Hydrophilic urinary catheters have been around for many years but are now making more of a splash in the United States. They are designed with a special coating bonded to the catheter that when activated with water becomes a lubricious surface. The most widely used intermittent catheters have been the gel lubricated type. However, since Medicare started reimbursing for single use catheters in 2008 hydrophilic-coated catheters have been more widely prescribed. Why? Studies have shown besides improving users' satisfaction when compared with non-hydrophilic-coated catheters they tended to decrease the incidence of UTI's as well as urethral trauma.
If you're a catheter user, which do you prefer and why?GO Medical provides the latest in hydrophlic catheters.
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