Our team has been successful in building the best solution to meet all of your needs when ordering your catheters and related products. From personalized care to the best catheter products, our commitment to being the best will never change.
How does our approach benefit you?
You can be assured that you will always be treated with the respect you deserve. You will have a Patient Care Specialist assigned to you who will work hard to ensure that you are well taken care of. Personalized attention is what sets us apart. No gimmicks, and no trying to push you to take a particular brand of catheter. We offer every brand, size and type of urinary catheter from every manufacturer, and that gives you more convenience, choice and control™.
With us you get good 'ol fashion hard work and dedication to having the best reputation in our industry of treating people with the respect they deserve and keeping them well informed.
We are The Catheter Connection™
Let our staff convey to you their level of commitment to providing the Patients we serve across the country unmatched personalized service.
What we do for Patients who use urinary catheters beyond providing unmatched personalized attention.
- As a Medicare accredited company, we handle all of the insurance and billing issues.
- We stay in constant contact with you and your physician to ensure that we are doing all we can to serve you better.
- Provide catheter samples.
- Keep you informed of the constant changes with Medicare related issues that have an effect on you.
- We offer every brand, size and type of catheter from every manufacturer. However, we are not brand specific, and that gives you more convenience, choice and control™.
What are Urinary Catheters?
Urinary Catheters are small rubber or plastic tubes that can be inserted through the urethra into the bladder. Urinary catheters are a sure-fire way to empty the bladder. Both men and women can use catheters. Paruretics who use catheters perform what is known as clean-intermittent-catheterization (CIC). That means the urinary catheters are inserted as needed, on an intermittent basis.
The use of urinary catheters to empty the bladder is easy, quick, discreet, and should not be painful. There is some risk of infection, especially in women, but your physician can appropriately deal with this risk.
UrinaryCatheters are easily carried in a woman's purse, a man's pants pocket, or carry-on luggage. They are easily stored in desk drawers and automobile glove compartments or consoles. Many users place them within a zip-lock bag, along with a packet of K-Y Jelly and a disposable hand wipe.
Most urinary catheters must be lubricated with K-Y jelly before insertion. NEVER use Vaseline or any lubricant other than K-Y Jelly or an equivalent. There are urinary catheters that do not need lubrication. The decision about which type to use is always a matter of personal choice. Urinary catheters are available in a number of different styles, sizes, and materials.
Anyone who decides to try them will need to do some experimenting to find which kind works best. It is a very individual choice. Common materials for urinary catheters are rubber, silicone, PVC plastic, or Teflon. You may find one material to be more comfortable than another. Persons with latex allergy need to avoid rubber urinary catheters.
The inserted end of urinary catheters is manufactured with different shapes. Some urinary catheters have a slight bend near the tip. These are called Coude urinary catheters. Many men prefer the Coude shape, but one must be careful to keep the proper orientation of the urinary catheter tip while inserting it.
While it is possible to obtain urinary catheters and learn to use urinary catheters without medical supervision, there are serious risks involved without proper training and instruction in their use. IPA strongly advises everyone to get a physician's approval and instruction in urinary catheter use before trying them. Once you’ve been trained, you can safely and confidently use a catheter if it’s needed to drain your bladder in an emergency situation, or for providing a urine sample during a drug test.
We recommend that people who use catheters obtain a note of authorization from their physician, and keep this note with them at all times.
There are also external urinary catheters available that don't need to be inserted into the urethra. They require that you can control the urinary muscles in order to drain your bladder. They have a rubber sleeve that fits over the penis, a collection bag, and a system of valves and drain tubing to connect up to the bag. There is a product for women available from the same company. They can be worn discreetly and a number of people have reported they can be useful. For those who can use these devices, they may be very helpful. If considering this option, remember that security personnel might give you a pat-down search for hidden objects and you may need to explain about the external urinary catheter. This will be very likely if there are any metal parts in the catheter or collection bag.