Coloplast announced the U.S. launch of SpeediCath® Compact Male, the most compact catheter for men, designed so users can do more. The new product is less than half the size of a standard male catheter and may be stored, carried, used and disposed of more discreetly. The SpeediCath Compact Male all-in-one design is instantly ready to use, featuring "no touch" insertion and withdrawal that provides a level of convenience and is usable anywhere, anytime.
Every day, more than half of all men aged 50+ face problems emptying their bladder due to various health conditions, primarily linked to their prostate. A challenge they share with the growing number of people living with Spinal Cord Injury. Not being able to urinate naturally, many men have to insert a catheter, which can be up to 15 inches long, through the urethra 4-6 times a day.
Storing, using and transporting catheters this size is hard to do discreetly. The lack of discretion around their catheters is an important issue for many users. Coloplast has developed a revolution in catheter design to meet that need. SpeediCath Compact Male comes in a discreet and compact package that is easily concealed, allowing for patients to feel more relaxed and free to do what they want. The new device also comes pre-lubricated with a unique, hydrophilic coating and polished eyelets designed for comfortable and simple catheterization no matter where they are. These innovative SpeediCath Compact Male features open up exciting, new possibilities for its users, eliminating lifestyle limitations and enhance their quality of life compared to standard catheter use.
"Coloplast is focused on developing products that make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions," said Erik Greene, Coloplast Product Manager, Continence Care. "When we designed SpeediCath Compact Male, we listened to and learned from the people who use our products that discretion was the most important feature. This product is a solution that meets their personal need, and comes ready to use for even greater convenience and discretion. SpeediCath Compact Male gives men a level of comfort and ease that they can use it at home or on the go. We are proud to bring this unique intimate healthcare product to users in the US."
End user feedback has been positive. A 2011 Product Evaluation study found that 96% of users described SpeediCath Compact Male as discreet. One patient, Dan, said, "Out of curiosity, I tried SpeediCath® Compact Male and things have improved dramatically. When I do go out, you would never know I have the catheters in my pocket."
Patients will also be pleased to know SpeediCath® Compact Male not only is discreet, but it also is perfect for home or on the go. A 2011 Product Evaluation study found that 85% of patients felt the product easy to use.