Catheter lubricants are an essential medical supply for catheterization when it comes to safety, effectiveness, and, most importantly, comfort. Catheterization is a medical procedure involving inserting a catheter into the bladder to remove urine. This procedure can be necessary for individuals who have difficulty emptying their bladder or have an injury or illness affecting their ability to urinate.
Catheterization shouldn’t be uncomfortable. Catheter lubricants can help reduce friction and irritation during the insertion and removal of non-lubricated catheters, making the experience more comfortable. In this article, we will explore the top 5 water-based catheter lubricants that can help ensure maximum comfort during catheterization.
What are Water-Based Catheter Lubricants?
Water-based catheter lubricants are products made primarily from water and designed to provide a smooth and slippery surface to reduce friction during catheterization with a non-lubricated catheter. These lubricants create a barrier between the catheter and the urethral walls, allowing for more manageable and less painful insertion and removal. A water-based catheter lubricant is also less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions than other lubricants, making them popular for people with sensitive skin. They are easy to apply and water-soluble, so they wash off easily with water, making them a convenient and effective option for catheterization.
Now, let’s dive into the five water-based catheter lubricants we carry at Personally Delivered that can help make your catheterization experience more comfortable.
#1. Surgilube Lubricating Jelly
Surgilube catheter lubricants are water-based and available in three types of packaging – 4.25 oz. tubes with a flip-top cap, 4.25 oz. tubes with a screw-on cap, and 3-gram or 5-gram foil packets. This sterile, water-soluble, and bacteria-inhibiting catheter lubricant minimizes friction and eases discomfort for a smooth catheterization experience. Surgilube can be used in various settings such as at home, labor rooms, OB/GYN, urology, and proctology offices.
#2. HR Pharma Catheter Lubricants
HR Pharma catheter lubricants are water-based, sterile, greaseless, and water-soluble, making catheterization easier and less messy. This catheter lubricant is premium viscosity and available in two kinds of packaging, both that are easy to open with just one hand – 4 oz. tubes with a flip-top cap and 3-gram or 5-gram foil packets. Since HR Pharma lubricating jelly is mostly water, it mimics the body’s natural fluids, so it does not become sticky or clumpy, which means this catheter lubricant will not leave any residue behind.
#3. Cardinal Health Lubricating Jelly
Cardinal Health lubricating jelly is another sterile, water-soluble, greaseless, and CHG-free (Chlorhexidine Gluconate) option that eases discomfort during catheterization and other examinations requiring lubrication of products before insertion, such as rectal thermometers. This catheter lubricant is available in 4 oz. tubes or 3-gram packets for convenience.
#4. Dynarex DynaLube Catheter Lubricant
Dynarex DynaLube lubricant facilitates smooth insertion and removal of a catheter. This water-based catheter lubricant is available in a 4 oz. tube with a flip-top cap or in 2.7-gram foil packets. This lubricating jelly for catheters is sterile, water-soluble, and convenient for on-the-go use.
#5. McKesson Lubricating Jelly
McKesson lubricating jelly is a clear, water-soluble, greaseless catheter lubricant that healthcare professionals widely use to help increase patient comfort. This latex-free and fragrance-free lubricant is formulated to spread evenly on catheters and surgical equipment. McKesson lubricating jelly is available in 4 oz. tubes and 3 or 5-gram packets.
The Benefits of Using Catheter Lubricants
Catheter insertion and removal without high-quality catheter lubricant can be painful and potentially risky. Premium catheter lubricants provide a more comfortable catheterization experience when using non-lubricated catheters and help reduce the risk of trauma or urinary tract infections (UTIs). Using a medical-grade catheter lubricant like the ones we offer above at Personally Delivered can significantly decrease adverse outcomes and improve a patient’s life quality.