We know that Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the biggest issue for catheter users. In the United Kingdom, 14 million people suffer from continence problems1. Although hydrophilic coated catheters (2nd generation) brought benefits compared to uncoated catheters (1st generation), users still experience problems such as discomfort, bleeding and the continued risk of UTIs.2
FeelClean™ Technology is an innovative, 3rd generation technology which has been designed to reduce friction and sticking which helps protect the delicate urethra.3
GentleCath™ is the only range of intermittent catheters that offer patients integrated hydrophilic FeelClean™ Technology that protects users’ urethral health against damage and trauma, whilst reducing infection risk and mess.2,4
Since the 1980s, traditional hydrophilic catheters have PVP coatings to make them lubricated when wet.
But these catheters can become sticky as they dry, causing potential discomfort on withdrawal 2,3,5
By building hydrophilic technology into the core catheter material, Convatec’s FeelClean™ Technology removes the need for PVP coatings.
With no coating; it also removes the expected risk of stickiness or coating residue being left behind on removal 6,7
of users rated GentleCath™ with FeelClean™ Technology better than their usual catheter for comfort during use.8
Allowing you to provide your patients with a comfortable cathing experience without the fear of causing more problems. Which gives you peace of mind, setting patients free to focus on living their lives.
To learn more about GentleCath™ intermittent catheters and order your free samples visit: https://gc.gentlecath.com/hcp or call: 0800 587 7560
1. Lewis A, Powell T. Bladder and Bowel Continence Care. House of Commons Library (Parliament.uk), link:
Published online June 26, 2023.
2. Pollard D, Allen D, Irwin NJ, Moore JV, McClelland N, McCoy CP. Evaluation of an integrated amphiphilic surfactant as an alternative to traditional polyvinylpyrrolidone coatings for hydrophilic intermittent urinary catheters. Biotribology. Published online August 31, 2022:100223.
3. Waller L, Telander M, Sullivan L. The importance of osmolality in hydrophilic urethral catheters: a crossover study. Spinal Cord. 1997 Apr;35(4):229-33.
4. In vitro data on file.
5. Wyndaele JJ, De Ridder D, Everaert K, Heilporn A, Congard-Chassol B. Evaluation of the use of Urocath-Gel® catheters for intermittent self-catheterization by male patients using conventional catheters for a long time. Spinal Cord. 2000 Feb;38(2):97-9.
6. Alexandridis P. Amphiphilic copolymers and their applications. Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science. 1996 Aug 1;1(4):490-501.
7. Perin F, Motta A, Maniglio D. Amphiphilic copolymers in biomedical applications: Synthesis routes and property control. Materials Science and Engineering: C. 2021 Apr 1;123:111952.
8.A Multi-Centre Clinical Investigation to Assess the Performance of GentleCathTM Glide intermittent Catheters. Study U378 GentleCathTM Glide Final Report. July 2018. Data on File.
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