheter?
The tip of the coude tip catheter has a slight bend at the end while the straight tip catheter is just that, straight. The curved end of the coude catheter can help the catheter better navigate through the anatomy of the bladder and urethra.
What are some good guidelines to ensure my catheter experience is positive?
To help with your comfort and health while using a catheter you should be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Drinking water can help you stay hydrated and flush out toxins that could cause a UTI. Always wash your hands before and after cleaning your indwelling catheter to help prevent the spread of bacteria and infection. It is also a good idea to stay away from food that can make you constipated or that could bother your bladder such as spicy foods, carbonated drinks, and acidic foods.
What should I do if I have trouble inserting or removing my intermittent catheter?
To easily insert your intermittent catheter, assume a comfortable position and try to relax. If you need to wait a few minutes and try again, that is fine. If you are having difficulty removing your catheter, try not to worry and wait a while before you try again. Coughing has been known to also help loosen a catheter. If you are struggling with inserting or removing your intermittent catheter, contact your health care provider.
Do I need a lubricant when utilizing a hydrophilic catheter?
No. Before insertion, you need only to soak the hydrophilic catheter in water. The water will activate the coating and allow for a smooth insertion process. Unlike conventional catheters, the water will stay on the hydrophilic catheter even after it is inserted, making the removal process just as easy.
How can I know if I am a good candidate for a coude tip intermittent catheter?
Catheter users who suffer from enlarged prostates, blockages, or strictures can benefit from the curved tip of the coude tip intermittent catheter. The slight bend at the end of coude tip catheters allows an easier passage and navigation through these blocked or tight spaces.
What different materials are straight tip catheters made of?
Straight tip catheters can be made from a variety of materials. Some straight tip catheters are latex-free and made from a vinyl or PVC material. Since these types of straight tip catheters are made from a harder material, they more sturdy and stiff which can make the insertion process easier for some users. Another type of straight tip catheters are Red Rubber catheters. These catheters are more flexible and soft and are one of the most prescribed types of straight tip catheters. Depending upon your urethral structure and allergies, one of these types of straight tip catheters may be better for you than the other.
How many times per day should I change my intermittent catheter?
Your intermittent catheter should be changed each time following the emptying of the bladder. A healthy bladder should be emptied around 5 to 6 times per day, but this will vary upon the individual and the amount of fluid consumed each day. Your physician will let you know an adequate number of times to catheterize each day. It is a good idea to also think about the most convenient and realistic times to catheterize yourself to fit in with your lifestyle.
What do the different catheter lengths mean?
There are a wide variety of catheter lengths to better fit the needs of each individual patient. The sizes range from pediatric to adult, and intermittent catheters coming in varying lengths to accommodate different urethral lengths between sexes. Pediatric catheters are typically around 10 inches in length, female catheters are usually between 6 to 8 inches, and male/unisex catheters are up to 16 inches in length.
Are there ways to prevent urinary tract infections even if I am using a catheter?
Yes, even with catheter usage, urinary tract infections can be prevented. Proper cleaning of the catheter and around the catheter opening each day along with emptying drainage bags and drinking plenty of water are ways to reduce your risk of developing a UTI.
Are closed system intermittent catheters discreet?
Closed system intermittent catheters are among the most discreet and convenient options available. The attached collection bag allows the user to utilize the closed system anytime a restroom is not readily available.
How do I know if I have a urinary tract infection?
Urinary tract infections are often times accompanied by common symptoms including fever, bloody urine, an increase in the frequency of urination, and a burning sensation in the lower abdomen. If you have any of these symptoms or believe you have a UTI, contact your doctor immediately.
Are there benefits to luer end catheters?
Luer end catheters are sometimes preferred by users because their packaging is more compact and discreet since they do not come equipped with a funnel. Male length (16 in.) luer end catheters may also come in curved packaging which can make the packaging more “pocket-sized” and easy to grab and go.
Does my catheter increase my chances of developing a urinary tract infection?
Yes, utilizing a catheter will increase your risk of contracting a UTI. The threat of a urinary tract infection is most prominent in patients using indwelling catheters due to the prolonged period of time that these specific catheters are inside the bladder.
Is using a hydrophilic catheter messy?
No. In fact, the mess-free nature of a hydrophilic catheter actually results in higher compliance percentages among patients practicing catheterization.
Are closed system intermittent catheters touch-less?
Yes, if used properly, closed system intermittent catheters never have to come in contact with your hands or any bacteria that may be on them.
Can the funnel on a funnel tip catheter attach to my drain bag?
Yes, if a urinal or toilet is unavailable, the funnel on a funnel tip catheter is designed to attach to a drainage bag.
How do I know if I need a pull-up or a diaper?
Diapers can be more absorbent than a pull-up and are preferred for individuals who have limited ambulatory function or are immobile. If an individual is completely incontinent, diapers are the recommended choice. If a user is able to get around easier on their own and have lower levels of incontinence requiring lower absorbency, than a pull-up could be the best choice.
Will my diaper be visible under my clothing?
Many diapers have been made to appear as discreetly as possible. The level of visibility however, will depend upon your level of incontinence. Individuals utilizing diapers for light incontinence will have an easier time concealing their diaper than an individual with a heavy level of incontinence.
Can a hydrophilic catheter help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI’s)?
