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Why Choose the MTG EZ-Gripper® Catheter?

  • Our patented gripping handle outside the bag allows for easy advancement, making it easier for individuals with limited hand dexterity to self-catheterize
  • Can be used with the MTG Eagle® Board, a self-catheterization assistive device

MTG EZ-Gripper® makes it easy to cath anywhere

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MTG EZ-Gripper® Makes Self-Catheterization Easier

For decades, tetraplegic patients have been prescribed external condom or indwelling Foley catheters for bladder management since most were incapable of intermittent urinary self-catheterization. Suprapubic catheters were routinely placed. The dexterity required to open the package, lubricate the catheter, etc., was more than most could accomplish, particularly at higher injury levels. MTG set a goal of developing a catheter that could be used, without help from a caregiver, for those with spinal cord injuries from C-4 through C-7 and for some people afflicted with multiple sclerosis. We believe that with the MTG EZ-Gripper®, we have achieved this goal. Recently, we introduced our new MTG Eagle® Board, a reusable device that secures the penis and the catheter, enabling self-catheterization by men with very limited dexterity.  Scroll down to see a video showing how to self-catheterize with MTG EZ-Gripper® and the MTG Eagle® Board.

How to Use MTG EZ-Gripper® Urinary Catheters for Tetraplegic Self-Catheterization

This video explains the advantages of using MTG EZ-Gripper® and demonstrates use on an anatomical model.

The next video shows self-catheterization by a man with cervical spinal cord injury between C-5 and C-6

 

Video: How To Self-Catheterize With MTG Eagle® Catheter Board

Full kit includes…

  • sterile MTG EZ-Gripper® closed system catheter
  • pair of latex-free gloves
  • underpad
  • gauze pad
  • BZK cleansing wipe
  • privacy bag for discreet disposal
“I’m a C5 quadriplegic. I had to rely on others to cath me because it was impossible to cath myself with any other catheters. The MTG EZ-Gripper® Catheters give me the ability to independently cath myself. Only MTG EZ-Gripper® Catheters allow me to advance the catheter with ease and without retraction thanks to the EZ-Gripper clip and MTG EZ-Advancer® valve. With the EZ-Gripper Catheters, I have the independence that I’ve always wanted.” Kyle

Indiana

Why MTG EZ-Gripper® Can Be Your Best Way to Catheterize

If the potential user can move one hand 3” to the left, and then 3” to the right, while stabilizing the anatomy with their other hand, he/she should be able to self-catheterize. In the case of the male, the penis will be held against the leg with one hand while the other hand moves the gripper back and forth. In the case of the female, the user may opt to use both hands on the gripper and pull the catheter into the urethra.

MTG EZ-Gripper® is a self-contained, pre-lubricated, catheter within a bag. 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 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.

For an in-depth description of MTG EZ-Gripper®, please view our user instructional video, complete with a C-6 quad catheterizing an anatomical model.

Outer package includes access finger holes for easy opening.

MTG EZ-Gripper® Catheter Features

  • The catheter is pre-lubricated, so setup time is minimal
  • The MTG introducer tip is designed to reduce the risk of recurrent urinary tract infections (see video for proper usage instructions)
  • Soft, fire polished, smooth eyelets (drainage holes) allow for comfortable passage through the urethra and into the bladder
  • Offset eyelets, located near the tip of the catheter, provide drainage from two points within the bladder
  • The EZ-Advancer® valve secures the catheter tube after each forward advancement, preventing retraction into the bag during insertion
  • The catheter bag protects the sterility of the tube and collects the urine
  • Sterile sample can be collected (see Sample Retrieval)
  • The catheter is available in 12, 14 and 16 Fr., 16” and 18″ lengths
  • The “Tear here to empty” perforation is easy to rip, allowing for fluid to be poured into the toilet
  • The collection bag also has access finger holes for holding during filling and draining
  • 100% latex-free
  • BZK, clear, odor-free, alcohol-free, cleansing wipe is provided in kit versions
  • DEHP and BPA free catheter tube
  • Includes privacy bag for discreet disposal of used supplies

MTG EZ-Gripper® Product Numbers

 

52112  –  12 Fr., 16″ catheter, kit with BZK wipe
52114  –  14 Fr., 16″ catheter, kit with BZK wipe
52116  –  16 Fr., 16″ catheter, kit with BZK wipe
52812  –  12 Fr., 18″ catheter, kit with BZK wipe
52814  –  14 Fr., 18″ catheter, kit with BZK wipe
52816  –  16 Fr., 18″ catheter, kit with BZK wipe
50112  –  12 Fr., 16″ catheter, without kit
50114  –  14 Fr., 16″ catheter, without kit
50116  –  16 Fr., 16″ catheter, without kit
50812  –  12 Fr., 18″ catheter, without kit
50814  –  14 Fr., 18″ catheter, without kit
50816  –  16 Fr., 18″ catheter, without kit