What is an Intermittent Catheter?

What is an Intermittent Catheter

Due to the wide variety of catheterization products available, as well as the myriad of conditions necessitating their use, determining which urinary catheters are right for you can be a complex process. While all urinary catheters can be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance, a patient’s condition determines which style they will be prescribed. Of all the available types of catheters, intermittent catheters are often the most commonly used. Patients who are faced with urinary incontinence or other medical necessities may find themselves asking: Just what is an intermittent catheter?

Intermittent catheters are intended for patients to self-insert through the urethra and into the bladder themselves, and used only at the moment a patient is ready to urinate. Medicare covers 200 intermittent, single use catheters each month. This allotment allows patients to relieve themselves multiple times throughout the day, while still allowing extra catheters should any difficulties with insertion arise. By using intermittent catheters, patients will experience increased comfort between urinary events and a decreased likelihood of urinary tract infections or other complications.

Choosing the right Intermittent Catheter

Difficulty with catheter insertion is one of the most common barriers to not only frequent catheterization, but also adherence to prescribed treatment plans set up by patient doctors. In light of this, Aeroflow Healthcare recommends that patients use a hydrophilic intermittent catheter when it comes to choosing the right intermittent catheter. Hydrophilic catheters are lubricated with sterile water rather than gel, more closely mimicking our body’s own natural fluids and allowing for easier clean up by the patient. This produces greater ease of catheter insertion, helping encourage patients to use their catheters as often as their prescription recommends, preserving their health and the integrity of their treatment.

Beyond the normal straight tip intermittent catheter, there are also Coude tip catheters, which have a slight curve or bend to the tip. Coude tip Catheters can help patients with prostate issues thread the catheter past the prostate or in the event of urethra narrowing or blockages. A diagnosed medical need to using a straight tip catheter must be demonstrated in order for Medicare to cover the Coude tip. Patients must work closely with their doctor in order to provide the correct documentation that this type of catheter is right for their specific needs.

How to get Intermittent Catheters

By adhering to the guidance of their medical professional, patients properly utilizing intermittent catheters can see a dramatic increase in quality of life. If you are suffering from urinary incontinence or other conditions that may require use of intermittent catheters, fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form or call toll free 844-276-5588 to see if Aeroflow Healthcare can help you get the catheters you need at little to no cost. You can learn more about Intermittent Catheters and the other styles of catheters on our Product Pages. With the assistance of Aeroflow and your diagnosing medical physician, we can help you make an informed decision about which intermittent catheter is right for you.

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