Coated Intermittent Catheters

Coated intermittent catheters were developed with the intent to reduce long term complications of the urethra due to catheterization. There are catheters coated with ready-to-use solutions, hydrophilic coatings, gel on the catheter surface, or gel inside the wrapping. Coated catheters are designed for single-use and allow for smooth insertion and removal, lowering the chances of urethral mucosal irritation. There are two types of coated intermittent catheters: Hydrophilic coated catheters and Antibiotic coated catheters.

  • Hydrophilic coated intermittent catheters: Hydrophilic catheters have polymer coating, which makes the catheter surface slippery just by soaking them in water right before use.
  • Antibiotic coated intermittent catheters: Antibacterial coating on the surface of these catheters produces local antibacterial activity to prevent the risk of infection.

How do Hydrophilic Coated Catheters work?

  • Coated Hydrophilic intermittent catheters are basically PVC catheters that are coated along the entire length with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP).
  • When these coated catheters come in contact with water, the PVP coating reacts with water to create a biocompatible salt coating that holds the water to the surface of the catheter. This allows for the formation of a smooth outer layer.
  • The thick and slippery layer stays on the surface of the catheter to lubricate the urethra during the process of catheter insertion and removal.
  • Thus, friction is reduced by up to 95%.

Shop Catheters brings to you coated intermittent catheters that will minimize the risk of urethral trauma and other complications during intermittent catheterization. They are great for patients who experience sheer discomfort during the catheterization process with uncoated catheters or those with difficulty using other types of catheters.

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