Yes. Because of the ease at which a hydrophilic catheter can be inserted, the amount of friction and trauma to the urethra is reduced therefore resulting in fewer UTI’s. Studies suggest that the use of hydrophilic catheters over non-hydrophilic catheters can reduce the risk of UTI’s by 64%.
How do I know if chux underpads are what I need?
There are a variety of uses for chux underpads. If you have occasional urine leakage while sitting or sleeping, you may want to use these underpads to protect your furniture or mattress. If you are already a user of diapers or pull-ups, chux can offer you additional protection while sitting or sleeping.
Will insurance cover my adult diapers?
Depending on your plan and provider, your adult diapers could be covered by insurance. Unfortunately, even with documented medical necessity, Medicare will not cover protective underwear products. This also holds true for Medicare Advantage plans and most private insurance plans. Patients with Medicaid however, find that in many cases Medicaid will cover certain types of adult incontinence products.
How do I know if I need an olive tip catheter or a coude tip catheter?
An olive tip catheter is a type of coude tip catheter so both will help users navigate around blockages or enlarged prostates. If you also have a narrow or tight urethra, the olive tip at the end of the catheter can help to smoothly guide around through these obstructions. Olive tip catheters are especially helpful to those with false passages which a coude tip could get caught on. The small ball at the end of an olive tip catheter is also good for helping women in identifying the urinary meatus.
Do all catheter kits include a catheter?
No, you can choose a catheter kit that includes everything except the catheter allowing you to select the exact catheter type and size for your specific needs.
Can a closed system intermittent catheter prevent urinary tract infections?
While the closed system intermittent catheter cannot guarantee to prevent UTI’s, these types of catheters have been shown to reduce the risk of UTI’s in users. The unique closed and no-touch system helps to prevent cross-contamination and bacteria from entering the urethra.
When is an intermittent catheter recommended?
Intermittent catheterization is often recommended for patients who are suffering with diseases such as paraplegia, spina bifida, or multiple sclerosis.
How can I clean my indwelling catheter?
To care for your indwelling catheter, you should clean the area where catheter enters your body with soap and warm water each day. You should also clean the catheter itself daily.
What different types of materials can coude tip intermittent catheters be made of?
Just as with straight tip intermittent catheters, coude tip catheters can be made from different materials to best fit each individual’s specific needs. Coude tip intermittent catheters can come in latex-free materials such as vinyl or PVC; these types of catheters are more stiff and sturdy. Coude tip catheters can also come in a Red Rubber material which is much more flexible and soft. Dependent upon your unique urethral structure and allergies, your physician should be able to prescribe the best type of coude tip intermittent catheter for you.
Do antibacterial-coated catheters work better at preventing UTI’s than other types of catheters?
The antibacterial coating on these catheters is made from nitrofurazone, an antibacterial agent that is proven effective against pathogens that can cause UTI’s. Antibacterial-coated catheters are designed to eliminate concerns of the health risks that may be associated with prolonged catheter usage.
How does a hydrophilic catheter differ from a conventional catheter?
A hydrophilic catheter has a lubricated, smooth surface that allows you to insert your catheter without the aid of additional lubrication. Hydrophilic catheters allow the patient to catheterize themselves with ease and reduce trauma to the urethra.
Why should I use Aeroflow Healthcare for my catheter supplies?
Aeroflow Healthcare is committed to serving patients’ needs when it comes to Catheter Supplies. We offer a large collection of incontinence products from all major brands covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances. Aeroflow specializes in offering high-end catheters for maximum comfort.
Aeroflow works closely with your physician, and handles all the insurance paperwork for you. All catheter orders include free home delivery, and you will receive free samples and discreet carrying bag upon qualifying with your first order.
What products and services do you provide?
Aeroflow specializes in high-end catheters for maximum comfort. So if you’ve been switched to a cheaper catheter and are experiencing discomfort, give us a call or qualify online today.
All catheter orders include free home delivery, and you may receive free samples and discreet carrying bag upon qualifying with your first order.
As a convenience to you, Aeroflow Healthcare will also obtain a prescription from your physician and bill Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance on your behalf.
What catheter brands do you offer?
We carry all the major brand names including Coloplast, Bard, Medline, Rusch, Teleflex, Hollister, Rochester Medical, Cure, and more.
How do I qualify to have insurance pay for my catheters?
Qualifying is easy! You can call Aeroflow Healthcare directly at 844-276-5588, or you can fill out the basic information form found on this website.
How can I get free catheter samples?
Aeroflow Healthcare offers free catheter samples with your initial order to all qualifying patients with eligible Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance. Free catheter samples require a doctor’s prescription, qualification and enrollment. To enroll in our free sample program, start by calling Aeroflow directly at 844-276-5588, or you can fill out the basic information form found on this website.
How many catheters can I get through Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance?
Medicare Part B allows up to 200 catheters per month for sterile/single use, dependent upon your doctor’s prescription and treatment plan.
Medicaid coverage and allowable amounts on catheters and related supplies vary according to each state’s guidelines; simply call us at 844-276-5588, or you can complete the basic information form found on this website for your specific coverage details.
Aeroflow accepts a wide variety of private insurance plans, and we are constantly working on getting contracted with new networks and insurance companies; give us a call today at 844-276-5588 or complete the form on this site to get your coverage verified.