Tips for Common Catheter Problems

Whether you are new to catheterization or have been using a catheter for years, there are common catheter problems you might experience. Urinary catheters may be recommended by your doctor for various reasons and are a necessary part of controlling and emptying your bladder. You may be using a catheter for a short amount of time or long term. Either way, we will discuss some of the common catheter problems you may experience along the way and what can be done to alleviate the issues.

The Three Types of Catheters

1. Intermittent Catheters

Intermittent catheters are designed to be single-use tubes that pass through the urethra to drain the bladder and then be discarded. As the name suggests, they do not remain in the bladder for a long time but are instead used in intervals throughout the day. An intermittent catheter may be inserted in the hospital by a doctor during surgery, or it may be self-inserted every few hours to empty the bladder (self-catheterization).

Common Problems with Intermittent Catheters

  • The intermittent catheter will not go in.

GentleCath Hydrophilic Female CatheterYou should never force a catheter in due to the risk of damaging the sensitive urethral tissue. Try removing the catheter, taking a deep breath, and try again in a few minutes. If you are still unsuccessful and your bladder is uncomfortably full, you should visit your nearest emergency room for immediate assistance.

  • No urine is draining from the intermittent catheter.

It is possible that the lubricating jelly used to insert the intermittent catheter has blocked the flow of urine through the drainage eyelets. You can try coughing to help start urine flow for this common catheter problem.

Also, check to make sure you have inserted the intermittent catheter correctly. For females, check to see that you have not accidentally inserted the catheter into the vagina. For males, ensure that you have inserted the intermittent catheter far enough into the urethra from proper drainage. You should see approximately ten centimeters of the catheter’s end visible.

  • You are experiencing frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Most catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are caused by bacteria entering the urethra. CAUTIs are among the most common catheter problems and should be treated immediately by a doctor before it leads to further complications. One of the ways to help prevent CAUTIs is using closed-system catheters. Closed-system catheters allow for a completely touchless catheterization experience, reducing the risk of bacteria entering the urethra.

As with any UTI, it is advised to drink plenty of water throughout the day. By drinking enough fluids, you can help flush any bacteria away.

Another side note about CAUTIs is that the longer the catheter remains in place, such as with a Foley catheter, the higher the risk of repeat CAUTIs. And, since the female urethra is closer to the anus than with men, a CAUTI is more likely to occur in women than men.

2. Foley Catheters

A Foley catheter is also commonly referred to as an indwelling catheter because it is inserted into the bladder and remains there prolonged. Near the tip of the Foley catheter is a balloon. Once the Foley catheter is inserted into the bladder, the balloon is filled with sterile water. This expanded balloon prevents the Foley catheter from moving out of place.

More detailed information, including Foley catheter accessories and Foley catheter sizing, can be found on our Foley Catheter Products page.

Common Problems with Foley Catheters

  • There is leaking around the Foley catheter.

details and specific parts of a Foley catheterWhen the urine bypasses the catheter, leakage occurs. Check to make sure there are no kinks in the catheter and the drainage bag tubing that may be causing the leakage.

Another common catheter problem with a Foley catheter that is leaking is that it could also be blocked. If you have checked that there are no kinks in the catheter and drainage bag tubing and are uncomfortable because of your full bladder, go to your nearest emergency room immediately to resolve the blockage.

  • The Foley catheter has fallen out.

The balloon on a Foley catheter is inflated with sterile water and holds the catheter in place inside the bladder, preventing it from falling out. Be sure to check and see that the balloon did not accidentally deflate, meaning it could be faulty. The balloon size could also be the problem the Foley catheter has fallen out of the bladder. You should seek medical attention immediately if your Foley catheter has fallen out.

3. External Catheters

External catheters are also referred to as condom catheters or Texas catheters. Most external catheters are designed for men. However, female external catheters such as the Purewick Female External Catheter do exist.

Male external catheters are placed over the penis much like a condom. This external catheter features a plug at the end that attaches to a urinary drainage bag attached to the upper leg with catheter straps. These male external catheters are also self-adhesive and less likely to cause UTIs commonly associated with frequent intermittent catheterization.

Common Problems with External Catheters

  • The skin has become irritated.

Freedom Clear External Male CatheterYou may be allergic to the material or adhesive of the external catheter. You should consult your doctor, who may recommend an alternate external catheter to try.

The skin irritation could also be caused due to improper sizing of the external catheter. If the catheter is too tight around the penis, friction can occur, leading to skin irritation. If the external catheter is too large, leakage can occur, contributing to skin problems from fluids.

  • You are experiencing urine backflow.

A common catheter problem with external catheters is backflow. If urine is coming out of the top of the catheter, the first thing to check is to make sure that the drainage bag is below the bladder level. This is the case for all catheters, not just external catheters. Gravity will pull the urine downward, and if the drainage bag is above the bladder level, it will likely cause backflow.

  • Removing the catheter is painful.

If you experience pain when removing the external catheter, try putting a warm washcloth around the external catheter for a few minutes. The warmth of the washcloth can help loosen the adhesive used when applying the external catheter, allowing for smooth removal.

Other Catheter Problems That Require Immediate Attention

Although the above lists some of the most common catheter problems, it is not complete. There are other symptoms to watch for. You should seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Continuous bladder spasms or stomach cramps
  • Cloudy, fowl, or strong-smelling urine
  • Stones are sediment in the urinary drainage bag
  • Drinking enough fluids but little or no urine draining
  • Burning sensation around the catheter
  • Blood in the urine drainage bag or around the catheter point of entry
  • Swelling of the urethra at the catheter point of entry
  • Fever or chills

For help finding any intermittent, Foley, or external catheters we offer at Personally Delivered, give us a call. One of our helpful and knowledgeable Catheter Product Experts is happy to help. Remember, catheterization should never be uncomfortable, and we hope that some of these tips for common catheter problems you can find helpful.

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How to Sleep More Effectively with an Ostomy

Are you a new ostomate and anxious about how you will manage to get a full night’s rest? The thought of experiencing leaks and having to get up in the middle of the night to empty your ostomy pouch may seem daunting. We’ve got a few tips and ostomy supplies you can use to help prepare for a more comfortable and uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Be mindful of what you eat and drink

It can be helpful to pay close attention to the foods and beverages that affect your stoma output. Our bodies need to process foods, so eating your last meal of the day earlier may allow your food to digest before bedtime. Avoiding foods and beverages that may cause issues with your stoma, like diarrhea, is a good idea.

