It is a reusable, self-retaining, radio opaque catheter made up of India rubber and has a flower at the tip. The flower helps to keep the catheter in place and prevents its accidental removal. Initially it was used for bladder drainage in females.However, now it is used only as a intercostal drainage catheter in case of empyema. It is also used as a perinephric drain in post nephrectomy patients and as a condom catheter in male patients.
It is sterilized by cleaning in cold running water with detergent and then boiling / auto claving/ chemical disinfection/ or gas sterilization.
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