Straight Male Catheters
Straight intermittent catheters are the basic standard for catheters. They require manual lubriction prior to insertion, giving straight catheters their other name of “uncoated” catheters. These catheters are conveniently packaged and fit in a pocket, making them perfect for travel or your on-the-go lifestyle.
Hydrophilic Male Catheters
Hydrophilic catheters are similar to the straight intermittent catheter, with the upgraded feature of a hydrophilic coating. When activated by water, the catheter becomes slippery making insertion and the self-cathing process more comfortable. Hydrophilic catheters typically have a no-touch handling sleeve provided in the packaging to help reduce potential bacterial infections. Their benefits include easy use, reduced mess, reduction of infection, and the portable features.
Closed System Catheters
Also known as a touchless catheter, closed system catheters are hydrophilic or pre-lubricated catheters with its own self-contained collection bag. Individuals in wheelchairs typically prefer this type of catheter because it eliminates transferring to a toilet or receptacle. Closed-system catheters typically have pre-lubricated tips to reduce risk of bacterial infections as well as gloves, antiseptic wipe, and underpad.