What is the Difference Between a Foley and Intermittent Catheter?

Catheters are medical tubes which are designed with rubber, vinyl, silicone or thin plastic for the purpose of removal or delivery of fluids to the body. The term, catheterization refers to the process of inserting catheter into the body. We have the Suction Catheters which includes trachea catheters, bronchial catheters, and oral catheters, as well as, the Urinary Catheters which includes Touchless catheters, Intermittent catheters, Foley catheters and External Catheters.

Foley Catheter

Mainly due to the fact that there are various types of Urinary Catheters, it becomes necessary to know the difference between some of them. This brings us to the difference between a Foley and intermittent catheter. The Foley Catheter is a catheter that is uniquely tipped and attached with a balloon device. This balloon device is mainly for the purpose of keeping the catheter in place while it is inserted within the patient’s bladder and is mostly used for longer periods.

There are various types of Foley Catheter but we shall discuss the Bardex I.C. Silver coated latex Foley catheter. This particular Foley catheter is designed with silver and hydrogel coating and several studies have proven it to be very effective in the reduction of cases of NUTI in patients that are being catheterized. The combination of the mentioned materials makes it easier for the catheter to be inserted within the patient’s urinary bladder without any discomfort.

Intermittent Catheter

Intermittent Catheters are a type of catheter that is used for immediate removal of urinary fluid. When they are inserted internally, into the patient’s body, they function by draining the urine from the urinary bladder into a drainage bag or a urine leg bag. When it comes to the intermittent catheters, we have various types including the Robinson catheter clear vinyl catheter. This type of intermittent catheter is stiffer than the other catheters, especially those that are made with latex. This makes it easier for the catheter to be inserted.

It would also interest you to know that in the process of the inserting the internal or intermittent catheters, catheter lubricants are used to reduce friction during insertion.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urinary_catheterization

http://biorelief.com/intermittent-catheters/

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