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French Catheters

CIA Medical is a leading provider of medical and surgical supplies. We serve over 25,000 healthcare facilities worldwide. See our list of French catheters and prices below. Order online, call us at (312) 275-5850, or get a 2-hour quote by filling the form on this page.

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No matter the item's brand, type, or size, we can get it — even if backordered.

What Is a French Catheter?

The term "French catheter" can be used to describe almost any kind of catheter that is measured using the French (Fr) scale. This is a measuring system that was created by a man called Joseph-Frederic-Benoit Charriere. 

Charriere was a 19th century Parisian who made surgical equipment and devices, including catheters. He wanted to create a simplistic way of measuring catheter sizes, and settled on a system in which 0.33mm = 1 French unit. 

Therefore, for example, a catheter with a 3 Fr rating is approximately 1mm wide (0.33 x 3), while a 10 Fr catheter is 3.33mm wide (10 x 0.33). French catheters can therefore be measured and sized according to Charriere's scale.

This scale is used for measuring many kinds of catheters, from classic urinary or Foley catheters that are inserted into the urethra to other kinds of catheters like Fogarty catheters, dialysis catheters, and epidural catheters.

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Cook Medical #G17870

Cook Medical #G17870, CATHETER, SILICONE, BALLOON, 7FRENCH, 10/BX

$717.30 per BOX

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Covidien #8887660143

Covidien #8887660143, Dover Red Rubber Urethral Catheter, 14 Fr/Ch (4.7 mm)

$1.16 EACH

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Covidien #3558

Covidien #3558, Dover Silicone Coated Latex Foley Catheter 5 mL, 2-Way, Retention 24 Fr/Ch (8.0 mm)

$21.32 per CARTON

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Covidien #8888492058

Covidien #8888492058, Dover Urethral PVC Catheter, 16 Fr/Ch (5.3 mm) x 16" (41 cm)

$0.80 EACH

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Covidien #3565

Covidien #3565, Dover Silicone Coated Latex Foley Catheter 5 mL, 2-Way, Retention 26 Fr/Ch (8.7 mm)

$21.25 per CARTON

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Covidien #8888280412

Covidien #8888280412, Argyle Suction Catheter with Chimney Valve Straight Packed 10 Fr/Ch (3.33 mm)

$21.37 EACH

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Covidien #8887660168

Covidien #8887660168, Dover Red Rubber Urethral Catheter, 16 Fr/Ch (5.3 mm)

$1.16 EACH

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Covidien #40516L

Covidien #40516L, DOVER 100% Silicone Council Tip Catheter, 16 Fr. 5cc, 2-way

$353.49 per CARTON

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Covidien #8887605148

Covidien #8887605148, Dover 100% Silicone Foley Catheter, 14 Fr., 5cc, 2-way

$92.80 per CARTON

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Covidien #2600

Covidien #2600, DOVER Silicone-Elastomer Ctd. Latex Foley Catheters, 18 Fr., 30cc, 2-way

$2.43 per BAG

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Covidien #3611

Covidien #3611, Dover Silicone Coated Latex Foley Catheter 30 mL, 2-Way, Hemostatic 20 Fr/Ch (6.7 mm)

$19.01 per BOX

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Covidien #76010

Covidien #76010, Dover Red Rubber Urethral Catheter, 14 Fr/Ch (4.7 mm)

$60.84 per CASE

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Covidien #8887605163

Covidien #8887605163, Dover 100% Silicone Foley Catheter, 16 Fr., 5cc, 2-way

$92.80 per CARTON

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Covidien #3411

Covidien #3411, Dover Female Urinary Specimen Catheter Kit, Prepping Components, 8 Fr/Ch (2.7 mm)

$4.37 EACH

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Covidien #67000

Covidien #67000, Dover Red Rubber Urethral Catheter, 16 Fr/Ch (5.3 mm)

$1.52 EACH

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Covidien #1616

Covidien #1616, Dover Hydrogel Coated Latex Foley Catheter, 5 mL, 2-Way, 16 Fr/Ch (5.3 mm)

