A comparison of prelubricated hydrophilic and non-hydrophilic polyvinyl chloride catheters for urethral catheterization

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Abstract

Objective

To evaluate whether patients performing clean intermittent self-catheterization (CISC) for a short period preferred a prelubricated, hydrophilic, disposable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) catheter or a non-hydrophilic PVC catheter which could be used several times and that had to be lubricated by the patient.

Patients and methods

In a prospective cross-over study, 32 patients used each type of catheter for 3 weeks. After each 3-week period, the patients completed a questionnaire to assess comfort and preference, and urine specimens were obtained for culture.

Results

There was no significant difference between the groups in the frequency of CISC, discomfort when used, opinion on handling the catheters, preference toward one of the catheters, or of infection.

Conclusion

Non-hydrophilic PVC catheters may be used safely and with no discomfort to the patient. In addition it may be possible for the healthcare system to save money, as the non-hydrophilic PVC catheters are much cheaper.

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