Straight Tip Catheters

CHOOSING THE RIGHT STRAIGHT TIP CATHETER FOR YOU 

Byram Healthcare provides high quality straight tip catheter options from leading manufacturers including coudé catheters, hydrophilic catheters, closed system catheters, specialty and pediatric items. We offer a large variety of the latest and most sophisticated catheters and accessories. Discuss your needs with your healthcare provider to determine which option is best for you.

Byram Healthcare is a contracted provider covering over 260 million lives. Our broad in-network coverage aims to give you a better financial experience with lower, in-network co-payments and deductibles.

strait tip catheters

WHAT ARE STRAIGHT TIP CATHETERS?

A straight tip catheter, as its names suggests, is a perfectly straight, hollow, flexible tube that is inserted through the urethra to assist in urination by emptying the bladder. This type of catheter comes in a range of different sizes as well as a variety options that address specific patient needs – i.e., coated or lubricated, latex, antibiotic, impregnated and more.

WHY DO I NEED TO USE STRAIGHT TIP CATHETERS?

In most cases, a straight tip catheter is the most common type of catheter prescribed by doctors if you are diagnosed with urinary incontinence, or urinary retention. However, this may not work for everyone’s urethral anatomy. Some people may not be able to easily pass a straight tip catheter. If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort when using a straight tip catheter, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

STRAIGHT TIP CATHETER PROS:

  • Easier to use
  • Inexpensive
  • Safe to use
  • Utilized for both genders
  • Boosts Independence

STRAIGHT TIP CATHETER CONS:

  • Increased risk of trauma
  • Higher risk for bladder or kidney infections
  • Always must be kept clean
  • Not easy to keep discrete or carry around

HOW TO USE A STRAIGHT TIP CATHETER?

Self-catheterizing can be frightening at first, but with proper training and technique it can become simple and painless.

Before using any intermittent catheter, good hand hygiene is essential to limit the risk of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI).

  1. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and dry hands carefully with a single use towel.
  2. Gently clean insertion area using soap and water or moist towelette. 
  3. Open the package to access your catheter. If you are using a hydrophilic coated catheter, no additional lubricant is needed. If you are using an uncoated catheter, use a water soluble lubricant and lubricate the catheter.
  4. Slowly and gently insert the catheter into the urethra until urine starts to flow.
  5. Once urine stops flowing, you can begin to withdraw the catheter slowly.
  6. Throw away the catheter after use and wash your hands once more.

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