What is a hydrophilic catheter?

Hydrophilic catheters have a smooth, slippery surface which is designed to make intermittent self-catheterization, known as “cathing”, easier and help reduce the risk of infection. This is created by a hydrophilic substance on the catheter surface, which binds with water to the surface, resulting in a smooth and slippery catheter, helping to make insertion and removal easier. This type of catheter will include a sterile water or saline solution, which may be present in the package itself or in a separate packet. If the catheter has a packet, you must first release, or burst, the packet to activate the hydrophilic properties of the catheter.

Adjusting to cathing can be tough. You might find yourself dealing with a range of practical, physical and emotional challenges. You don’t have to figure it out alone. Call and talk to a member of the me+ support team today. Call 1-800-422-8811 (M-F, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM ET).


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