Some of the foods and liquids to avoid that commonly loosen and increase stool output include:

  • Spices
  • Raw vegetables
  • Fresh fruits
  • Prune juice
  • Apples
  • Milk
  • Green leaves
  • Bran cereals
  • Alcoholic beverages

Empty or change your ostomy pouch before bed

Depending on the type of ostomy pouch you are using, it is a good idea to either empty it or change it out to a fresh ostomy pouch. By emptying or changing your ostomy pouch, you can help reduce any anxiety you may have about experiencing leaks or overflow throughout the night.

Try using additional ostomy supplies and accessories

You can try using other ostomy supplies and accessories to help ease any anxiety and help you sleep comfortably.

Ostomy support belts

a couple of ostomy belts offered at Personally DeliveredOstomy belts and bands are ostomy supplies that fit snugly and work to hold your ostomy pouching system in place as you move around throughout the night. These ostomy supplies can add a sense of security by pulling the ostomy pouching system toward the skin, increasing tension on the skin barrier, and helping to prevent leakage.

Night drainage bag

Coloplast Ileo Night Drainage Ostomy PouchThere are ostomy supplies specific for those with high stoma output that may help lessen the need to wake up in the night and empty your ostomy pouch. Those with an ileostomy tend to have more liquid and frequent output than those with a colostomy. The Assura Two-Piece Ileo Night Drainage Ostomy Pouch by Coloplast provides large-volume drainage so you can get a restful night’s sleep. It can hold up to 2-Liters of output, allowing for longer wear-time.

Support pillows

full-size body pillowYou can try placing extra pillows in strategic spots to help support your body and provide added comfort. Body pillows such as the Hermell Products Body Pillow fits the contours of the body and can relieve any pressure on the stoma site, helping to improve overall sleep quality.

Make sure your ostomy pouching system is secure

Before heading to bed after changing your ostomy pouching system, ensure it is properly secure. Leaks often occur because the ostomy pouching system or additional ostomy supplies and accessories are not properly put on. By double-checking that you have a secure and snug fit of your ostomy supplies, you will lessen the chances of waking up to a leak in the night.

We hope these tips and suggested ostomy supplies can help you get a good night’s rest with your stoma. Every stoma is different, and you may need to try a few options before finding out what ostomy supplies or accessories work best for you. If you need assistance finding ostomy supplies we carry at Personally Delivered, our helpful Product Experts are just a phone call away. We care about helping you find the right ostomy supplies so you can get a good night’s sleep.

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Coloplast: Making life easier so you can be you!

Coloplast has been developing products and supplies for those with personal healthcare needs for over 60 years. Their products span from ostomy, continence care, urology, and skin and wound care. Coloplast’s mission is to produce these products to help make life easier so you can get out there and enjoy the activities you love most.

Coloplast Ostomy Products

Coloplast Sensura Mio Flip BarrierColoplast understands that life after ostomy surgery can be challenging to navigate. That’s why they work hard to develop innovative ostomy supplies based on honest customer feedback. Coloplast ostomy products and accessories are offered in various sizes, styles, and shapes to meet a broad range of needs.

We carry a wide selection of Coloplast ostomy supplies and accessories. When it comes to managing your output, controlling odors, and maintaining healthy peristomal skin, we have the Coloplast products for you.

If you would like advice on ostomy supplies that might help solve some of the most common issues with an ostomy, Coloplast offers easy and convenient Troubleshooter and BodyCheck Tools. They genuinely care about helping you find the right solutions to your specific concerns.

Coloplast Continence Care Products

Coloplast SpeediCath Flex Coudé Pro Pocket CatheterColoplast catheters for both men and women help address bladder and urinary system problems. Using a catheter that helps manage your symptoms while allowing you to continue participating in the activities you desire is the primary goal of Coloplast continence care products.

When it comes to discreetness, Coloplast delivers. Many of their female and male catheters are not only designed to be small and discreet but also convenient, less messy, and comfortable. The all-in-one SpeediCath Compact Sets for men and women feature an attached bag small enough to carry in your pocket or purse. These catheters are ready to use right out of the packaging and are a safe and convenient option for everyday use and traveling.

The SpeediCath Flex Coude Pro catheter for men is an excellent option that features a curved tip for easy navigation into the urethra. The easy-gripper dry sleeve makes the insertion process touch-free for maximum hygiene.

Conveen Security Plus Contoured Leg BagColoplast also offers a variety of urology supplies such as extension tubing, urinary leg and drainage bags, and leg bag straps and holders.

Coloplast Skin Care Products

Baza Clear Moisture Barrier OintmentOur skin is the largest organ of our bodies. Coloplast knows that healthy skin reflects a healthy body. For this reason, Coloplast skin and wound care products aim to protect sensitive and wounded skin from excess damage, infection, and further irritation. Coloplast skin care products cleanse, moisturize, and protect. These skin care products help treat conditions such as skin folds, dry skin, pressure ulcers, and incontinence-related skin issues like rashes and redness. We carry Coloplast barrier sprays, antiseptics, creams, ointments, and more.

Whether you are looking for quality ostomy supplies, continence care solutions, or premium skin care products, Coloplast has got you covered. Shop our store today. And if you need assistance finding the Coloplast products and supplies you are looking for, just ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable Product Experts today. They are glad to help!

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5 Tips to Help Determine if Your Child May Need a Larger Diaper Size

Determining when to move to the next diaper size for your child can be tricky. Some children grow at a faster rate than others and transition through diaper sizes more quickly. The same knowledge applies to children with a slow growth rate. Several telltale signs can help you determine when it might be the time to move up in your child’s diaper size.

1. Check the waistline and leg cuffs for redness

If your child’s diaper is too small, you may notice red marks or lines along the waistline and leg cuffs of the diaper. These red marks are a clear sign that your child’s diaper is chafing and irritating the skin. You can use your finger to pull up slightly on the waistband. If you feel tight constriction on your finger, the diaper size is likely too small and probably uncomfortable for your child.

2. Check the diaper tabs positions

mother putting a diaper on her babyIf you notice the diapers are fastening closer to your child’s hips rather than their stomach, the diaper may be becoming too small. Tabs securing further apart are a sign that the waistline of the diaper could fit better by increasing to the next diaper size.

3. Make sure the diaper is fully covering the buttocks

baby in diapers coloring on a canvasIf your child’s diaper isn’t fully covering their entire bottom, it is a sure sign the diaper size is too small. A diaper that doesn’t cover all necessary parts will not only be uncomfortable for your child but can also lead to leaks.

4. Check the diaper packaging

Every brand provides a suggested diaper size based on industry data regarding the average weight of children. It is pretty standard for brands to overlap weights when it comes to sizing. If your child is on the end of a size in a brand, they are likely at the beginning of the next size in a different brand. In this instance, it would be a good call to size up.

