GentleCath Glide gets the thumbs up

ConvaTec invited 16 catheter users to test its GentleCath Glide intermittent catheter. The verdict? Easy to use, with great lubrication.

ConvaTec introduced its GentleCath Glide low-friction hydrophilic-intermittent catheter earlier this year. The catheter uses unique FeelClean technology
that activates on wetting and helps to reduce the amount of residue left behind during catheterisation. It also has a no-touch sleeve to help prevent contamination of the catheter.

In order to put the GentleCath Glide catheter to the test, ConvaTec recruited 16 catheter users to switch to the GentleCath Glide and complete a survey afterwards. Ten of the participants were men, 94 percent had suffered a spinal cord injury and 88 percent reported reduced or greatly reduced dexterity.

About 75 percent have been performing intermittent catheterisation for more than three years, with the majority not relying on any support devices. Around 16 percent were hospitalised in the last 12 months due to a bladder infection.

GentleCath Glide performed very well during the test: 95 percent of respondents found it somewhat, very or extremely easy to open the protective no-touch sleeve, while 76 percent found it easy to open the packaging.

Around 88 percent were somewhat, very or extremely satisfied with the lubrication of the catheter, and 82 percent felt very or extremely clean after using it. Of the catheter users, 56 percent found that it performed better than their current catheter and 63 percent indicated that they were switching to the GentleCath Glide after the test.

One of the catheter users surveyed said: “The idea that it can be used on the go is extremely positive. It can be utilised whenever the situation requires without much difficulty or equipment.”

Another noted: “I was impressed with the GentleCath intermittent catheter for the following reasons: The ‘no touch sleeve’ and that there is no lubricating gel required made the process clean and hygienic. I found it easy to use and it feels smoother than most of the catheters I’ve used in the past. Love it!”

A third respondent argued: “It is the best catheter ever. I haven’t had a bladder infection like usual.”

Finding the perfect catheter is difficult and not everything works for everyone, but the GentleCath Glide has been given the thumbs up by fellow catheter users. You can try it by ordering a sample on the Umsinsi Health Care website today. Visit www.uhcare.com to order.

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