Intermittent Catheters

Intermittent Catheters:
Intermittent Catheterization is the preferred method for emptying the bladder in patients with spinal cord injury and neurological bladder dysfunction.  It is a single used, disposable catheter.  It is an effective technique for people who need catheter-based bladder management. Intermittent Catheterization is considered the ‘gold-standard’ of care for bladder emptying, and this approach is supported by several international and national guidelines on urinary incontinence.

The principles of using intermittent catheterization are based on regular and complete emptying of the bladder to maintain a low bladder pressure and minimal residual urine volumes, consequently securing bladder and renal health. Correctly performed intermittent catheterization is a safe method suitable for long-term use, minimizing the risk of urological complications, such as, urinary tract infections (UTIS) and improving a person’s quality of life.

Intermittent Catheters

  • For men, women, and children, the catheter is inserted into the urethra until the tip of the catheter enters the bladder and urine begins to flow
  • Comes in a variety of size, material, and styles –“Always consult your primary care physician when determining your required IC siz
  • Intermittent catheterization can be easy to learn
  • Intermittent catheters are available with straight (Nelaton) and Coudé or bent tips. Most people use a straight tip
  • Most people typically empty their bladder by self catheterizing 4-6 times each day
  • Helps reduce the risk of urinary tract infection.
  • Equipped with introducer tip to reduce urinary tract infections
  • Single Intermittent Catheters are usually most favorable due to availability and cost.
  • Your medical insurance plan may cover your intermittent catheters

    NOTE:  Intermittent Catheter Use to Avoid UTIs
    It is very important to wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and clean the insertion area with antibacterial wipes or swaps before and after performing  an IC - Intermittent Catheterization.  At times it may be necessary to monitor your fluids by maintaining a record of your fluid intake and log the time and amount each time you catheterize.