Urinary retention is one of the many urinary problems that occur in old men because of their prostate’s enlargement that hinders the flow of urine. To solve this difficult situation, a type of catheter is used to facilitate the proper urination process and to provide efficiency in terms of its usage and lesser traumatic means of inserting this curved tip catheter, most popularly known as Coude Catheter.
A Coude catheter is designed with a curved tip that makes it easier for urine to pass through the curvature of the prostatic urethra. Coude Catheters are generally used to solve urination problems of men who have enlarged prostates or those who suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is an increase of prostate’s size mostly felt by elder men. Coude catheters can also sometimes be used by women, even though coude tips are usually designed to aid in permeating a small opening.
Coude catheters are very beneficial for medical professionals and patients because of its much safer and painless insertion process. This catheter is a curved tip catheter primarily designed to prevent any damage to the urethra. Because of its much easy insertion process, Coude catheter is really good for patients with chronic medical conditions like trauma and those with damaged urethras.
Aside from learning Coude Catheter’s benefits, it is also important to know the things that should be properly done in the catheterization process since doing will be a very crucial thing so there’s no room for any mistake. First, you should have the correct materials that you need to properly conduct the insertion of the Coude Catheter. Things you need are the following: sterile catheter insertion kit, properly-sized Coude, catheter sterile gloves, Lubricating gel Disinfectant, solution (Betadine or Chlorhexadine), Cotton balls, and lastly is the urine collection system (if needed).
When all is set for the insertion of the Coude Catheter, you need to follow this proper catheterization process to fully accomplish your job:
- Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap.
- Sterilize the area of insertion.
- Carefully, insert the Coude catheter straightly (as much as possible) with tip facing upwards.
- Inflate the Coude catheter balloon with sterile saline solution when urine starts to flow.
- If the Coude catheter slides out, you have inserted the curved tip catheter wrongly. Start the process over again with a new Coude catheter.