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Different Types of Catheters and Their Uses

If you have recently been prescribed catheters, but don’t know where to start, Premier Catheter Supplies is here to help you out. A good place to start is understanding the difference between the three most common types of catheters: intermittent straight catheters, hydrophilic intermittent catheters, and closed system intermittent catheters.
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What Are Intermittent Catheters?

Intermittent catheters are sterile, single-use catheters that are inserted through the urethra or a stoma. Since these catheters are intended for one-time use, you should throw them away after each use. By doing this, you are practicing good hygiene which minimizes the risk of bacterial contamination related to urinary tract infections. Since you will most likely be self-cathing daily, the doctor who prescribed your catheters will show you how the insertion process works. They will also tell you about how many catheters you should expect to use each day.
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The Three Common Types of Intermittent Catheters

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Intermittent Straight Catheters

The original intermittent catheter, straight catheters are uncoated and require manual lubrication before use. Usually, catheter users like to use a lubricating jelly, which comes in flip-top tubes or individual packets. Straight catheters in male lengths also come in smaller pocket-sized options, which are discreet and perfect for travel.
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Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheters

We carry hydrophilic catheters in the same lengths and insertion tip options as intermittent straight catheters. A major difference is that all hydrophilic catheters have a water-activated coating that self-lubricates so that you don’t have to manually lubricate the catheter.
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Closed System Intermittent Catheters

These catheter systems include both an intermittent catheter and a self-contained collection bag. These are preferable for people who use wheelchairs or are constantly on-the-go because they are convenient to use and carry. Closed system intermittent catheters often also come with all of the insertion supplies that you will need, including gloves, antiseptic wipes, and an underpad. The catheter also comes with an introducer tip, which is helpful in bypassing a large number of bacteria that is in the urethra.
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Each of these types of intermittent catheters are available in many different options, which include:

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Which Type of Catheter is Best for Me?

It may be stressful trying to figure out which catheter will work best for you, so we at Premier Catheter Supplies are here to help. We will provide you with samples of various types and brands of catheters so that you can find the perfect fit. Call one of our US-based representatives today to get your catheter supplies delivered to your doorstep!
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