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  1. WIDE BAND Condom Catheter by Rochester Medical
    Great Product, Requires proper fit/application.
    This is a great external male catheter. Proper sizing is required. Since the adhesive is along the entire length, the only complaint is that pubic hair gets trapped. One time
    (Review by Amm)
  2. Freedom Clear LS External Condom Catheter
    OVERALL THE CATH'S WORK AS ADVERTISED BUT CORRECT SIZE IS VERY IMPORTANT.
    THIS IS MY FIRST EXPIERENCE USING EXTERNAL CATHETER'S. THEY WORK WELL AND PERFORM AS ADVERTISED FOR ME. FOR ALL DAY COMFORT THE FREEDOM CLEAR HAS PROVED TO BE A GOOD
    (Review by BUD)
  3. Male Urinal Kit
    Grab the best Male Urinal Kit – A Review.
    You can check out for the components included in the Urocare Male Urinal Kit but I can always mention the benefits. In most of the urinal kit I have checked
    (Review by David)
  4. UltraFlex External Condom Catheter by Rochester Medical
    Best condom cath on market.
    I ordered this for my disabled son. It is the only one that consistently doesn't leak during an 8 hour stretch, is easy to apply and he has no discomfort.
    (Review by AnLi)
 

Condom Catheters - External Catheters & More!

External Catheters

Manufacturer
  1. Coloplast (1)
  2. Conveen (1)
  3. Hollister (3)
  1. Kendall (2)
  2. Mentor (7)
  3. Posey (1)
  1. Rochester Medical (5)
  2. Rusch (3)
  3. Urocare (7)

    External Condom Catheters are used by men to as an alternative to an indwelling catheter. Condom Catheters afix over the penis and directs urine in to a collection device. External Catheters can be less invasive than indwelling catheters and are available in a few variations but are all based off the design of a standard condom catheter. The most common external catheters feature a flexible and soft sheath which may have an adhesive. If an adhesive is not already present on the External Condom Catheter, a tincture of Benzoin can be used to ensure the condom catheter stays in place. We carry external condom catheters from major manufacturers like Mentor, Rusch, Kendall, Hollister and Conveen.

    External Catheter Information: Indications -- Contraindications -- External Condom Catheter Sizing -- Application -- Removal -- Complications -- Troubleshooting

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    1. UltraFlex External Condom Catheter by Rochester Medical

      UltraFlex External Condom Catheter by Rochester Medical
      $1.19
      Rochester Medical

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    2. Gizmo Male External Condom Catheter

      Gizmo Male External Condom Catheter
      $0.85
      Mentor

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    3. Freedom Cath External Condom Catheter

      Freedom Cath External Condom Catheter
      $1.54
      Mentor

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    4. WIDE BAND Condom Catheter by Rochester Medical

      WIDE BAND Condom Catheter by Rochester Medical
      $1.57
      Rochester Medical

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    5. Freedom Clear LS External Condom Catheter

      Freedom Clear LS External Condom Catheter
      $1.49
      Mentor

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    6. Uri Drain External Texas Catheter

      Uri Drain External Texas Catheter
      $0.82
      Covidien

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    7. Freedom Clear External Condom Catheter

      Freedom Clear External Condom Catheter
      $1.46
      Mentor

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    8. Clear Advantage External Condom Catheter with Aloe

      Clear Advantage External Condom Catheter with Aloe
      $1.83
      Mentor

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    9. Rochester Pop On External Condom Catheter

      Rochester Pop On External Condom Catheter
      $1.36
      Rochester Medical

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    10. Rusch Texas Style Condom Catheter E7000

      Rusch Texas Condom Catheter
      $0.77
      Rusch

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    11. Rusch Golden Drain Catheter A1000

      Rusch Golden Drain Catheter
      $0.91
      Rusch

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    12. Conveen Optima External Catheter

      Conveen Optima External Catheter
      $1.84
      Coloplast

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    13. Hollister Everyday Male External Catheter

      Hollister Everyday Male External Catheter
      $1.43
      Hollister

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    14. Active Cath External Condom Catheter

      Active Cath External Condom Catheter
      $1.69
      Mentor

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    15. Hollister Extended Wear Male External Catheter

      Hollister Extended Wear Male External Catheter
      $2.12
      Hollister

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    16. Freedom Clear SS External Condom Catheter

      Freedom Clear SS External Condom Catheter
      $1.46
      Mentor

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    17. Urocare UroFoam Adhesive Foam Strips

      Urocare UroFoam Adhesive Foam Strips
      $13.51
      Urocare

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    18. Texas Catheter

      Texas Catheter
      $9.09
      Covidien

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    19. Incontinent Sheath Holder for External Catheters by Posey

      External Condom Catheter Sheath Holder by Posey
      $1.15
      Posey

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    20. Urocare External Catheter Velcro® Strap

      Urocare External Catheter Velcro® Strap
      $2.74
      Urocare

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    21. Natural Catheter by Rochester Medical

      Natural External Catheter by Rochester Medical
      $27.61
      Rochester Medical

