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Who are Straight Tips for?

Straight urinary catheters are designed for patients who have chronic bladder problems and are able to perform the catheterization themselves. Additionally, they are generally used for a quick “in-n-out” and are to be used only one time.  They are also used to obtain a sample specimen of urine for hospital or laboratory analysis.  And, unlike the Foley-style, they do not have a round balloon at the end to secure it in place. Straight tips are available in straight and curved packaging, designed for males, females and even pediatric usage and come in a variety of sizes.

What is a Coude Tip used for?

A coude catheter, or sometimes called a coude tip, is a urinary catheter with a slightly curved tip that designed for easy insertion.  Coude tip are typically prescribed if a patient has an enlarged prostate and the tip is curved to get past that tight spot with ease.

More commonly used in men, they can be used in women when they develop obstructions that require the use of one with a curved design.  In addition to being used by doctors and nurses, coude tips can be used at home by patients who may need to self catheterize for a variety of reasons.

Coude catheters come in different types as well.  These include a tapered tip, olive tip, or Tiemann tip. The design was created around 1800 by Dr. Emile Coude and was initially named a “biCoude”, as it had two bends.

These types are usually stocked in hospitals and medical clinics and patients who need them can order them conveniently through various medical supply companies, like Comfort Medical, or obtain them directly from their doctors.

What is an Intermittent Catheter used for?

A urinary catheter is a medical device designed to conveniently empty the bladder when a patient is unable to do so themselves.  They are used to manage bladder drainage in cases of urinary retention, bladder obstruction, and neurological disorders that cause paralysis or loss of sensation.

With intermittent probes, patients insert and remove it several times a day, eliminating the need to wear a continuously draining one.  Leaving urine in your bladder for a long time can lead to a distended bladder or a urinary tract infection (UTI). Intermittent catheterization may help reduce these potential problems, giving you more freedom for a better quality of life.

And, because you can remove it when your bladder is emptied, it allows you to live a more comfortable, active lifestyle.  These types may also improve urinary incontinence in some patients.

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