Intermittent catheters are also known as nelaton catheters. These are flexible hollow tubes that are easily inserted into the bladder and removed after drainage of urine is complete.
There are three main types of intermittent catheters on the market, all with varying advantages and disadvantages.
Non-coated: These are considered your standard intermittent catheter. These require some type of lubrication to be added prior to insertion.
These catheters are the most cost effective.
Pre-lubricated: These are similar to the standard nelaton catheter but are packaged with lubrication making it quick and easy to use.
Coated: Coated catheters have a hydrophilic coating this is activated by water, this forms a slippery layer designed to make catheterisation easier. The most commonly used hydrophilic catheters come already coated in water.
Catheter sets: Most pre-lubricated and coated catheters now come also with bags attached. These are called catheter sets, and are a fantastic option when you are out and about.