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Bladder Catheters

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What Is a Bladder Catheter?

A bladder catheter, also sometimes known as a urinary catheter, is a thin, hollow, flexible tube that is used for draining urine from the bladder. It allows patients to urinate freely, even while they are restricted to hospital beds or unable to pass urine unassisted.

There are various types of bladder catheters, including intermittent urinary catheters and indwelling catheters. They are known as "bladder catheters" due to the fact that they connect to the bladder, draining it of urine as it fills up.

These catheters typically have a very slim tip at one end, designed to make insertion easier. At the other end, they are typically connected to a catheter bag or urine bag, which acts as a container to collect the urine as it drains through.

Bladder catheters have many usages and can help patients dealing with various conditions or undergoing a wide range of procedures. They are used on a daily basis in hospitals, care homes, clinics, and even by patients in their own homes on a daily basis.

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How Does a Bladder Catheter Work?

A bladder catheter is inserted into the patient via the urethra. First, the tip will need to be lubricated using some sort of lubricant or jelly to ease insertion. It is then guided into the patient with care, pushed through the urethra, usually a distance of several inches until the tip connects with the bladder and urine begins to flow.

Bladder Catheter Sizes 

It is possible to find bladder catheters in a range of sizes, with different diameters and lengths to suit different patients and situations. The diameter of these catheters is usually measured in Fr, which is the measurement known as French scale or French gauge. Ratings can range from as low as 3 or 4 Fr up to 16 Fr and higher.

Bladder Catheter Types

There are two main types of bladder catheters: intermittent catheters and indwelling catheters. An intermittent catheter, also known as short-term catheter, is designed to be used on a short-term or one-off basis. An indwelling catheter, meanwhile, is made to be left inside the bladder for extended periods of time, often featuring an inflated balloon section at the end which holds it in place.

Bladder Catheter Uses

The main function of a bladder catheter is to drain urine from the bladder. This can be useful in many situations. For example, if a patient is suffering from incontinence and cannot control their urination, a catheter can allow them to pass urine freely into a bag or container. Patients undergoing surgery or rehabilitating after operations can also make use of bladder catheters, as well as those with reduced mobility for various reasons.

Bladder Catheter Suppliers

Medline, Coloplast, Specialty Medical, Harloff Manufacturing, Mentor, Convatec, Neochild, and Utah Medical are some of the top suppliers of bladder catheters.

Buy Best Price Bladder Catheters at CIA Medical

You have many options when buying bladder catheters, but CIA Medical aims to be your best choice. We have years of experience in providing medical supplies like bladder catheters to institutions and businesses across the world, offering competitive prices, quality products, and superior service. Trust CIA Medical for all your medical equipment needs.