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Intermittent catheters

Summary of evidence of hydrophilic coated catheters

Intermittent catheterisation (IC) is the ‘gold standard’ method for bladder emptying in patients with spinal cord lesions and neurogenic bladder dysfunction. More on hydrophilic coated catheters

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  1. Hedlund et al, 2001

In this summary you will find clinical edvidence with on:

  1. Clean Intermittent Self-Catheterisation
  2. Urinary Tract Infections
  3. Urethral Trauma
  4. User evaluations

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1. Clean Intermittent Self-Catheterisation:

  • Clean intermittent self-catheterization: a 12-year follow-up
  • Clean intermittent catheterisation from the acute period in spinal cord injury patients. 
  • Long-term evaluation of urethral and genital tolerance.
  • Effect of bladder management on urological complications in 10 spinal cord injured patients.

2. Urinary Tract Infections:

  • Hydrophilic versus non-coated catheters for intermittent catheterization. 
  • Complications of intermittent catheterization: their prevention and treatment. 
  • Intermittent catheterisation with hydrophilic-coated catheters (SpeediCath) reduces the risk of clinical urinary tract infection in spinal cord injured patients: a prospective randomised parallel comparative trial.
  • Standard versus hydrophilic catheterization in the adjuvant treatment of patients with superficial bladder cancer.
  • Intermittent catheterization with a hydrophilic-coated catheter delays the occurrence of urinary tract infection in patients with acute spinal cord injury: A prospective, randomized, parallel, multi-center trial.

3. Urethral Trauma:

  • Complications of intermittent catheterization: their prevention and treatment.
  • Urethral epithelial cells on the surface on hydrophilic catheters after intermittent catheterization: cross-over study with two catheters.
  • Coated catheters for intermittent catheterization: smooth or sticky? 
  • Hydrophilic-coated catheters for intermittent catheterisation reduce urethral micro trauma: a prospective, randomised, participant-blinded, crossover study of three different types of catheters.
  • Safety of a new compact male intermittent catheter: a randomised, cross-over, single blind study in healthy male volunteers.
  • Safety of a new compact catheter for men with neurogenic bladder dysfunction: a randomised, cross-over, open-labelled study.

4. User evaluations on:

  • Pain & discomfort
  • Ease of use


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EasiCath® A safe and easy to use intermittent catheter

Patients with neurogenic bladder dysfunction need a safe method that not only fully empties the bladder but also lowers the risk of urinary tract infections. EasiCath has been designed to meet that need. Learn more about Easicath



1 Cindolo L, Palmieri EA, Autorino R, Sazano L, Atieri V., Urol Int 2004; 73: 19-22

2 “Coated catheters for intermittent catherization: Smooth or sticky?”; Fader M, Moore KN, Cottenden AMPettersson L, Brooks R, Malone-Lee J. BJU Int 2001;88(4):373-377

3 EAU guideline on neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction (2012)

4 “Effect of bladder management on urological complications in spinal cord injured patients”;Weld K et al. J. Urol 2000:173;768-772

The benefits of EasiCath

  •  Minimises the risk of urinary tract infections compared to uncoated catheters1
  •  A single use, sterile intermittent catheter for good catheterisation hygiene
  •  Reduces the risk of urethral damage2
  • A hydrophilic coating for easy use


Clinical evidence proves the benefits of EasiCathas a preferred method of bladder emptying

  • EasiCath significantly decreases the number of urinarytract infections compared to uncoated catheters1, andhelps ensure no residual urine is left in the bladder
  • EasiCath has a smooth and uniform hydrophiliccoating that allows for easier catheter usage,thereby minimising the risk of urethral micro damagecompared to uncoated catheters and othertraditionally hydrophilic coated catheters2
  • Results in lower risk of urological complicationscompared to alternative bladder emptying methods3,4

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