What Is an Intermittent Catheter?
Also known as a “straight” or an “in and out” catheter
An intermittent catheter is used to pass urine from the body. Intermittent catheters are soft, flexible tubes with tiny openings in the end that are inserted into the bladder via the urethra. Unlike Foley catheters, intermittent catheters drain directly into a toilet or disposable bag and are only meant to be used once then thrown away.
Also known as a “straight” or an “in and out” catheter, intermittent catheters are used on schedule that is determined by your doctor. A new catheter is used each time you drain your bladder. If you experience urinary incontinence or urinary retention, a doctor may prescribe an IC, and will teach you how to use one on your own or with the help of a caregiver.
The Right Size
Intermittent catheters are available in a variety of french sizes. Some catheters have color-coded funnels that indicate the French size. This size determines the diameter of the catheter. They also are available in a variety of lengths:
- 4 – 6 Inch
- 10 Inch
- 16 Inch
* Adult females can use the shorter 4 to 6 inch length, or the longer 16-inch catheter. It is a matter of preference. Adult males can use the 16-inch catheter due to the length of their urethra. Pediatric catheters are typically 10 inches.
Materials Make a Difference
There are three main types of Intermittent Catheters:
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