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    22. Urocare Uro Con Male External Catheter

      Urocare Uro Con Male External Catheter
      $0.97
      Urocare

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    23. Spirit Style 3 Hydrocolloid Sheath Male External Catheter

      Spirit Style 3 Hydrocolloid Sheath Male External Catheter
      $1.80
      Rochester Medical

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    24. Urocare Male Urinal Kit

      Male Urinal Kit
      $58.83
      Urocare

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    25. Urocare Male Urinal Sheath Only

      Urocare Male Urinal Sheath Only
      $28.06
      Urocare

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    26. Urocare Uro Con External Catheter with Urofoam

      Uro Con External Catheter with Urofoam
      $1.05
      Urocare

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    27. Condom Catheter with Foam Strip - Latex

      Condom Catheter with Foam Strip - Latex
      $98.84
      Rusch

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    28. Hollister Incare Inview Special Male External Catheter

      Hollister Incare Inview Special Male External Catheter
      $2.06
      Hollister

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    Indications

    External Condom Catheters aid in wetness prevention from both chronic and temporary urinary incontinence in men. Specific indications for condom catheter use include the following conditions:

  1. Reflexive voiding fom spinal cord injuries
  2. Damage to sphincter from prostatectomy
  3. Limited access to toilet from dementia, impaired vision, or decreased mobility
  4. Safety concerns with unsupervised or unassisted toilet use
  5. Unmanageable urinary frequency or urgency
  6. Contraindications

    The contraindications for External Catheter use are few, but do exist and should taken in to consideration when deciding whether condom catheter use is appropriate.  

    • Allergies to latex or adhesives. There are condom catheters available which are made without latex and without adhesive.
    • Issues with the glans penis and/or the penile shaft, such as:
      • Open lesions
      • Ulcers
      • Other skin irritation
    • Catheter induced hypospadias
    • Phimosis and paraphimosis

    External Condom Catheter Sizing

    In order to determine the appropriate condom catheter size, we have made an external catheter sizing guide available here.
    Print the guide and cut out the colored notches. Place the notch behind the glans penis and select the size which offers the closest fit.

    Alternatively, you can determine the diameter of the penis by measuring the circumference (c) of the penis in millimeters with measuring tape and apply this formula:
    circumference times 7 and divided by 22. (Cx7)/22.

    Application

    Proper application of an external catheter is crucial to ensure successful use.

    • Make sure any residual adhesive or creams have been completely removed
    • Wash the penis thoroughly with soap and water and dry completely.
    • If indicated, apply a skin protectant and wait until it has fully dried before applying the external condom catheter.
    • During the application of the external catheter, leave the foreskin down and in its natural position.

    Catheter Application Suggestions

    • Try to avoid moisture barrier creams or any other ointments that may disrupt the adhesive included with some catheters.
    • In order to avoid skin irritation it is not recommended to shave pupic hair. It would be advisable to trim long pubic hair and/or use a hair guard. If you do not have a hair guard, a paper towel with a hole cut in the middle can be used during catheter application and removed once it is in place.
    • Do not use adhesive tape for external catheter fixation, they are not designed for that and can cause complications like penis restriction, difficulty win complete voiding, inflexibility of the catheter, trauma to the penis.
    • Continually monitor for penis constriction and for any kinks that may occur in the condom catheter collection tube.

    Removal

    Wear times can vary based on the type of external catheter being used and patients skin sensitivity. Common wear times are between 12 and 72 hours and should be re-evaluated periodically.

    • Unless otherwise indicated by the manufacturer, remove the catheter daily for cleaning and skin inspection.
    • Removal of the external condom catheter is easily done by soaking with a warm washcloth for 30 seconds.

    Complications

    Many problems with external condom catheters commonly are attributed to equipment malfunctions and user error. Many problems can be avoided with proper hygiene and knowledge of external catheter application.

    • Allergic reaction
    • Edema
    • Skin tears
    • Penile erythema, dermatitis, prurtis, maceration
    • Inflammation of the glas penis
    • Ischemic tissue injury
    • Bacteriuria and urinary tract infection

    Troubleshooting

    The condom catheter falls off
    • The sizing might be incorrect, check out our external condom catheter sizing guide. The penis can vary in size according to changes in temperature and position so try measuring the penis in the position it is commonly in when the external catheter falls off.
    • If the penis retracts while in certain positions, a shorter external catheter may facilitate.
    • Allow for an increase in penis size for nocturnal erections.
    • Make sure there is only a small space between the drainage port and the end of the penis so if urine pools and backflows it can break the seal between the external catheter and skin.
    • If possible, avoid using moisturizers, creams, or powders that can affect the adhesion of the condom catheter.

    There is no urine in the bag
    Inspect the following common issues:

    • The external catheter is twisted or dislodged
    • The tubing is kinked or obstructed
    • The condom catheter is too tight and is applying pressure to the urethra
    • A vacuum can sometimes occur at the end of the external catheter and can prevent drainage. Break the vacuum by briefly disconnecting the drainage and allow urine to begin draining.