Urinary & Catheter Accessories and Urological Supplies
Catheter supplies and urinary accessories make the process of insertion and daily use easier and more comfortable. Sterile lubricants, sanitizing skin prep pads, and standard petroleum jelly prepare the skin, while insertion trays and irrigation kits, catheter tubing, leg straps and stabilization devices assist in insertion and ease the everyday challenges of living with a catheter. Allegromedical.com proudly offers a wide selection of catheter accessories from industry leading brand names like Coloplast, Bard, McKesson, Cardinal Health, Surgilube and more. Shop confidently with our Best Price Guarantee.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is catheterization?
Urinary catheterization is a process in which a hollow tube is inserted in the urethra. This is a flexible tube designed to collect urine from the bladder. It leads out to a drainage bag that captures the urine.
There are two different types of catheters available. The first is referred to as an “indwelling” or “Foley” catheter. Specialized Foley supplies are needed for this type of catheterization. Indwelling catheters are held in place by a water-filled balloon that prevents the catheter from sliding out of the bladder.
The other common type of catheter is the intermittent catheter. This requires a different set of urological supplies. That is because this type of catheter is designed to be inserted several times per day—long enough to drain urine before removal.
Does Medicare pay for catheter supplies?
In many cases, Medicare will pay for urinary catheter supplies. Medicare Part A will pay for catheters that are used in a hospital setting. Medicare Part B, may cover catheters that are used in outpatient settings.
In order for Medicare to cover the cost of catheter supplies, they must be considered medically necessary as part of care. Often, this means that for coverage to apply, catheters must be considered a prosthetic. Catheters may also be covered when administered by a home health care professional as part of home health benefits.
What are urological supplies?
Urological supplies can include a variety of things. Catheters are the most common supply, but you will also need other catheter accessories for urine collection, comfort and hygiene. Drainage bags are necessary to collect urine. These are available in a variety of types depending on the type of catheter needed.
Other types of catheterization supplies include leg bands, lubricants, sanitary supplies, and sheath-style catheters. Leg bands are designed to hold catheter tubes and drainage bags in place so that they can be worn more comfortably. Lubricating jelly is designed to make catheter insertion easier. Prep pads and swab sticks are available to ensure sanitation during catheter insertion and removal. There are also sheath-style catheters designed for men. These are made to be worn like a condom, eliminating the need to insert a catheter into the urethra.
What is a catheter insertion tray?
Among urinary supplies, catheterization trays are some of the most useful. This is because they typically include everything needed for catheterization. They come in a variety of types. Some are for intermittent catheters while others include Foley catheter supplies.
These trays also typically include a single-use tray to hold catheter accessories. A drainage bag should be included. Sanitizing wipes, swabs and gloves are usually part of the kit to ensure sanitation. Absorbent pads may be included to collect urine during catheter insertion or removal. Lubricants are provided to ease catheter insertion. Depending on the kit, there may also be syringes with sterile water, a sample container or other accessories.
How to make a catheter more comfortable?
Sanitation is part of making a catheter more comfortable. To prevent irritation or potentially painful infections, make sure to clean the insertion area at least twice daily. Wash hands before touching any catheter supplies. If gloves are provided, use them to prevent potential contamination. Hydration is also key. Some believe drinking less may make wearing a catheter easier, but the reverse is true. Proper hydration prevents irritation, and it also helps ensure the catheter line is free of residue or blockages.
Catheter accessories are another key part of comfort. Choose a drainage bag that is comfortable to use. It is worthwhile to shop for a leg band that fits well without limiting your range of motion or irritating your skin. Most importantly, use leg bands to strap the drainage bag so that the catheter line doesn’t tangle as you go about your day. Usually, strapping the bag high on the thigh is the most comfortable way to wear it.