FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the best catheter lubricant?
There are several types of lubricant jelly that are ideal for use with catheters. Surgilube, Cardinal Health Lubricating Jelly, McKesson Sterile Lubricating Jelly, are all excellent choices. You may also consider Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. All of these surgical-grade catheters will reduce friction upon insertion of the equipment into the urethra, which can be quite uncomfortable for some patients. Using an adequate amount of medical-grade lubricant can help make the process of inserting the catheter simpler and less painful for the patient. Traditional lubricants, like KY Jelly, for example, are not recommended for medical procedures such as catheter insertion. They may collect at the tip of the penis and cause a buildup. Instead, it is best to stick with medical-grade lubricants like the ones mentioned above.
How do I lubricate a catheter?
Before you begin lubricating the catheter with your lubricant jelly, gather all the supplies needed and place them in front of you. Verify that all products are in tamper-proof packaging and have not passed the expiration date. To effectively lubricate a catheter, be sure to wash your hands and genitals with warm, soapy water first. Next, sterilize your hands, your genitals, and the catheter. Once everything is fully sterilized, you may begin lubricating the catheter with one of the medical-grade catheters listed above. Apply lubricant to the first two to four inches of the catheter tip and slowly begin insertion into the urethra. If there is friction or pain, gently pull back, add more lubricant and try again.
Does catheter lubricant prevent infection?
The lubricant itself is not designed to prevent infection. However, properly lubricating your catheter can help make it simpler to insert correctly on the first try. Multiple attempts can increase your risk of infection. To prevent infection of the catheter, be sure to use the appropriate products to sterilize the skin and the catheter pieces before you begin the procedure. Surgical lube alone is not intended for cleaning, sterilizing, or preventing infection. Always properly disinfect the areas to be treated before beginning any medical procedure.
How do I keep a catheter lubricated once inserted in penis?
The catheter needs to be sterilized and lubricated with surgical lube prior to insertion in the urethra. Once it has been inserted, there is no need to keep it lubricated. You should not remove it to lubricate it as removing and replacing it can cause infection and may also irritate the urethra. Only lubricate again if you need to remove the catheter completely. In that case, you should take a new catheter, sterilize it and the area of insertion again, lubricate it and begin gently inserting it into the urethra. Do not reuse a catheter that has already been used.
Is a lubricant used when inserting a catheter?
A surgical lubricant like Reliamed Lubricating Jelly is required to lubricate a catheter prior to insertion into the urethra. The lubricant can help reduce friction and minimize pain and discomfort during the insertion process. It is important to use a surgical lubricant specifically designed for this purpose to ensure the catheter glides in smoothly. Do not use KY Jelly or other lubricants not intended for medical instruments. Using the correct medical-grade lubricant will make the process of inserting a catheter simpler and easier for most patients.
Does scented catheter lubricant increase the chance of infection?
Added scents and perfumes are not recommended for medical-grade lubricants. They can cause irritation and possibly increase your risk of infection. When shopping for a surgical lube or sterile lube, check the ingredients to verify that it is free of fragrance, salt, alcohol, and chlorhexidine. These ingredients may cause contact dermatitis and can also contribute to discomfort. Given the sensitivity of the procedure, it is recommended to use only medical-grade surgical lubricants intended for use with medical equipment such as catheters.
Does Surgilube expire?
Like most medical supplies, Surgilube has an expiration date on the package. This product is intended to be sterile. Beyond this date, there is no guarantee the active ingredients are still working properly. The lubricant may still have the same viscosity but the effectiveness of the sterility of the product may be compromised. To avoid infection, always verify the expiration date prior to use. If the product has expired, toss and replace it with a new one.
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