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Pocket Catheters - A Brief Guide

Pocket catheters are a small and discreet kind of catheters. A standard catheter is a hollow tube made of synthetic material that is used to either deliver medication or liquids to the body or to remove waste or liquid from the body. Having a visible catheter on the outside can be embarrassing to some people and hence they are mostly hidden under the clothes. Changing a catheter in public can be a difficult situation for some people and having a catheter on you at all times is also something one doesn’t feel comfortable with. Pocket catheters are the solution to such situations. They are packed in small packets and can be carried around in the pocket as the name suggests. Pocket catheters are the same as standard catheters, with the added feature of be concealable. They are discreet enough to be carried around in a pocket, a purse, briefcase, backpack, or makeup bag. Some pocket catheters are so compact that they can be hidden within the palm of the hand.

Pocket Catheters - A Brief Guide

Types of Pocket Catheters

There are three different types of pocket catheters that are based on the way they are shaped and packed:

Curved Packaging Pocket Catheters - These pocket catheters catheters are flexible intermittent catheters that are curved and packed inside a discreet package. They are made from flexible yet tough material so that no kinks or bends are formed on the catheter. They are travel ready catheters that also come in lubricated options.

Compact Pocket Catheters - Available for both men and women, these pocket catheters catheters are packed in case that is compact like that of a lipstick or a mascara. They come in coude tip and curved tip options as well. Some compact pocket catheters come in shapes like that of a marker as well. A small curved or compact catheter is placed within this casing.

Pocket Closed System Catheters - These pocket catheters are set of intermittent catheters with an all in one collection system. These pocket catheter systems include an intermittent catheter with an introducer tip to reduce the chances of infection of the urinary tract. These systems also include collection bags that are small enough to be concealed under the clothes.

Choosing The Right Pocket Catheter

There are a number of options from which one can choose their desired pocket catheters. But how does a patient exactly decide one which pocket catheter is best for them. We have put together a list of the most popular pocket catheters that have different characteristics and features that help meet the requirements of almost all patients in need of catheters.

1. The Compactcath Intermittent Urinary Catheter

A small disc shaped casing makes this pocket catheter an amazing option for people who would like to carry it in their pockets. The Compactcath Intermittent Urinary Catheter can also easily fit into the upper shirt or tshirt pocket. They can be opened swiftly and do not kink or bend easily. The uncoiling of the catheter is easy and requires less use of the hands thus reducing the chances of infection.

Pocket Catheters - A Brief Guide
CompactCath Intermittent Urinary Catheter

Benefits of Compactcath Intermittent Urinary Catheter

  • Maximum Control
  • No-Touch Insertion
  • Pre-Lubricated
  • Flow Control Funneled
     

2. Hollister VaPro Plus Pocket Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

Another popular option from the range of no-touch pocket catheters, the Hollister VaPro Plus POcket Hydrphilic Intermittent Catheter is conceivable and can be easily used while travelling. It comes in a curved packaging that is sterile and is made to reduce the chances of infection. There is a protective sleeve around the pocket catheter that allows the user or patient to grip the catheter any where without worrying about contaminating the catheter or the tip. This pocket catheter has a straight tip and can also be used with an introducer tip.

Pocket Catheters - A Brief Guide
Hollister VaPro Plus Pocket Intermittent Catheter

Benefits of the Hollister VaPro Plus Pocket Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

  • Large finger hole with tear strip
  • Flexible and doesn’t kink
  • Has a protective tip
  • Ring cap keeps tip clean
  • Ready to use and pre-lubricated
     

3. Hollister Advance Plus Straight Pocket Touchless Intermittent Catheter

A full length pocket catheter, the Hollister Advance Plus Straight Touchless Intermittent Catheter doesn’t compromise on the length of the catheter, instead the packaging helps it become the perfect choice for a pocket catheter. It comes in a compact sterile packing that prevents the catheter from getting contaminated and also stops infections. It is easily conceivable and is the perfect partner for traveling.

Pocket Catheters - A Brief Guide
Hollister Straight Pocket Touchless Intermittent Catheter

Benefits of the Hollister Straight Pocket Touchless Intermittent Catheter

  • Discreet, convenient, and easy to use
  • Smooth eyelets allow easy insertion
  • Ring cap keeps the tip clean
  • Allows the user to control lubrication
     

4. Rusch Pocket Pac IC Closed System Intermittent Catheter Kit

A popular option among the pocket closed system catheter range, the Rusch Pocket Pac IC Closed System Intermittent Catheter Kit is made for people who prefer an all in one product that is both handy and discreet. It has an introducer tip that drastically reduces the chances of infections and contamination. The packaging is completely sterile and the catheter is coated with a non-allergen water soluble lubricant that allows for easy insertion.

Pocket Catheters - A Brief Guide
Rusch Pocket Intermittent Catheter Kit

Benefits of the Rusch Pocket Pac IC Closed System Intermittent Catheter Kit

  • The collection bag has a capacity of 1300ml
  • The corner flap is foldable
  • The catheter is deterrent to kinks and breaks
  • It is a fully enclosed and sterile system
  • Polished eyelets allow easy insertion
     

5. Cure Male Straight Tip Pocket Catheter

Cure Medical is one of the leading pocket catheter manufacturers in the world. With the Cure Male Straight Tip Pocket Catheter, they provide a catheter that is flexible and discreet but doesn’t compromise on the length and function. It is deterrent to bending or kinking and has the capability of self lubrication. They come in a sterile packaging that prevents infections. Their straight tip allows for easy insertion.

Pocket Catheters - A Brief Guide
Cure Male Straight Tip Pocket Catheter

Benefits of Cure Male Straight Tip Pocket Catheter

  • Polished eyelets increase ease of insertion
  • Large flaps on the outside make it easier to open
  • An additional water soluble lubricant allows easy insertion
  • Packaged in a sterile system to avoid infections and contamination
     

Choosing the right pocket catheter can be difficult if you are not sure about the features and specifications of the catheters. At HPFY, we make sure we deliver the right kind of information so that the customer makes an informed choice, allowing them to choose the right pocket catheter that helps them get through incontinence and other conditions that require a continuous use of pocket catheters.

 

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