$62.95 per CARTON

Ships Within: 2-3 Days
Covidien #63063

Covidien #63063, Dover Hydrogel Coated Latex Foley Catheter, 5 mL, 2-Way, 20 Fr/Ch (6.7 mm)

$55.37 per CASE

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Covidien #31820

Covidien #31820, CATHETER, SUCTION, 18 FR GRADUATED COIL, 50/CS

$0.87 EACH

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Laerdal Medical #83001133

Laerdal Medical #83001133, Argyle Graduated Suction Catheter Tray with Chimney Valve Coil Packed 16 Fr/Ch (5.33 mm)

$26.43 EACH

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Covidien #441214

Covidien #441214, Dover 100% Silicone Foley Catheter, 14 Fr., 5cc, 2-way

$2.79 per BAG

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Covidien #3618

Covidien #3618, Dover Silicone Coated Latex Foley Catheter 30 mL, 2-Way, Hemostatic 24 Fr/Ch (8.0 mm)

$19.01 per BOX

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Covidien #3601

Covidien #3601, Dover Silicone Coated Latex Foley Catheter 30 mL, 2-Way, Hemostatic 16 Fr/Ch (5.3 mm)

$19.01 per BOX

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Covidien #65035

Covidien #65035, Argyle Graduated Suction Catheter Kit with Chimney Valve, 14 Fr/Ch (4.67 mm)

$41.79 per CASE

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Covidien #8888570531

Covidien #8888570531, Argyle Thoracic Catheter, Straight, 24 Fr/Ch (8.0 mm) x 20" (51 cm)

$105.10 per CASE

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Covidien #CP3020R

Covidien #CP3020R, Dover Hydrogel Coated Latex Foley Catheter, 5 mL, 2-Way, 18 Fr/Ch (6.0 mm)

$51.65 per CARTON

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Covidien #605163IC

Covidien #605163IC, Dover Silver Coated 100% Silicone Foley Catheter, 5 mL, 2-Way, 16 Fr/Ch (5.3 mm)

$176.75 per CARTON

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Covidien #605189IC

Covidien #605189IC, Dover Silver Coated 100% Silicone Foley Catheter, 5 mL, 2-Way, 18 Fr/Ch (6.0 mm)

$276.00 per CARTON

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Covidien #8888257535

Covidien #8888257535, Argyle Suction Catheter with Mucus Trap, 20 mL, 8 Fr/Ch (2.67 mm)

$112.42 per CASE

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Halyard Health #0135-24

Halyard Health #0135-24, Dover Silicone Coated Latex Foley Catheter 5 mL, 2-Way, Retention 20 Fr/Ch (6.7 mm)

$14.12 EACH

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Covidien #3575

Covidien #3575, Dover Silicone Coated Latex Foley Catheter 5 mL, 2-Way, Retention 16 Fr/Ch (5.3 mm)

$19.01 per CARTON

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Covidien #3607

Covidien #3607, Dover Silicone Coated Latex Foley Catheter 5 mL, 2-Way, Retention 18 Fr/Ch (6.0 mm)

$19.01 per CARTON

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Covidien #8888570549

Covidien #8888570549, Argyle Thoracic Catheter, Straight, 28 Fr/Ch (9.3 mm) x 20" (51 cm)

$96.50 per CASE

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Covidien #605148IC

Covidien #605148IC, Dover Silver Coated 100% Silicone Foley Catheter, 5 mL, 2-Way, 14 Fr/Ch (4.7 mm)

$176.75 per CARTON

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Covidien #8887665183

Covidien #8887665183, Dover 100% Silicone Foley Catheter, 18 Fr., 30cc, 3-way

$152.00 per CARTON

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Cook Medical #G17471

Cook Medical #G17471, CATHETER, SILICONE, BALLOON, 7FRENCH, 10/BX

$627.06 per BOX

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Covidien #3573

Covidien #3573, Dover Silicone Coated Latex Foley Catheter 5 mL, 2-Way, Retention 12 Fr/Ch (4.0 mm)

