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How To Apply A Male External Catheter

Posted by on January 13, 2014 under Resources | Be the First to Comment

smiling man in wheelchairA male external catheter – also known as a condom catheter or texas catheter – is a simple, widely used product for managing incontinence. Unlike the internal catheters often used during hospital stays, external catheters for male incontinence do not enter the urethra. These carefully-designed latex and latex-free devices are applied over the penis like a condom, and urine drains through tubing into a collecting bag. They can be worn discreetly under clothing, and may be used throughout the day or only at night, if preferred.

Not all male external catheters are the same, and you may need to try several different types before deciding which style best meets your needs. They come in different materials and sizes, and with different features – such as with and without adhesive.

Male External Catheter Application

For the best experience, it is important to have the right size and fit.  It’s also very important to prepare the skin and apply the condom catheter correctly. The following information will help you wear the device more comfortably and help you get the most wear time from each catheter.

Here are the five steps for male external catheter application:

  1. Prepare Skin.  Wash your penis and blot dry.  Skin must be clean and dry before application, free from oils and moisturizers.  A skin protectant spray or skin protectant wipe is optional, and may be used for added protection and comfort. If a skin protectant is used, allow it to fully dry until it is slick and smooth.  If necessary, trim any pubic hair that might get caught as the condom catheter is rolled to the base of the penis.
  2. Select a Size.  Make sure you are using the correct size by measuring both circumference and length.  All manufacturers of male external catheters have a measuring guide to help you select the appropriate size.  With Hollister’s condom catheter sizing guide, place the notch area just behind the glans and select the size that most closely fits. If you measure between two sizes, choose the larger of the two.  For best results, ask your primary care physician to recommend a nurse specialist with experience in sizing and teaching men to use condom catheters.
  3. Leave a Gap.  Use your non-dominant hand to grasp the penis at a 90-degree angle along the shaft, and with your dominant hand place the rolled condom sheath over the tip of the penis. Be sure to leave a small gap (at least 1/2 inch) at the end of the condom catheter to allow for free flow of urine.  The end of the condom catheter should not touch the tip of the penis.
  4. Apply the Catheter. Unroll the sheath slowly and smoothly, pressing the condom against your skin as you roll.  When the condom is completely unrolled, gently squeeze the catheter around the penis shaft for ten to fifteen seconds to eliminate air bubbles and ensure adhesion.  If there are many wrinkles in the sheath, the condom catheter may be too large.  In some instances, the condom catheter may not fully unroll, leaving a roll of the condom at the base of the penis.  To prevent pressure sores and to keep the catheter on securely, you should carefully snip the unused roll in several places, or remove it completely.
  5. Connect the Bag.  Connect the catheter to the urine collection system, such as a leg bag.  Insert the plastic connector of the drainage tubing into the full length of the catheter tip. Make sure the condom catheter is not twisted while connecting the tubing. There should be a small pocket of air in the urine bag to prevent a vacuum from forming, which can cause backflow and leakage.  When used during the day, empty the leg bag on a regular basis, when it is approximately two-thirds full.  Smaller bags may be used during the day, for comfort and mobility, while a large capacity bag may be preferred overnight.

Male External Catheter Removal:

Condom catheters should be changed daily, and should not be worn for more than 24 hours.  After each removal, inspect skin thoroughly to ensure skin integrity.  To reduce the risk of skin irritation, allow skin to breathe for short periods between condom catheter changes.

To remove, detach the catheter from the urine collection system and carefully roll the catheter off.  If needed, use warm water or adhesive remover to aid in the removal process.  Wash skin thoroughly with warm water and soap.  Dry skin thoroughly, inspect skin for irritation, then re-apply a new catheter when ready.

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How to Apply a Male External Catheter

Posted by on August 15, 2012 under Very Urological | Be the First to Comment

Mentor-Coloplast Clear Advantage External Catheter

Prepare Skin: The skin should be dry and clean, as well as free from lotion or moisturizers.  Trim the area of pubic hair and use a protectant wipe to clean the area if necessary.

Catheter Size: Use a sizing guide to measure the circumference and length to determine the correct size of the external catheter needed.  Four common circumference sizes are available in standard length condom catheters, sport length condom catheters, and long length catheters.

Apply Catheter: Place the catheter on the head of the penis, keeping 1/4″ – 3/4″ gap between the penis and outlet tube.  Hold the catheter in place with one hand, while gently unrolling the catheter towards the base of the penis.  Gently squeeze the catheter around the shaft of the penis for a few seconds to ensure adhesion.  Additional adhesive maybe necessary.

 Leg Bag or Urine Drainage Bag: Connect the catheter to the urine collection system by inserting the plastic connector of the tubing into the full length of the catheter tip.

Removal:  External male catheters should be changed daily, including a thorough skin inspection to ensure skin integrity.  To remove, detach the catheter from the urine collection system.  Carefully roll the catheter off.  If needed, use warm water or adhesive remover to aid in the removal process.  Wash skin thoroughly with warm water and soap.  Dry skin thoroughly, inspect and then re-apply new catheter.

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Posted by on July 25, 2012 under Resources | Be the First to Comment

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Incontinence: pads, underpads, diapers and briefs are just some of the numerous incontinence products we sell. From Depend to Tranquility, you are guaranteed to find a product that works for you.

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Where To Buy Coloplast Freedom Clear Male External Catheters | TotalHomeCareSupplies.com

Posted by on June 14, 2012 under Very Urological | Be the First to Comment

TotalHomeCareSupplies.com is your source for Coloplast Freedom Clear Male External Catheters at a very affordable price!  Customers and caregivers, alike have fallen in love with our discounted prices and large selection of male external catheters, delivered fast and discreet!

Coloplast Freedom Clear Male External Catheter is especially designed for a clear view of the skin and a one piece, self-adhering sheath style for a secure fit.  This latex-free male external cathether offers breathability with an ultra thin silicone material. Freedom Clear Male External Catheter is designed with a kink-resistant nozzle to eliminate tubing disconnects. 

Coloplast Freedom Clear Male External Catheter


  NR 5100 Size Small 23MM  $1.76 each

  NR 5200 Size Medium  28MM  $1.76 each

  NR 5400 Size Large 35MM  $1.76 each


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Choosing A Male External Catheter

Posted by on April 6, 2012 under Very Urological | Be the First to Comment

It’s a common practice among new male external catheter users to try several styles before getting comfortable and settling into a preferred brand.

At TotalHomeCareSupplies.com, we make it easy and affordable for people to try several styles to find the best option. Male external catheters are priced just under $2 each.

Popular male external cathether manufacturers include Coloplast Mentor, Hollister, Kendall and Teleflex Rusch.

Most popular male external catheter brands include:

  • Clear Advantage | This clear, silicone one piece male external catheter is designed for maximum wear time and easy visual inspection of the skin. Hypoallergenic and latex free.
  • Freedom Clear | Clear material allows for easy inspection of the skin and self-adhering feature.  A comfortable choice offering the highest level of breathability for the skin. Latex free. Also available in long seal (LS) for a longer length adhesive seal on a thin sheath with kink-resistant nozzle.
  • Gizmo | Interesting name, great product. This soft, natural latex catheter has a single side adhesive strip, to avoid adhesive touching the skin. Twistproof with a reinforced funnel end.

Along with male external catheters, tubing and drainage bags are essential. TotalHomeCareSupplies.com is a one stop shop for all your urological accessories, all at economical prices and the convenience of online ordering, 24/7.