Healthline offers a handy diaper size chart that is meant to provide a general overview of diaper sizing based on a child’s weight. This chart may help you determine whether your child is in the correct size range of diapers.

5. Keep an eye on leaks

The most common reason your child may need to go up in diaper sizes is when you begin to notice more leaks. Leaks happen when the diaper is not correctly fitting, and it cannot sufficiently hold the amount of urine or feces your child is producing. A larger diaper is capable of holding more waste due to them having more absorbent material. Trying a larger diaper for overnight protection might be a good time to start the transition. Keep in mind that leaks can also happen if a diaper is too large. Just make sure the tabs are snugly closed and the elastic leg gathers are not loosely fitting.

Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to determine when your child needs a larger diaper quickly. Since children are constantly growing, a diaper size change may come unexpectedly. If you have the slightest thought that your child needs a bigger diaper, give it a try. Worst case, they are too large, and you can store them away for future use. Make sure your diaper bag is stocked with the necessities, too. Accidents happen, and being prepared with extra diapers, wipes, and spare clothing can be a blessing.

Many diaper banks accept donations if you have an abundance of diapers leftover from a smaller size and you don’t have anyone to give them to. You can find one near you by visiting the  Member Diaper Banks of the National Diaper Bank Network.

We carry a variety of diapers for children of all ages. If you would like assistance determining what diaper size your child needs, our friendly and knowledgeable Product Experts will be happy to help.

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Bladder Health: Treating and Preventing Kidney Stones

Our kidneys are responsible for removing waste from the blood and passing that out of our bodies through urine. Sometimes, crystals can begin to form in the kidneys when there is a buildup of waste, and those crystals are called kidney stones. These crystals can be as small as a grain of salt or as large as a golf ball. The larger the kidney stones, the more difficult and painful they are to pass.

So what causes the development of kidney stones, and how can they be prevented? We will discuss that now and hopefully provide helpful information about keeping your bladder healthy and avoiding kidney stones.

What causes kidney stones to form?

There are many risk factors for kidney stones. Anyone can get them, although statistics show that men are more likely than women.

Some of the risk factors of kidney stones are:

  • Your diet is high in protein, salt, and sugar
  • You are overweight
  • You do not drink enough water
  • You previously had kidney stones
  • Other family members have had kidney stones
  • You have polycystic kidney disease
  • You have had an intestinal surgery such as gastric bypass surgery
  • You take diuretics or calcium antacids

Most kidney stones can be easily passed through urine; however, if the kidney stone is too large to pass through the urethra, it can block the urinary tract, and an alternate treatment may be needed.

What are the treatment options for kidney stones?

First, always consult your doctor if there is blood in your urine, you have pain when you urinate, or you are experiencing extreme discomfort in your lower back or abdomen. These could be signs that your kidney stone is too large to pass naturally.

Your doctor may run some blood and urine tests as well as a scan to determine the size of your kidney stones. If your kidney stones are small, your doctor may tell you to drink plenty of water and take pain medication to help push them through your urinary tract.

If the kidney stones are too large to pass naturally, there are a few alternative treatment options.

Lithotripsy

This treatment is done under general anesthesia and uses a focused ultrasound to break up the larger kidney stones into smaller pieces. These smaller kidney stones can then be passed through the urine.

Ureteroscopy

This treatment is also done under general anesthesia. A long tube is inserted into the urethra and then through the bladder. The doctor either removes the stones directly from the ureter or uses a laser to break them into smaller pieces. More detailed information about this procedure can be found at https://urology.ufl.edu/patient-care/stone-disease/procedures/ureteroscopy-and-laser-lithotripsy/.

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

When other therapies have failed, this treatment can be used to remove kidney stones. The doctor inserts a scope into the back through a small incision and removes the kidney stones. This procedure is done while under general anesthesia, and more detailed information can be found at https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/17349-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy.

How can kidney stones be prevented?

water bottle with markingsOne of the key ways to reduce your risk of developing kidney stones is to drink extra water. By drinking a lot of water, the substances in the urine that lead to kidney stones are diluted. It is recommended to drink at least ten 10-ounce glasses of water each day. This amount translates into approximately three quarts of water.

Some tips for drinking more water include:

  • Add flavor to your water by freezing fruits and using those as an alternative to ice cubes.
  • Try adding honey and lemon to hot water for soothing and warm hydration when the weather is cold.
  • Opt for unsweetened sparkling water.
  • Try using a water bottle that features marked increments as reminders to track your daily water consumption.

You can find smart products that can help you stay hydrated at https://www.nbcnews.com/select/lifestyle/10-smart-products-will-make-upping-your-water-intake-no-ncna759776.

nutrition facts food labelSome diet tips to help prevent kidney stones include:

  • Try cutting down on salty foods like frozen meats, cheese, canned soups, salty snacks, and certain salad dressings. Reading product labels to determine the content of sodium can be very helpful. More information for the recommended daily sodium intake can be found at https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sodium-per-day.
  • To prevent uric acid kidney stones, it may be helpful to try reducing your intake of shellfish and red meat.

Remember that you should never start, stop, or change your diet without consulting with your doctor.

Having a healthy bladder is essential to everyone. By maintaining a proper fluid intake, eating a well-balanced diet, and keeping your weight under control, you can help avoid kidney stones and other bladder complications such as incontinence, urinary tract infections (UTIs), adult bedwetting, to name a few.

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Hollister Incorporated – Making a Difference in People’s Lives for Over 100 Years

Hollister Incorporated has been dedicated to making continence care, ostomy, and critical care products for health care professionals and the people who use these products for over 100 years. Their mission is to make life more dignified and rewarding for those that use their products as they continuously strive to keep up with the ever-changing market to ensure their products are consistently high-quality.

Hollister offers a variety of continence care products for those with neurogenic bladder, urinary retention, incontinence, and other common bladder conditions. Today, we will focus on Hollister Continence Care Products, including intermittent catheters, male external catheters, and urine collection devices. We will also provide resources to answer some questions you may have, including videos and articles.

Hollister Intermittent Catheters

Hollister offers a variety of intermittent catheters that help give freedom to those with neurogenic bladder. Hollister intermittent catheters help make catheterization safe and comfortable so you can go about your day without worry and stay active.

female hand opening the flip-top cap of the Hollister Infyna Chic catheterInfyna Chic Intermittent Catheter

The Infyna Chic Intermittent Catheter is a hydrophilic catheter for women that is beautiful and discreet. The flip-top cap is easy to open using just one hand, and the firmness of the catheter supports an entirely touchless insertion. It is ready to use right out of its case and will not leak once the cap is reclosed. Women can confidently and completely drain their bladder with the Infyna Chic Intermittent Catheter, which can be fully recycled after use.

