Selecting the proper catheter size is important to reduce risk during various procedures. You must consider patient gender and body type, the procedure being performed, and catheter material for the best results. In general, the goal is to choose the smallest catheter possible. Follow this guide to help you pick a catheter based on certain critical factors.
- Catheter gauge: Adult males usually need a French 14-gauge (0.184-inch) catheter while adult females typically need a French 12- to 16-gauge (0.158- to 0.21-inch) catheter.
- Catheter length: Males typically need 16-inch long urinary catheters while catheters for females are typically only 6 inches long. Also, larger patients need longer catheter tubes than smaller patients.
- Concerns of excessive fluid flow or se...