A catheter with insufficient hydration can cause friction and irritation

On average, catheter users catheterize 5 times a day – which adds up to 1825 times a year

That’s why it’s so important that every single insertion and withdrawal is as smooth as possible to reduce discomfort and protect the urethra.1 So, we set up laboratory friction tests to find out how smooth a selection of catheters from other manufacturers really are.****

The coating plays an important role in protecting the urethra1

But unfortunately, not all hydrophilic catheter coatings are the same. Some of the common pitfalls can be:

Dry spots

Some have dry spots where the coating doesn’t adhere to the catheter during insertion or withdrawal.

For illustrative purposes only. Performance and experience may vary.

Short dry-out time

Insufficient hydration may cause the coating to dry out over time and become rough or sticky.

Triple Action Coating Technology

To protect the mucosa from the risks of damage, complications,** and UTIs,*** it's important to have a coating that stays bonded, stays smooth and stays hydrated. Learn more by watching this video.

All SpeediCath catheters come with a unique hydrophilic coating, featuring our Triple Action Coating Technology. It consists of three strongly bonded elements, designed to protect the urethra in three ways: it stays bonded, stays smooth, and stays hydrated.

stays bonded

Stays bonded

SpeediCath’s unique hydrophilic coating stays bonded during insertion and withdrawal due to a proprietary base-coat that is covalently bonded to the catheter surface for an even coating without dry spots.

stays smooth

Stays smooth

SpeediCath’s unique hydrophilic coating stays smooth because the polymer top-coat enables excellent water absorption for low friction, smooth insertion and reduced discomfort compared to uncoated catheters.

stays hydrated

Stays hydrated

SpeediCath’s unique hydrophilic coating stays hydrated with a special water-based solution that swells the coating and makes it instantly ready to use.

1. Stensballe J, Looms D, Nielsen PN, et al. Hydrophilic-coated catheters for intermittent catheterisation reduce urethral micro trauma: a prospective, randomised, participant-blinded, crossover study of three different types of catheters. Sponsored by Coloplast. EurUrol 2005;48(6):978–83, n=49.

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** Urethral bleeding (hematuria) and strictures

*** compared to uncoated catheters

**** The variants that were tested were: VaProTM*Coudé, VaProTM* Plus Pocket, Infyna ChicTM*, and LoFricTM* SenseTM*.

TM* Third party brands are property of their respective owners

SpeediCath® catheters are prescribed for use by pediatric patients (neonates to age 21) and adults who require bladder drainage due to chronic urine retention or post void residual volume (PVR). Before use, carefully read all of the instructions. Call your doctor if you think you have a UTI or can't pass the catheter into the bladder. For more information regarding risks, potential complications and product support, call Coloplast Corp. at 1-866-226-6362 and/or consult the website at www.coloplast.us


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