Vapro Plus Pocket CatheterVaPro Plus Pocket Catheters

Hollister VaPro Plus Pocket Catheters are made for both men and women and feature an easy-open finger hole on the packaging. These intermittent catheters fit nicely in a pocket or purse for discreetness and are excellent for catheterization on the go or at home. The VaPro Plus Pocket Catheters provide a touch-free experience with their protective tip, sleeve, and integrated 1000mL collection bag. The smooth rounded eyelets enhance comfort upon insertion and removal, and this catheter is latex-free and constructed of Phthalate-free PVC material.

The VaPro Intermittent Catheter is also offered with a coude tip.

Hollister Onli Ready-To-Use Women's Hydrophilic Intermittent CatheterOnli Ready to Use Hydrophilic Catheters

The Hollister Onli Hydrophilic Catheter is ready to use and designed for easy catheterization. This intermittent catheter is prehydrated in an easy to open package and features an ergonomic gripper to provide a touchless experience. The Hollister Onli Intermittent Catheter is available for both children and adults, male and female.

Hollister Advance Plus Catheter KitAdvance Plus Intermittent Catheters

This pre-lubricated gel intermittent catheter system is self-contained and designed to be touch-free. The Hollister Advance Plus Intermittent Catheter features an integrated 1500mL collection bag with a large handle and a protective tip to help reduce the risk of bacteria entering the urethra.

The Hollister Advance Plus Intermittent catheter is also available in the Advance Plus Pocket style for a secure, discreet, and convenient option and offered in a kit that contains all the necessary supplies for a touch-free and safe catheterization experience.

hollister apogee plus intermittent catheter systemApogee Intermittent Catheters

Hollister Apogee Intermittent Catheters are available in non-lubricated straight or coude tip options. Hollister also makes the Apogee Closed-System Intermittent Catheter Systems that are pre-lubricated gel catheters with a protective tip to help shield them from bacteria contained in a 1500mL collection bag. This intermittent catheter allows for touch-free catheterization and is also available as a kit containing all the supplies needed for a comfortable experience.

Hollister Male External Catheters

Hollister male external catheters are designed for men with urinary incontinence and dribbling issues and can help prevent urinary infections associated with frequent catheterization. External catheters can be a more comfortable option for men since they are non-invasive and allow more movement. Hollister offers three styles of male external catheters in various sizes to ensure you get the proper fit and wear time.

Hollister InView Extra Male External CatheterInView Silicone Male External Catheter

The InView Silicone Male External Catheter is the choice for those with a latex allergy. The breathable, transparent, and soft silicone material features a skin-friendly adhesive to prevent detachment, and the tapered tip fits most drainage bags.

Everyday Latex Male External Catheter

The Hollister Everyday Latex Male External Catheter is easy for men to apply, wear, and remove. Featuring a skin-friendly adhesive for security and a tapered tip that fits most urine drainage bags, this external catheter for men is a comfortable option. The double-row convolutions help to resist twisting and kinking so urine can flow freely into a collection bag.

The Hollister Extended-Wear Self-Adhesive Male External CatheterExtended Wear Latex Male External Catheter

The Hollister Extended Wear Latex Male External Catheter has the same features as the Everyday Latex Male External Catheter but has an inner flap that helps prevent urine backflow.

Hollister Collection Devices and Accessories

Hollister makes a range of urine collection devices, extension tubing, and leg bag straps to help make your catheterization experience easy, clean, secure, and comfortable. You can shop a wide variety of Hollister urinary collection devices and accessories by clicking the options below.

Hollister Incorporated Resources

Hollister offers a wealth of educational guides and videos to help you learn more about intermittent catheterization, bladder and bowel health, using Hollister continence care products, and so much more. Visit https://www.hollister.com/en/continencecare/educationaltools to expand your knowledge and get the most out of your life.

Our Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist with any questions or concerns about the Hollister products and supplies we offer. If you are looking for Hollister ostomy products or other Hollister accessories, we carry many of those too. And, if you aren’t finding what you are looking for on our website, just reach out and ask.

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Attends: Promoting Care, Comfort, and Confidence

For over forty years, Attends has been one of the leaders in disposable incontinence products for people of all genders, ages, shapes, and sizes. Attends products are designed and manufactured in Greenville, North Carolina, by Attindas Hygiene Partners. Extensive research is put into both the consumer’s needs and the materials used to develop reliable, comfortable, and absorbent incontinence products. Whether you are a user, a professional healthcare provider, or a caregiver, Attends is sure to have the incontinence product for your unique needs.

Personally Delivered has been an industry partner of Attends for many years, and we are proud to carry a variety of their product lines. You can shop our website for Attends briefs, protective underwear, personal wipes, booster pads, underpads, and more.

Attends Briefs

Attends manufactures incontinence briefs and diapers that address heavy to severe urinary and fecal incontinence. The variety of choices will all help keep you dry, comfortable, and confident as you go about your days and nights.

  • Attends Breathable Youth BriefsAttends Advanced Briefs – These incontinence briefs offer maximum protection for those with heavy to severe incontinence. They feature SmartCool Breathable Material, ConfidenceCuff Protection, and a Dry-Lock Containment Core. These three components help keep the skin healthy and dry while helping to prevent leaks.
  • Attends Poly Briefs – These briefs contain super absorbent polymers to lock in fluids and elastic leg gathers to prevent leaks. The poly outer cover has refastening closures for a secure fit.
  • Attends Stretch Briefs – These briefs have stretchable side panels for a contoured fit as they provide protection for heavy to severe incontinence. They are breathable, control odors, and also feature ConfidenceCuff Protection and a Dry-Lock Containment core to keep you dry both day and night.
  • Attends Classic Briefs – These soft and breathable briefs are a great choice when considering both value and performance. They feature a CorePlus layer that contains more absorbent polymers than a single-core design, and they also have odor-blocking properties.
  • Attends Extended Wear Briefs – These briefs have all the same features as the Attends Advanced Briefs above but offer longer wear time. They are excellent for those with heavy or severe urinary or fecal incontinence. Users will stay dry, comfortable, and confident all through the daytime or overnight.
  • Attends Bariatric Briefs – For those larger in size whose weight may put pressure on the bladder causing heavy to severe incontinence, Attends offers a bariatric brief. The extra-wide tabs on the sides provide a secure fit for those with a waist size between 70-100 inches. These briefs are comfortable, breathable, absorbent, and help control odors.
  • Attends Premier Briefs – These briefs are high-rise, so they offer full-fit overnight protection. They are the most absorbent Attends briefs so they lock away fluids faster while allowing the skin to breathe to stay healthy.
  • Attends Youth Briefs – The youth briefs feature the same properties as the other Attends briefs to keep adolescents comfortable, dry, and confident. They are constructed of soft, breathable material and have a SingleCore Plus layer and a Supersorb layer that blocks odors.

