MTG EZ-Gripper is a self-contained, pre-lubricated, closed system
catheter. From start to finish, the user will not need the fine motor
skills of either the hands or fingers in order to cath. Even the
packaging has been fitted with access finger holes for easier opening.
Affixed to the outside of the collection bag is our patented Gripper, a
handle that applies pressure to the tube from both sides of the bag, so
the user doesn’t have to firmly squeeze during advancement, and
tenodesis grip can be utilized. As the Gripper is advanced towards the
top of the bag, the catheter also advances forward about 2”, through the
urethra and into the bladder. As the Gripper is returned to its
original position in the bag in preparation for another advancement, the
catheter remains stable and the patented MTG EZ-Advancer valve
prevents the catheter from going backwards.
Protecting the upper urinary tract is a key to reducing the
risk of potential renal problems down the road. While
self-catheterization is certainly going to keep UTIs to a minimum
compared to bladder management using external or Foley catheters, it’s
more laborious for the user. Nevertheless, once the user becomes
proficient, which can take several catheterization attempts to master,
the pros far outweigh the cons: No more bags and no more odor; short
pants are an option, etc.