Indwelling Urinary Catheter
Indwelling foley catheters remain in your body for prolonged periods and are typically inserted by your physician. These catheters use a drainage bag and are ideal for patients who are sedated, comatose, who have incontinence issues, or an enlarged prostate. We offer indwelling foley catheters from Hollister, Bard, MTG, and Coloplast. Learn more about indwelling foley catheters and how we can help you find a catheter that meets your specific needs.
The foley catheter is the most common type of indwelling catheter. Indwelling catheters are those that remain in the body for prolonged periods of time and are typically inserted and removed by a physician instead of by the patient.
Instead of removing the catheter after emptying the bladder like with an intermittent catheter, an indwelling foley catheter uses a drainage bag to collect urine. These types of catheters may be inserted through the urethra or inserted through a small hole in the stomach by a healthcare provider. In order to prevent the catheter from sliding out, indwelling foley catheters have a small, inflated balloon on the end, when the catheter needs to be removed, the balloon is deflated.
An indwelling foley catheter works on a two-channel system. One of the channels runs the entire length of the tube and is open at both ends. This helps to allow the urine to drain from the bladder to the urinary drainage bag. The other channel is a one-way channel which leads to the balloon which is filled with sterilized water.
The frequency at which an indwelling foley catheter should be changed is based on your individual needs. If you notice leakage around your catheter this could be a good indication that your catheter needs to be changed. Speak with your healthcare provider to determine an optimum catheterization schedule.
While you do not insert this catheter, indwelling foley catheters must still be cared for during use. You should clean the area where the catheter enters your body with soap and warm water each day. You should also clean all visible parts of the catheter. Keeping the catheter and the area around it clean helps reduce the chance of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI). Click here to learn more about preventing and treating UTIs.
Catheter Insurance Coverage
You may be eligible to receive your catheter supplies at little-to-no cost to you through insurance. Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurances may pay for an allowable amount of your catheter supplies each month.
To find out if you qualify for indwelling foley 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 indwelling foley catheter supplies, Aeroflow Healthcare is happy to help you get exactly what you need. Give us a call today at 844-276-5588.