Intermittent catheters, or short-term catheters, are used at various times throughout the day to help empty your bladder periodically. This disposable catheter type is replaced after each use, helping to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. We offer intermittent catheters from Hollister, Bard, MTG, and Coloplast. Learn more about intermittent catheters and how we can help you find the right brand for you.
Instead of being worn for an entire day, intermittent catheters are only inserted at designated urination times and can be disposed of after use; they are often used 4 to 6 times a day. Intermittent catheters eliminate the need for you to continuously wear a drainage bag and allow for a more active and freeing lifestyle.
One of the advantages of intermittent catheterization is that you can routinely perform this at home at your convenience. This type of catheterization is widely regarded as an effective bladder management strategy for people with neuropathic bladder dysfunctions, and has been especially helpful in preserving the kidneys of people with spinal cord injuries.
Intermittent catheters are one of the most popular catheter choices among patients due to the reduced risk of of urinary tract infections (UTIs). One of the major concerns you may have is with bacteria buildup and protein in you both yourself and your catheter, because intermittent catheters are disposable and replaced after each use, the risk of UTIs occurring is reduced. Click here to learn more about how to reduce, prevent and treat UTIs.
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 intermittent 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 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 intermittent catheter supplies, Aeroflow Healthcare is happy to help you get exactly what you need. Give us a call today at 844-276-5588.