Straight catheters feature a simple straight design with holes or eyelets that allow urine to empty directly into the toilet. These disposable single use catheters are available pre-lubricated and feature a easy-to-use design. We offer straight catheters from Hollister, Bard, MTG, and Coloplast. Learn more about using straight catheters and how can help you find the right fit.
As with all catheters, straight catheters are used to assist you in emptying your bladder of urine when you’re not able to do so on your own. Straight catheters are a type of intermittent catheter that feature a straight design with small holes or eyelets, allowing the urine to easily pass through the catheter into the toilet. Like other intermittent catheters, straight catheters are single-use and should be inserted and removed throughout the day when you need to empty your bladder.
Straight catheters are often considered the original catheters because the technology used has remained relatively stable since the initial creation. Some straight catheters are pre-lubricated, while others need to be manually lubricated 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 some lubricant of your choice. Apply the lubricant to the tip and top two inches of the catheter. Once lubricated, the straight 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, straight catheters actually ensure less buildup of bacteria and protein on the catheter and in you, resulting in a lowered chance of a UTI developing. Learn more about preventing and treating 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 video to learn more about the process and to answer any questions you have.
Straight catheters come in three length options: male, female, and pediatric. There are several different types and materials of straight catheters and your physician should be able to help you find the right straight tip catheter for you.
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 straight 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 straight catheter supplies, Aeroflow Healthcare is happy to help you get exactly what you need. Give us a call today at 844-276-5588.