Attends Protective Underwear

Attends protective underwear is a pull-on style of underwear for those that have a more active lifestyle. The protective underwear lineup by Attends features elastic leg cuffs to prevent leakage and tear-away side panels for easy removal.

  • Attends Overnight UnderwearAttends Advanced Underwear – Worn like regular underwear, the Attends Advanced Underwear offers moderate to heavy incontinence protection for youth and adults. The breathable waistband, ConfidenceCuff Protection, the Super Absorbent Core, and the Odor Shield make it easy to feel confident and secure as you go about your day.
  • Attends Overnight Underwear – If you are looking for protective underwear that addresses heavy to severe incontinence and keeps you comfortable and protected throughout the day and night, Attends Overnight Underwear is an excellent option. With a Super Absorbent Core and ConfidenceCuff Protection, you remain dry and leak-free for an extended period.
  • Attends Premier Underwear – As the most absorbent underwear offered by Attends, the Premier Underwear locks away fluids faster with the Dry-Lock Containment Core. The SmartCool Breathability feature promotes healthy skin, and the high-rise, full-fit design makes them a comfortable choice.
  • Attends Bariatric Underwear – For larger individuals, Attends offers Bariatric Protective Underwear to address incontinence due to pressure on the bladder causing urinary leakage. This underwear provides protection for heavy to severe incontinence and is constructed of soft, breathable materials to promote healthy skin. The user is kept dry and comfortable overnight as odors are controlled.
  • Attends Discreet Underwear – Like regular underwear, Attends Discreet protective underwear is an alternative to briefs and diapers for men and women who lead a more active lifestyle. This underwear is for moderate to heavy incontinence protection and has a full belly elastic waistband for a comfortable and secure fit. Attends Discreet is offered for both Men and Women.

Attends Bladder Control Pads

Attends Discreet Bladder Control Pads offer protection for light to moderate bladder leaks. The look and feel of these bladder control pads are discreet, hence the name. They are meant to be worn on their own without using another incontinence product like protective underwear. The Discreet Bladder Control Pads feature Odor Shield to conceal odors, Triple Leak Protection, and Advanced DermaDry to promote healthy skin.

Attends Discreet Bladder Control PadsAttends Discreet Bladder Control Pads are offered in four different styles:

  1. Attends Maximum Long Pads – 14.5-inch length for moderate bladder leaks
  2. Attends Maximum Pads – 13-inch length for light to moderate bladder leaks
  3. Attends Moderate Pads – 10.5-inch length for light to moderate bladder leaks
  4. Attends Ultra Thin Pads – 9-inch length with wings for light bladder leaks, dribbles, and period protection

Attends Liners and Pads

Attends offers a variety of incontinence pads that protect those with urinary and fecal incontinence.

  • Butterfly Body Patches by AttendsAttends Shaped Pads – For those with moderate to severe incontinence, Attends Shaped Pads are offered in three different absorbency levels: Regular, Plus, and Super. All three options feature ConfidenceCuff Protection, odor-control properties, and a longer core for improved absorbency.
  • Attends Booster Pads – Booster pads are used with another incontinence product such as a brief, diaper, or protective underwear. They are intended to ‘boost’ the absorbency of the primary undergarment. Attends Booster Pads are slim, breathable, and contain odor-blocking properties.
  • Attends Butterfly Body Patches – If you are looking for protection for light to moderate fecal incontinence, the Butterfly Patch might be suitable for you. This discreet option fits comfortably in the buttocks as it absorbs fluids and controls odors.

Attends Male Guards

Attends Discreet Male GuardAttends Males Guards offer men an option for light to moderate bladder leakage. The shape and design of the male incontinence guard allow it to fit comfortably in briefs and boxers. Attends has two styles of the male guard; the Attends Discreet Male Guard for moderate leak protection and the Attends Guards for Men for light incontinence. Both are a contoured shape for comfort and fit as they absorb fluids at the core.

Attends Underpads

Underpads, bed pads, and chux by Attends are absorbent pads that can be used for various purposes. They can be used to protect mattresses, chairs, car seats, surfaces, and even as training pads for puppies.

Attends Supersorb Maximum UnderpadsAttends offers five different types of underpads.

  • Attends Dri-Sorb Underpads – Made of soft and absorbent material, these underpads are great for home and hospital use. The strong, leak-proof back sheet absorbs fluids as it protects the skin as well as other surfaces.
  • Attends Air-Dri Breathable Underpads – This everyday underpad features a soft top sheet and an airflow back sheet for breathability. It is designed to reduce heat retention, which promotes healthy skin.
  • Attends SuperSorb Underpads – These premium underpads keep skin dry as they protect med linens and other surfaces. This underpad features a Dry-Lock absorbent core, a breathable backsheet, and odor-blocking properties. They are recommended for heavy to severe incontinence management.
  • Attends Discreet Underpads – These underpads are 23-inches by 36-inches and are an excellent option for protecting bedding and furniture with the waterproof moisture barrier and absorbent padded core.
  • Attends Night Preserver Underpads – This underpad is made with soft, non-woven layers that wick away fluids and keep the skin dry. They contain additional super absorbent polymer and cellulose fibers for heavy incontinence protection on mattresses, chairs, and other surfaces.

Attends Wipes

Attends Dry WipesAttends offers personal wipes that are either pre-moistened or dry.

  • Attends Washcloths – These wipes are pre-moistened with a pH-balanced cleansing formula. They are hypoallergenic, free of parabens, alcohol, and latex, and are available as either scented or unscented.
  • Attends Dry Wipes – These wipes are 10-inch by 13-inch sheets made of an air-laid, non-woven fabric with excellent water absorbency properties and much stronger than standard tissue. These dry wipes are a sanitary and healthy alternative to non-disposable cloths.

We are proud to carry Attends incontinence products at Personally Delivered. If you need assistance choosing what Attends products are suitable for your unique needs, our Product Experts are here to help. By choosing Attends incontinence products, you get the care, comfort, and confidence you deserve to maintain your lifestyle and dignity.

