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Male Catheter Insertion

Urinary catheterization is a procedure used to collect a sterile urine sample or to remove urine from the bladder. While certain types of male urinary catheters are best inserted by medical practitioners, some types of male catheter insertion can be self-performed by the user in a safe and sterile environment. The directions below may serve as a guide for catheterization, but we recommend the male catheter insertion process at least be demonstrated by your healthcare provider before attempting the process on your own. Please keep in mind that there are different types of male catheters, and male catheter insertion requires different techniques, of course, than those associated with female catheterization.

When attempting self-insertion of a urinary catheter, it is important to ensure that the sterility of all tools and work areas is maintained at all times. The urethra and bladder are naturally sterile areas, but if the genitals have not been properly cleansed or a contaminated catheter is inserted, this can introduce bacteria-causing infection.

To begin the male urinary catheterization process, with the foreskin of the penis retracted, cleanse the prepuce. Anesthetic gel should be inserted into the glans penis (dilating the prepuce so that the meatus is exposed) and the urethra. At this point, use several aseptic swabs to cleanse the meatus.

Lubricate the catheter (about eight inches) and insert it into the penis, straightening the urethra by grasping it, pulling it into an upward (somewhat backward) position. Do not force the catheter; use a continuous, smooth motion. Advance the catheter until the urine begins to flow, and then collect the specimen or drain the bladder.

If you are inserting a male indwelling or Foley catheter, advance it about two more inches to ensure that the balloon is in the appropriate position. Inflate the balloon with sterile water to hold it in place, and then connect it to the drainage system. Attach it to the patient's outer thigh, slightly curving the catheter as you do so, using hypoallergenic adhesive.

There are many different types of male catheters, including reusable or disposable catheters, and external and internal (inserted) catheters. Internal catheters may be intermittent, also referred to as "in and out," or they may be retained in the bladder for urine drainage on a continual basis, also known as "indwelling" or Foley catheters. If you have any questions about male catheter insertion, or to make sure you purchase the correct type of catheter for your needs, please contact Liberator Medical.

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