$21.25 per CARTON

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Covidien #31200

Covidien #31200, CATHETER, SUCTION, STRAIGHT, 12 FR, 50 PER/CS

$34.67 per CASE

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Covidien #500038

Covidien #500038, Argyle Graduated Suction Catheter Tray with Chimney Valve Coil Packed 12 Fr/Ch (4.0 mm)

$23.30 EACH

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Covidien #141900

Covidien #141900, Argyle Suction Catheter with Directional Valve, Straight Packed, 10 Fr/Ch (3.33 mm)

$83.20 per CASE

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Covidien #8888492017

Covidien #8888492017, Dover Vinyl Urethral Catheter, 8 Fr/Ch (2.7 mm) x 16" (41 cm)

$65.31 per CASE

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Covidien #8887605247

Covidien #8887605247, Dover 100% Silicone Foley Catheter, 24 Fr., 5cc, 2-way

$92.80 per CARTON

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Covidien #8887605205

Covidien #8887605205, Dover 100% Silicone Foley Catheter, 20 Fr., 5cc, 2-way, 10/Carton

$120.10 per CARTON

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Covidien #31000

Covidien #31000, CATHETER, SUCTION, 10FR, 50 PER/CS

$50.00 per CASE

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Covidien #441501

Covidien #441501, Argyle Suction Catheter with Chimney Valve Straight Packed 16 Fr/Ch (5.33 mm)

$19.51 per CASE

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Covidien #8887605122

Covidien #8887605122, Dover 100% Silicone Foley Catheter, 12 Fr., 5cc, 2-way, 10 per/ctn

$92.80 per CARTON

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Covidien #40518L

Covidien #40518L, DOVER 100% Silicone Council Tip Catheter, 18 Fr. 5cc, 2-way

$353.49 per CARTON

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Covidien #8888570523

Covidien #8888570523, Argyle Thoracic Catheter, Straight, 20 Fr/Ch (6.7 mm) x 20" (51 cm)

$90.81 per CASE

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Covidien #8888492120

Covidien #8888492120, DOVER ROB-NEL Urethral Catheters, (PVC), 20 FR

$65.41 per CASE

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How Does a French Catheter Work?

French catheters can have different ways of working, depending on the specific type you are using at the time. A classic French urinary catheter, for example, will be inserted into the urethra of the patient and pushed inside until it connects with the bladder, allowing for drainage. A French epidural catheter, meanwhile, is inserted into the epidural space in the back, around the spinal cord, and used for injecting medicines and anesthetic into the patient’s body.

French Catheter Sizes 

As explained above, all French catheters and almost all catheters in general are sized using the French scale or French gauge system, created by Joseph-Frédéric-Benoit Charriere. Sizes can range from as low as 2 or 3 Fr all the way up to 20 Fr and beyond. Bigger and wider catheters are usually used for situations where wider openings are required, while small and narrow catheters may be used in pediatric patients or situations where only a narrow penetration into the body is needed.

French Catheter Types

There are many different kinds of French catheters. The most common variety is the urinary or Foley catheter. This catheter has been used for many years to help patients who may find it difficult or impossible to urinate naturally or those who are in conditions that make it harder to urinate, like patients who are bedridden. Other kinds of catheter can include dialysis catheters, used with dialysis machines, and biliary catheters, which are used to drain bile from bile ducts.

French Catheter Uses

Since there are many different kinds of French catheters, there are also lots of different ways in which they can be used. Urinary catheters, for example, can be useful for helping people who are suffering from incontinence or urinary retention, while epidural catheters can deliver anesthetic and medicine to patients with chronic pain or those going through labor.

French Catheter Suppliers

Covidien, Cook Medical, Halyard Health, Laerdal Medical, and Medline are some of the leading providers of French catheters.

Buy French Catheters at CIA Medical

No matter whether you’re looking for urinary catheters, epidural catheters, dialysis catheters, or some other kind of French catheter, CIA Medical can meet your needs. We aim to offer the fairest prices, the best service, and the finest quality products, all from trusted and proven manufacturers.