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Tips for Common Ostomy Concerns

Having an ostomy can challenge a person’s lifestyle in a variety of ways. Any time we experience changes to what we are familiar with, daily life can become frustrating. Thankfully, there are helpful tips for many of the most common ostomy concerns to make managing life with an ostomy easier. With the right ostomy supplies, most people can live a comfortable and active life.

So, here are some of the most asked questions regarding common ostomy concerns, along with tips and answers that may be helpful.

Why isn’t my ostomy pouching system staying in place?

One of the most common reasons why an ostomy pouching system is not staying in place is due to an improperly fitting skin barrier. If the ostomy pouch doesn’t conform snugly to the peristomal skin, leakage is a risk.

Here are a few tips you might try to correct this common ostomy concern.

Make sure your skin barrier is the right fit.

There are many skin barriers available today that allow for a comfortable and snug fit around the stoma. There are convex skin barriers that curve outward toward the skin to create a better seal, and there are moldable skin barriers that allow a more personalized fit, requiring no cutting. Making sure your skin barrier is the right fit can help avoid a common ostomy concern of your pouch not staying in place as you move about throughout your day.

Make sure your skin is dry before applying your skin barrier.

When the skin is wet or moist, it can be more challenging to achieve a good seal. Without a tight seal, the risk of skin irritations and leaks increases. Ostomy supplies such as stoma powder can absorb moisture and keep the peristomal skin dry and protected.

Try using an ostomy belt or wrap.

Nu-Hope Original Flat Panel Ostomy Support Belt, 5 inches wide, beige, 3-1/4 inch center stoma opening for a 36 to 40 inch waistOstomy belts and wraps help to keep an ostomy pouching system securely in place. Many ostomy pouching systems feature belt tabs for support belts that are easily adjustable to fit all sizes.

Another type of ostomy belt or support wrap offered is wide enough to cover more area of the ostomy pouching system. This type of ostomy belt typically features either a Velcro closure or hook-and-loop closure that adjusts to get the desired fit. These support belts have a circular opening in a non-stretchable area of the belt for barrier and pouch support.

Bonus tip:

Make sure to empty your ostomy pouch before you head out, exercise, or engage in sexual activity. If the pouch is full, it can become heavy and pull away from the skin barrier, resulting in leaks, which is another common ostomy concern.

Why is my ostomy pouch filling up with gas so often?

When an ostomy pouch fills with gas or “wind,” it is usually due to the filter becoming blocked. Moisture can cause a blockage as well as stoma output. The pressure created from the ostomy pouch filling up with gas can be another reason the ostomy pouch is coming away from the body, resulting in leaks.

Here are a few tips that might help reduce the common ostomy concern of an ostomy pouch filling up with gas as often.

Consider using a ventilation accessory.

Many ostomy supplies can help control the buildup of gas in an ostomy pouch. A popular choice is the Osto-EZ-Vent device for any type of ostomy pouch. The Osto-EZ-Vent is an excellent alternative to burping or opening the bottom of an ostomy pouch to release the air. It is easy to install, works efficiently, lasts as long as the ostomy pouch is worn, and is not affected by water.

Try avoiding gas-inducing foods.

Spicy foods and some vegetables such as cabbage, corn, spinach, broccoli, and onions can produce more gas. Carbonated or fizzy beverages such as sodas, sparkling water, and beer are also more gaseous and should be avoided as much as possible. It is essential to include a variety of vegetables in your diet; however, taking smaller bites and chewing slowly can help reduce the amount of air ingested while eating.

Avoid chewing gum and smoking.

Chewing gum and smoking are two actions that increase the amount of air you ingest and can contribute to your ostomy pouch filling with gas more often. Avoiding these habits can help reduce gas buildup in your pouch.

How can I control embarrassing odors coming from my ostomy pouch?

Another common ostomy concern we hear a lot is that of an odor coming from the ostomy pouch. Odors coming from your ostomy pouch can be caused by burping your pouch to relieve excess gas, or they can be caused by leakage. We will discuss more about leakage later in this article and focus now on your options for controlling odors coming from a properly fitting ostomy pouching system.

Try a lubricating deodorant.

Ostomy lubricating deodorants help control smells in the ostomy pouch. This ostomy accessory can help neutralize odors as the ostomy pouch is emptied and keep output at the bottom of the ostomy pouch instead of gathering near the stoma.

Try using an ostomy pouch that features a filter.

By using an ostomy pouch that features a filter, odors caused by gas are neutralized. It is essential to keep an eye on the filter to avoid any blockage from output or water that could allow the ostomy pouching to lift and release odors, potentially leading to leakage.

Ostomy pouch filters are also sold as separate individual ostomy supplies aside from the pouch itself. The Coloplast Filtrodor Pouch Filter is charcoal-activated and self-seals to any ostomy pouch to protect against stoma output odors.

Consider using Diamonds Gelling and Odor Control Sachets.

Diamonds Gellng and Odor Control SachetsDiamonds Odor Control Sachets are dissolvable sachets that are designed as a single ostomy pouch treatment. One sachet is inserted through the drainage outlet or the wafer hole. Once the Diamonds sachet dissolves, liquid contents are solidified, reducing or eliminating gas and ballooning. Diamonds sachets are typically used at nighttime to help aid in a restful and uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Learn more about Diamonds Gelling and Odor Control Sachets by clicking here: Diamonds FAQs.

Why do I have a rash on the skin around my stoma?

Peristomal skin should be smooth and healthy, just like the rest of the skin on the body. Redness, rash, or other irritation is another common ostomy concern that should be addressed and treated immediately to lessen the worsening of the problem. Your skin rash or irritation could be due to the peristomal skin repeatedly being exposed to feces, urine, or other bodily fluids from a poor fitting ostomy pouching system. Or, the skin irritation could result from frequent pouch changes or sensitivity to the adhesives used in some ostomy supplies.

Here are a few tips for managing rashes, redness, and other peristomal skin irritations.

Check the fit of your skin barrier and ostomy pouch.

As we have mentioned a few times in this article, the proper snug fit of the skin barrier can prevent many common ostomy concerns. At the same time, if the ostomy pouch opening is too large for the skin barrier, fluids and waste will be allowed to contact the peristomal skin and not sufficiently drain. If adjustments are needed throughout the day, the skin will only become more irritated. The more your ostomy pouching system rubs against your skin, the more risk for trauma to the area. It may be helpful to check the size and shape of your stoma regularly to assure you have the correct fitting ostomy pouching system.

Consult with your doctor about the adhesives in the ostomy supplies you are using.

