The Hydrophilic Catheter
Pre-lubricated catheters are known as Hydrophilic Catheters. They have a special coating - polymer coating - that produces a thick, slippery substance when water is applied to the surface of the catheter. Hydrophilic catheters are easier to insert and remove. Because this reduces friction, the Hydrophilic catheter decreases the risk of damaging the urethra. Hydrophilic coating minimizes pain, pressure or discomfort from use of catheters. Clinical studies have shown that the use of Hydrophilic –coated catheters significantly reduce the incident of UTIs.
The Hydrophilic Catheter is an intermittent catheter that is packaged with its own sterile water packet. It is easy to use wherever you go. It is conveniently packaged with everything you need for preparation. It's easy on delicate urethral tissues. The gentle, silicone design and Hydrophilic coating provide nearly friction-free movement, without lubricating gel. It's easy to maintain sterility. You simply wet the catheter with its own sterile water, avoiding contamination from tap water.
Intermittent catheterization 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.