Triple Action Coating Technology

To protect the mucosa from the risks of damage, complications* and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), it's important to have a coating that stays bonded, stays smooth and stays hydrated. Learn more by watching this video.

The average intermittent catheter user will catheterise 1,825 times every year1.

Protecting the urethra from the risk of damage, complications and UTIs is a critical clinical challenge2,3. To help protect the urethra from trauma and damage patients require a catheter which, when inserted and withdrawn, creates a minimal amount of friction against the wall of the urethra; also known as friction force.  A friction force that remains low following insertion and withdrawal of the catheter reduces the risk of damage. 

The coating plays an important role in protecting the urethra1

But unfortunately, not all hydrophilic catheter coatings are the same. Some of the common pitfalls can be:

Dry spots

Some have dry spots where the coating doesn’t adhere to the catheter during insertion or withdrawal.

For illustrative purposes only. Performance and experience may vary.

Short dry-out time

Insufficient hydration may cause the coating to dry out over time and become rough or sticky.

In a study measuring the withdrawal friction force of an uncoated intermittent catheter with two different hydrophilic coated intermittent catheters, Coloplast’s SpeediCath® hydrophilic coated intermittent catheter was found to have significantly lower withdrawal friction force when compared to both the uncoated intermittent catheter and the competitor hydrophilic intermittent catheter2. In fact, the competitor hydrophilic coated intermittent catheter was found to have the highest withdrawal friction force 2

Graph that shows average friction force of catheters

In this same study, when people were asked whether they experienced discomfort such as pain or stinging, 70% of participants answered “no” they did not feel discomfort during use of the SpeediCath intermittent catheter2.

 When the same question was asked of the uncoated catheter and the competitor hydrophilic catheter a higher proportion of people reported “yes” they felt discomfort and pain2.

By staying smooth, Coloplast’s range of SpeediCath® intermittent catheters reduce the friction force generated on insertion and withdrawal, helping to minimise the risk of micro trauma to the urethra2

All SpeediCath catheters come with a unique hydrophilic coating, featuring our Triple Action Coating Technology. It consists of three strongly bonded elements, designed to protect the urethra in three ways: it stays bonded, stays smooth, and stays hydrated.

stays bonded

Stays bonded

It stays bonded during insertion and withdrawal due to a proprietary base-coat that is covalently bonded to the catheter surface for an even coating without dry spots.

stays smooth

Stays smooth

It stays smooth because the polymer top-coat enables excellent water absorption for low friction, smooth insertion and reduced discomfort compared to uncoated catheters.

stays hydrated

Stays hydrated

It stays hydrated with a special water-based solution that swells the coating and makes it instantly ready to use.

1. Stensballe J, Looms D, Nielsen PN, et al. Hydrophilic-coated catheters for intermittent catheterisation reduce urethral micro trauma: a prospective, randomised, participant-blinded, crossover study of three different types of catheters. Sponsored by Coloplast. EurUrol 2005;48(6):978–83, n=49.

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** Urethral bleeding (hematuria) and strictures

*** compared to uncoated catheters

**** The variants that were tested were: VaProTM*Coudé, VaProTM* Plus Pocket, Infyna ChicTM*, and LoFricTM* SenseTM*.

TM* Third party brands are property of their respective owners

SpeediCath® catheters are prescribed for use by paediatric patients (neonates to age 21) and adults who require bladder drainage due to chronic urine retention or post void residual volume (PVR). Before use, carefully read all of the instructions. Call your doctor if you think you have a UTI or can't pass the catheter into the bladder. For more information regarding risks, potential complications and product support, call Coloplast Corp. at 1-866-226-6362 and/or consult the website at


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