Doctor Discussing Medication with his patient as they sit next to one anotherSometimes, the adhesives used in the ostomy supplies you are using can contribute to the peristomal skin irritation you are experiencing. You might have a sensitivity to the adhesive, and your doctor may be able to confirm that by sharing what ostomy supplies you are using. A minor rash or irritation could become something of more concern if left untreated. A simple change of the ostomy supplies you are using could be the solution to maintaining healthy peristomal skin.

Assess any potential changes in your output.

Has there been a change in your output? Has your stool become more loose or watery? If so, try changing to a drainable pouch if you are using a closed-end pouch. You might be able to manage the frequency of changing your ostomy pouching system better. Fewer changes mean less skin irritation. A drainable ostomy pouch can stay in place as it is emptied. And, better yet, opting for a two-piece ostomy pouching system can allow the skin barrier to remain in place as the ostomy pouch is replaced. Your peristomal skin will stay healthier in the long run.

Help! I keep experiencing leakage with my ostomy pouching system. What can I do?

Leakages from your ostomy pouch can occur for a variety of reasons and this is one of the most common ostomy concerns. After stoma surgery, the abdominal shape changes for some time, affecting the stoma size. Checking your stoma regularly can help avoid improperly fitting skin barriers and ostomy pouches that can lead to leaks.

Here are a few tips for preventing leakage from your ostomy pouching system.

Try a convex or moldable skin barrier.

ConvaTec Natura Durahesive Moldable Ostomy BarrierAs mentioned previously in this article, a convex skin barrier can help create a better seal to prevent leaks. If there has been a change in the protrusion of your stoma or the peristomal skin is irregular, using a convex skin barrier might be beneficial. A moldable skin barrier is made of creates a secure seal around the stoma that doesn’t require the use of any scissors.

Monitor for changes in your output.

A change in your output can also cause concerns with leakage. Stoma output that has become loose or watery can often be the precursor to leakage from your ostomy pouching system. The moisture and wetness that builds up between the peristomal skin and the barrier can lead to skin irritation and soreness.

Try applying a secondary adhesive.

Another option to keep your ostomy pouching system from leaking would be to apply a secondary adhesive. Hy-Tape is a popular choice to add as a second layer of protection from leakage. Hy-Tape is a thin, latex-free, waterproof, and conforming adhesive that makes it easier to create a seal around the skin barrier. This secondary adhesive is an excellent solution for sensitive skin or those who have irritation surrounding the stoma. Hy-Tape holds firm but releases gently without becoming stickier as body temperature rises. Peristomal skin is left intact and healthy due to the zinc-oxide-based formula.

What pouching options do I have if discreetness is my concern?

As we have learned, when an ostomy pouch fills with gas or wind, it will become more apparent underneath clothing as it starts to balloon. Using a pouch that features a filter or an ostomy accessory such as a ventilation device, this gas can be released, and the ostomy pouch will deflate.

There are a few tips when discreetness is of concern.

Try emptying your pouch more often.

Securi-T Two-Piece Drainable Pouch with FilterAn ostomy pouch full of output will bulge more and be less discreet. By keeping an eye on the ostomy pouch contents, you can drain the output and keep a flatter pouch. There are transparent drainable ostomy pouches such as the Hollister Securi-T Two-Piece Drainable Pouch. Not only is this ostomy pouch transparent for viewing contents, it is drainable, features a filter to deodorize gas, but it is part of a two-piece system that offers stoma protection by reducing pouch changes.

Consider the color of the ostomy pouch film.

Nowadays, ostomy pouches are made in a variety of pouch film options. You might consider a beige or opaque film that can offer more discreetness than a transparent or clear ostomy pouch. The beige color matches the skin more closely and can help conceal the contents of the pouch more easily. However, it is essential to note that monitoring the output in a beige or opaque ostomy pouch is more difficult than a transparent or clear one.

Consider a stoma cap if you have mastered managing your output.

If you have predictable and relatively infrequent bowel movements, a stoma cap may be an option for you. A stoma cap is the smallest of all ostomy pouch options. It is approximately 3-4 inches across and the most discreet pouching option available. Stoma caps are a popular choice when participating in activities such as swimming, working out, playing sports, intimacy, or irrigation. These ostomy supplies are not recommended for those with ileostomies or unpredictable output as they are not ideal for more significant amounts of liquid or formed stool.

You can learn more about stoma caps, their uses, and if they might be the right choice for you in our A Stoma Cap and its Many Uses blog post.

These are only a handful of the common ostomy concerns that ostomates experience. Hopefully, we have provided some valuable tips for some of the most common concerns we have heard. If you are experiencing these or other problems with your ostomy, first consult with your doctor. Then, we can help you find the products recommended or provide additional suggestions based on your doctor’s findings. Our Product Experts are here to assist and help make your life a little easier.

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The Advantages of Coloplast Self-Cath Catheters

Coloplast manufacturers the Self-Cath family of catheters for male, female, and pediatric patients. Self-Cath catheters are designed to make either self-catheterization or catheterization by a caregiver comfortable, safe, and easy. These intermittent catheters are latex-free and made of a flexible medical grade PVC material and silicone surface for smooth insertion.

Let’s talk about the Coloplast Self-Cath family of catheters now and point out each of their unique features and benefits.

Coloplast Self-Cath Straight Male Length CatheterThe Self-Cath Male Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter is constructed of a soft silicone material that is uncoated. These catheters are 16-inches long, feature fire-polished eyelets, and are individually packaged for sterile, single-use. This Self-Cath Straight Tip Catheter for men is latex-free, so it is safe for those with latex allergies.

The Self-Cath Male Straight Tip Catheter is also offered in a more compact curved packaging for more discreetness.

Coloplast Female Length Straight CatheterThe Self-Cath Female Straight Tip Catheter has excellent benefits like the male version, but it is only 6-inches long to accommodate the female anatomy. Six inches is the standard length for an intermittent female catheter and is designed for maximum comfort. With its smooth silicone surface and fire-polished eyelets, the Self-Cath Female Straight Tip Catheter makes catheterization for women easy and comfortable.

The Self-Cath Female Straight Catheter is also offered with a Luer End. This catheter style does not have a connector or color-coded funnel at the end of the tube but rather just an open end.

Coloplast Self-Cath Pediatric Intermittent Straight Tip CatheterJust like the male and female options of the Self-Cath Straight Tip Catheters, the Self-Cath Pediatric Straight Tip Catheter shares all the same great features at 10-inches in length. The clear, latex-free, smooth silicone surface with fire-polished eyelets helps make self-catheterization as comfortable as possible.

