The ideal bladder catheter – our goal

All of our catheter systems are designed for aseptic application and convenient handling

What does the ideal bladder catheter look like? Which features does the ideal urinary catheter need? There are a huge number of different single-use catheters on the market today to choose from.

There is not one ideal single-use catheter for all. Our goal is to offer you a full range of catheter systems with distinct innovative features, for example the flexible Ergothan tip, the rounded catheter eyes, the gel lubrication or the hydrophilic catheter coating.

Catheter tips: Begin with comfort

Teleflex bladder catheters are available with different tips:

Ergothan tip

Our Ergothan tip is flexible and is designed to adapt to the urethral anatomy. It is designed to adjust to movement and glides easily and gently into the bladder. The conical shape enables a gentle insertion with minimal pressure on the sensitive urethral mucosa.

Nelaton tip

For the anatomically normal urethra the straight cylindrical Nelaton tip can be used.

Tiemann tip

The curved Tiemann tip is designed to provide a greater degree of control during catheterisation of the male urethra.

Coatings or gel lubrication: For a smooth passage

Our range covers intermittent gel-based and hydrophilic catheter systems:

Hydrophilic coating

Our hydrophilic coating is based on PVP (polyvinyl pyrrolidone) which ensures a fast and consistent hydration and offers excellent lubrication properties.

Gel-based catheter systems

The water-soluble lubricant gel is integrated into the catheter system, so that the catheter is ready for use within seconds.

Catheter eyes: Designed to be gentle

The urinary catheters of our intermittent catheter systems have all one feature in common: their eyes (the drainage holes) are designed to be gentle to the sensitive urethral mucosa.

The Soft Cat Eyes of the SafetyCat Catheter are softly rounded – not only on the outside but also on the inside.

Catheter size

Make sure you have chosen the right diameter for your catheter. A catheter with a diameter that is too large can harm the urethra, and a catheter with a diameter that is too small will take too long for the urine to leave the bladder. It also increases the risk of injury. For adults, catheters of size 12–14 Charrière are usually the most appropriate. Your doctor will tell you which size you need.

Catheter sizes are called Charrière (or French scale sizes) after their French inventor, Joseph Charrière. For example: An 8 Charrière catheter has a diameter of 2.7 mm (3 Charrière = 1mm).

Each Charrière size has a special colour:

Catheter length

This information does not substitute the IFU provided with each product.
This information is intended as a guide only and is not substitute for a visit to the doctor or for medical treatment. Please always ask your doctor if you have medical problems. Teleflex cannot accept any liablity for the accuracy or completeness of this information.
For more information and advice regarding ISC, please contact your healthcare professional.

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