The introduction of intermittent catheterisation has been a milestone in the history of urology.
This development means a big step towards improved well-being and a better quality of life:
Simple – easy method of draining the bladder gently and without damaging pressure
Gentle – the urethra and the sensitive urethral mucosa are preserved
Normal – users call it the closest method to normal urination
Caring – this method protects the renal function
Safe – aseptic and extremely gentle application minimises risk of urinary tract infections
Flexible – can be performed anywhere at any time
The quality requirements of intermittent catheters for high-level safety are:
This method of bladder management truly simplifies life for many of its users in terms of independence, flexibility, mobility and integration.
We strive to find optimal solutions to make intermittent self-catheterisation safe, discreet, comfortable and as easy as it can be.
Based on advanced technology and high quality standards we offer a full range of products for intermittent self-catheterisation completely focused on the needs of our users, so that you can be assured of finding the perfect solution to meet your individual requirements.
The product information gives an overview of our intermittent catheter systems.
If you have any questions or need advising support, please contact us.
Intermittent catheterisation is the repeated drainage of the bladder through a thin disposable catheter. It is generally required four to six times a day depending on the liquid intake.
Important Considerations for Intermittent Catheterisation
Using a disposable catheter for bladder drainage must be an aseptic process, that means
How frequently is intermittent catheterisation required?
This depends on the daily liquid intake as this determines the daily quantity of urine excreted. When using intermittent catheterisation, the bladder is normally drained 4-6 times a day.
At the beginning, the catheterisation can be done by following a schedule. After some experience the user will get to know when the bladder needs to be emptied. The quantity per drainage should not exceed 500 ml.
What does the ideal catheter look like? Which features does the ideal catheter need? There are a huge number of different catheters on the market today to choose from.
The ideal catheter for a user is the result of the perfect combination of adequate catheter tip, catheter eyes, diameter and hydrophilic coating or lubricating gel. But what ultimately counts is having maximum safety and maximum comfort.
There is not one ideal catheter for all. Our goal is to offer you a full range of catheter systems with distinct innovative features, for example the flexible Ergothan tip, the gentle rounded catheter eyes, the special gel lubrication or the long dry-out time of our hydrophilic catheter coating.
All our catheter insertion systems, designed for a fully aseptic application and well-thought-out for an easy convenient handling, have one thing in common: They provide high quality and an optimum of safety and comfort.
Teleflex catheters are available with different tips:
Our Ergothan tip is the most flexible and perfectly adapts to the urethral anatomy. It adjusts optimally to every movement and glides easily and gently into the bladder. The conical shape enables a very gentle insertion with minimal pressure on the sensitive urethral mucosa.
For the anatomically normal urethra the straight cylindrical Nelaton tip is easily used.
The curved Tiemann tip ensures highest control during catheterisation of the male urethra.
The catheters of our intermittent catheter systems have all one feature in common: their eyes, the drainage holes, are particularly gentle to the sensitive urethral mucosa.
The Soft Cat Eyes (SCE) of the SafetyCat safety catheter are softly rounded – not only on the outside but also on the inside.
The Flocath catheter has gently rounded catheter eyes which are vertically cut and heat polished to ensure, like the Soft Cat Eyes, that the catheterisation is as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
The coating or lubricating gel is an important feature of an intermittent catheter. Considering the frequency of daily catheterisation the coating or lubricating gel must have very good lubricant qualities to guarantee a smooth passage through the sensitive urinary tract.
Our range covers intermittent gel-based and hydrophilic catheter systems:
Our hydrophilic coating is based on PVP (polyvinyl pyrrolidone) which ensures a fast and homogeneous hydration and offers excellent lubrication properties. It is also extremely well tolerated and resistant to wear. The comfort for the user is significantly enhanced and the risk of injury is reduced to a minimum.
Gel-based catheter systems:
Our catheter systems with a water-soluble lubricant gel also guarantee a comfortable and safe catheterisation with superior lubricant qualities. The lubricant gel provides a high biocompatibility and is integrated into the catheter system, so that the catheter is ready for use within seconds.
different tip types for a comfortable insertion in any situation
Coatings or gel lubrication
for a smooth passage