Coude tip catheters are a type of intermittent catheter that are curved towards the end. The unique curved ends of coude tip catheters help you to easily guide past tight spots, blockages, or enlarged prostates in your urethra. We offer a range of coude tip catheters from Hollister, Bard, MTG, and Coloplast. Learn more about using coude tip catheters and how we can help you find a catheter that meets your specific needs.
As with all catheters, coude tip catheters are used to assist you with emptying your bladder of urine when you’re not able to do so on your own. Coude (coo-day) is a French word that means bend or elbow. Coude tip catheters are a type of intermittent catheter that are curved towards the end. At the end of these catheters are small holes, or eyelets, that are designed to allow urine to pass through the catheter into the toilet. Like other intermittent catheters, coude tip catheters are single-use and should be inserted and removed throughout the day when your bladder is emptied.
The unique curved ends of coude tip catheters help you to easily guide past tight spots, blockages, or enlarged prostates in your urethra. For male patients who suffer from enlarged prostates or strictures, this catheter type is preferred over straight catheters because the curved design prevents it from becoming buckled or caught. While coude tip catheters are more commonly used in men, women who develop obstructions in their urethra can also benefit from the curved nature of this catheter.
There are many different types of coude tip catheters, with some being more advanced than others. Some coude tip catheters are pre-lubricated, while others may need to be manually lubricated by the user prior to insertion. Follow these tips for lubricating your catheter:
- Collect your catheter supplies and lubricant.
- Wash your hands well with soap and water (if preferred, you may wear clean, disposable gloves).
- If your catheter did not come with a lubricant packet, ensure you have purchased a lubricant of your choice. Apply the lubricant to the tip and top two inches of the catheter. Once lubricated, the coude tip catheter can be inserted as instructed. (Always follow the instructions that come with your catheter.)
- If your catheter has lubricant packets, you can simply tear off both ends of the packet and slide the catheter back and forth through the packet until it is fully coated. Once lubricated, the catheter can be inserted as instructed. (Always follow the instructions that come with your catheter.)
To prevent the risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI), it is important to practice sanitary methods when self catheterizing and lubricating your catheter. Because these catheters are disposable and replaced after each use, coude tip catheters ensure less buildup of bacteria and protein on the catheter and in you, resulting in a lowered chance of a UTI developing.
Initially, intermittent catheterization can feel like an intimidating process but once you’re used to self catheterization, you’ll be able to do this at home with ease. Watch our How to Self Catheterize videos to learn more about the process and to answer any questions you have.
Catheter Insurance Coverage
You may be eligible to receive your catheter supplies at little-to-no cost to you through insurance. Medicare and Medicaid may pay for an allowable amount of your catheter supplies each month. North Carolina Medicaid patients are eligible to receive up to 200 intermittent catheters each month, with Medicare and most private insurances following suit.
To find out if you qualify for coude tip catheters through your insurance, simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Patient Care Representatives will verify your insurance and contact you to discuss your coverage and catheter options.
If you or someone you know needs coude tip catheter supplies, Aeroflow Healthcare is happy to help you get exactly what you need. Give us a call today at 844-276-5588.