Why is catheterization needed?
Catheterization is needed for those who cannot empty the bladder on their own. Often called neurogenic bladder, there are many conditions/disease states where a catheter is needed:
 

  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Spina Bifida (SB)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
What products does TruCath™ offer?
What is the difference between the types of intermittent catheters that TruCath™ offers?
We offer a variety of straight, coude, hydrophilic, and closed system catheters in male, female, and pediatric lengths in the majority of French sizes.
 

Straight: Straight tip intermittent catheters are standard straight catheters. Also referred to as “uncoated” catheters, they require the application of lubricant to reduce friction and discomfort with insertion and removal. These catheters are typically the most affordable and are the ideal choice for those who do not have insurance or are under-insured.
 
Coude: A coude catheter is an intermittent catheter with a curved insertion tip that is designed to make it easier for use in males if there is difficulty navigating over the prostate curve.
 
Hydrophilic: Hydrophilic catheters are the best choice for individuals who experience discomfort during the self-catheterization process. TruCath™ hydrophilic catheters have a special coating that is water-activated, acting like a lubricant sticking to the surface. When this special coating is activated, it creates an ultra-slippery surface allowing for overall easier insertion and removal that is virtually painless. The touch-free sleeve helps to minimize cross-contamination and is used to guide the catheter during insertion and removal.
 
Closed System: A closed system catheter is a touch-free, all-in-one catheter system that includes a pre-lubricated catheter with an attached collection bag. The introducer tip shields the catheter from bacteria in the beginning of the urethra where most bacteria is concentrated and can help prevent urinary tract infections.

What do the different catheter lengths mean?
TruCath™ Intermittent Catheters come in a variety of lengths to better fit the needs of each individual patient. Pediatric catheters are 10 inches in length, female catheters are 6 to 7.5 inches, and male catheters are 16 inches in length.
Are TruCath™ intermittent catheters latex-free?
Yes. TruCath™ products are not made with natural rubber latex. For more information, please see our Symbols Glossary.
Are TruCath™ intermittent catheters DEHP-Free?
Yes. TruCath™ products are not made with DEHP, di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate. For more information, please see our Symbols Glossary.
What are catheter eyelets?
The eyelets, or opening of a urinary catheter is where the fluid enters the catheter and is critical to proper drainage.
 
The smooth polished eyelets in TruCath™ catheters are smooth to the touch and slightly recessed for comfort during catheterization. This is especially important for removal when there is less lubricant on the catheter. Their size and offset positioning along the catheter tip allow for above-average flow rate that helps to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Can TruCath™ intermittent catheters be reused?
No, it is not recommended to reuse catheters. The process of washing and reusing catheters can increase the risk of UTIs. Because of this, it is more beneficial to use sterile, one-time-use catheters, like TruCath™ intermittent catheters, to prevent bacterial contamination.
How do I become an Authorized Distributor of TruCath™ products?
If you would like to partner with us and become an authorized distributor, please contact us.
How do I purchase TruCath™ intermittent catheters?
TruCath™ products are available through our network of national, regional and independent distributors. If you need assistance gaining access to TruCath™ products, please contact us.
Where can I find the Instructions for Use?
Instructions for use can be found here.

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