Coloplast Self-Cath Olive Tip Coudé CatheterThe Self-Cath Male Olive Tip Coude Catheter has a rounded, curved end to help navigate through narrow urethras upon insertion. This slightly curved and olive tip feature allows for a smoother passage into the bladder and may help bypass urethral obstructions. This 16-inch long male intermittent catheter is constructed of medical-grade PVC with a siliconized surface and fire-polished eyelets. The guide stripe on the Self-Cath Male Olive Tip Coude Catheter helps determine the placement of the angled tip. This intermittent male catheter is also latex-free.

Coloplast Self-Cath Tapered Tip Coudé Catheter

The Self-Cath Male Tapered Tip Coude Catheter has all the same features as the Olive Tip Coude Catheter; however, the tip is slightly bent and smaller at the entrance point. This tapered tip is the most common type of coude tip and can be helpful when navigating small blockages or obstructions.

Coloplast Self-Cath Soft Catheter

The Self-Cath Soft Male Catheter is 16-inches long, features a straight tip, and is made of a softer, more flexible material. The medical-grade PVC is firmer than a red rubber catheter yet softer than plastic. This male intermittent catheter has fire-polished eyelets, a siliconized surface for smooth insertion, and is latex-free for those with sensitivities.

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus Male Length CatheterThe Self-Cath Plus Male Catheter features a hydrophilic coating that activates immediately after exposure to water. This slippery surface then allows the user to experience easy and comfortable self-catheterization. The Self-Cath Plus Male Catheter is made of medical-grade PVC and has an uncoated GripZone area for handling control. This male intermittent catheter is 16-inches long, has fire-polished eyelets, and is latex-free.

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus Female Length CatheterThe Self-Cath Plus Female Catheter has all the same great features as the male option, but it is only 6-inches long. At this length, along with the water-activated hydrophilic coating, self-catheterization for women is as comfortable and easy as it can get.

Coloplast Self-Cath Closed System KitThe Self-Cath Closed System Catheter Kit is a 100% silicone, latex-free, unisex catheter system. This self-contained intermittent catheter system for men and women allows for a touch-free catheterization experience. The pre-lubricated tip makes gliding the catheter into the urethra easy and helps reduce the risk of infection. The Self-Cath Unisex Closed System Catheter Kit also features an extension sleeve for convenience that reduces the frequency of transfers due to catheter changes. The EasyOff tear makes it easy to use, even for patients with limited dexterity.

The Self-Cath Unisex Closed System Catheter Kit includes:

  • 16-inch intermittent catheter in a 1,100 cc vinyl collection bag
  • One pair of ambidextrous gloves
  • One underpad
  • Povidone-iodine swabsticks
  • Instructions for use

The Self-Cath Unisex Closed System Catheter Kit is also offered as an Olive Tip Coude Closed System.

As you can see, the Coloplast Self-Cath family of catheters are designed with patient comfort, safety, and ease of use in mind. With the variety of Self-Cath catheters available for men, women, and children, there is sure to be an option for you.

If you need assistance choosing the intermittent catheter that your doctor has prescribed you, we have a team of experienced Catheter Product Experts that can help guide you in the right direction. Remember, self-catheterization should never be uncomfortable; and with any of these selections, you are sure to be in good hands.

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Bard: High-Quality Urological Supplies and Catheters

For over 100 years, Bard has developed and manufactured high-quality catheters and urological products. Bard products range from Foley catheters, hydrophilic catheters, irrigation trays, leg bags and straps, feeding tubes, and so much more. In 2017, Becton, Dickenson & Co. (BD) acquired Bard; however, Bard catheters and urological supplies are still sold and considered some of the highest quality products offered today.

What did Bard first become known for?

Bardia Silicone Two-Way Foley Catheter 5ccBard was the first company to sell the Foley catheter invented in the 1930s by Frederic Foley of St. Cloud, MN. This catheter style remains in the bladder for some time to ensure adequate drainage, usually post-operative or short-term. The Foley catheter can stay securely in the bladder with a balloon at the end that keeps the catheter from sliding out when inflated using sterile water. Urine then can drain from the bladder and into a leg bag or other type of collection bag that can be emptied and changed while the catheter remains in place.

What are other types of Bard catheters?

Bard Hydrophilic Catheters

Bard hydrophilic catheters have a smooth and slippery surface, making them low-friction and easier to use than uncoated intermittent catheters. One of Bard’s top-performing hydrophilic catheters is the Magic3. The three layers of silicone make this catheter just the right firmness while remaining flexible and smooth. The Bard Magic3 is available in male, female, and pediatric lengths and other convenient styles.

Bard Closed-System Catheters

Bard Touchless Female Red Rubber Catheter KitBard closed-system catheters are designed to be completely touch-free and remain a popular choice. These closed-system catheters are available with a variety of options. You can choose from straight or coude tips, vinyl or red rubber material, or hydrophilic closed-systems. Bard closed-system catheters come in male, female, and pediatric lengths. Using a Bard closed-system catheter can help reduce the risk of bacterial infection that could lead to urinary tract or bladder infections since they offer a touchless catheterization experience.

Bard Straight and Coude Tip Catheters

Bard straight and coude tip catheter offerings are uncoated and require the use of manual lubrication. If a straight tip catheter causes you discomfort, a Bard coude tip catheter might be an option. Coude tip catheters can help bypass urethral obstructions and reduce any trauma to the site.

One of the most popular Bard straight catheters is the Bard Red Rubber All-Purpose Straight Catheter. It features two opposing drainage outlets and is soft, flexible, and comfortable for those that do not have an allergy to natural rubber latex.

External Catheters

Natural Non-Adhesive Silicone Male External Catheter with Reusable StrapBard also offers external catheters for both men and women. External catheters essentially eliminate all urethral trauma and can significantly reduce or eliminate urinary infections associated with frequent catheterization. Since these types of catheters are less invasive, they can be a more comfortable option.

What urological supplies does Bard offer?

Bard also offers drainage supplies, catheter holders, and insertion supply trays. Having the right urological supplies can make a big difference in the entire catheterization experience. The Bardia Foley Catheter Insertion Tray is an example of a complete system that offers everything needed for safe and comfortable self-catheterization, except for the catheter. These insertion trays can help save time and money.

A catheter holder or securing device can help reduce any trauma to the urethra and bladder. Bard catheter holders can help reduce the possibility of the catheter dislodging and injuring the penis or labia.

Where to buy Bard urological supplies and catheters?

We at Personally Delivered offer a wide variety of Bard catheters and urological products for men, women, and children. It is critical to note that all catheters require a doctor’s prescription and are only sold and shipped upon receiving prescription verification. If you need assistance finding the Bard catheter suitable for your needs, our Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to help. We are here to make it easy for you!

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