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Straight Catheters

Straight Catheters

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Straight catheters are one of the most commonly used urinary catheter types. This type of urinary catheter is a type of intermittent catheter that is hollow, flexible and that consist of an insertion end that is placed inside the urethra and a non-insertion end that funnels urine into the collection bag or toilet for disposal. Straight catheters are generally single use, thus their nickname of “in and out catheter,” and disposed of immediately following bladder drainage. This type of catheter is regularly used by men, women, and children.

Image showing a man in the doctor's office discussing things with his doctor. Straight catheters should always be discussed with a physician or urologist prior to use.

When Are Straight Catheters Used?

Straight catheters are the most commonly used and prescribed urinary catheters; this is because they are easy to use quickly and work with most anatomies. Straight catheters are prescribed for long term and short term usage, generally for users who are not prone to easy infection, and can be called for with any of the following medical conditions:

  • Paraplegia
  • Bladder nerve issues
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Spina bifida
  • Mental function impairment
  • Dementia
  • Surgery
  • Certain medications
  • Enlarged prostates
Image of couple hugging and smiling outdoors. Using straight catheters usually allows for a normally active lifestyle.

Benefits of Using a Straight Catheter

When catheters are medically necessary, straight catheters will often do the trick, especially for those medical conditions listed above. Straight catheter are one of the most commonly prescribed catheter styles for both men  and women, but there are also certain specific advantages of using a straight catheter, such as:

  • No need to change direction of the catheter since it’s straight; this can allow for easier placement
  • Due to less hand manipulation needed, straight catheters are often considered safer due to less bacterial exposure
  • Straight catheters are fast and easy to insert on-the-go
These benefits make straight catheters a top choice of doctors, healthcare providers, and those who self cath. 

Disadvantages of Using a Straight Catheter

Straight catheters work well for a wide variety of patients who are able to self-cath, however, this type also has its disadvantages that are important for patients to be aware of. These disadvantages can include:

  • Are known to sometimes cause bladder infections
  • Can be uncomfortable if you have a blockage or urethral damage
  • Require lubrication

Using Straight Catheters

Inserting straight catheters is generally pretty easy once you have been properly trained and ensured you’re using the correct size and type; but it’s important that you are trained and informed on proper use of straight catheters by a knowledgeable healthcare person. Your physician or healthcare professional will help train you on using straight catheters and determine the best and easiest way for you to place them yourself so that they are safe, effective, and comfortable. Remember, it’s important that you always consult with your healthcare professional first when using a new medical device such as a straight catheter as complications can occur with improper use. 

Following proper training on insertion, please keep these tips in mind for optimal use of your straight catheters:

  • Always ensure the catheter is covered with a water-soluble lubricant. This will help ensure that insertion is comfortable, easy, and safe.
  • Never force the straight catheter in if you feel resistance. This can cause severe pain and damage to your urethra.
  • Ensure your cath site and your hands are clean and sanitary. Always wash your hands immediately before and after inserting your catheter. This best practice helps ensure a reduction of contamination and infection.
  • If the straight catheter ever feels uncomfortable once in place, contact your physician to discuss other catheter options. Comfort is important while using catheters daily.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your physician right away as these could be signs of infection or other issues:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Pain
  • Skin sores or lesions around the catheter
  • Bleeding around or inside the catheter
  • Recurring bladder spasms
  • Sediment inside the catheter bag
  • Urethral swelling
  • Strong smelling, thick, or cloudy urine
  • Too little urine output
  • Urine leakage around the site of the straight catheters
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Get the Straight Catheters You Need with Active Life Medical

Straight catheters are an essential medical product needed for your bladder and overall health. When you’re prescribed catheters, it’s essential that you get the right products quickly, easily, and covered by your insurance. The last thing you want to deal with is the hassle of going back and forth with your insurance company or simply not getting the catheters you need, when you need them. You want to deal with a professional medical provider that you can trust and who understands your unique needs; a provider who can help you navigate your insurance to get the right straight catheter supplies delivered conveniently and discreetly right to your doorstep. This is where providers like Active Life Medical come in and why more men and women are choosing us for their straight catheter needs.

You’re in good hands when you choose Active Life Medical. Our staff of highly trained and knowledgeable customer service representatives are here to help you get the straight catheters you need covered by your insurance. Our team will work to make the process of getting your catheters delivered to you quickly, affordably, and discreetly. We’ve got you covered from A-to-Z, including:

  • Coordinating with your doctors and healthcare providers to gather the necessary paperwork needed for your straight catheters
  • Finding the right catheter that meets your prescribed medical needs
  • Billing your straight catheter supply directly to your insurance and handling all of the paperwork
  • Expertly answering any questions you have pertaining to catheters or the insurance process
  • Delivering straight to your door quickly and discreetly

We have one of the largest straight catheter selections of any medical supplier and work with all of the top brands you know and trust, meaning you’ll only get quality catheters when you’re choose Active Life Medical. Plus, when prescribed by a medical professional and deemed medically necessary, straight catheters can be covered at no cost to you by Medicare, Medicaid, and most healthcare insurances nationwide.

Active Life Medical’s team of customer service experts are standing by to help get you the catheters you need at little to no cost to you. Let us help make the process easy, affordable, and convenient for you. Give us a call at 800-319-2336 today so we can help get the process started.

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