NH-89656 – Rectal Catheter Tube

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Model Number: NH-89656

Brand: Niche Healthcare

 Made of non-toxic PVC, medical grade. Transparent, mist surface is available.


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A rectal tube is a medical device designed for insertion into the rectum for various therapeutic or diagnostic purposes. It is a flexible tube made of materials like rubber or plastic, and it comes in different sizes depending on its intended use. Rectal tubes serve several functions, and their applications include:

Rectal Administration of Medications:

Rectal tubes are used for the administration of certain medications, such as suppositories or enemas. This method is particularly relevant when oral administration is not feasible or when rapid absorption is required.

Enema Administration:

Enemas are solutions introduced into the rectum to stimulate bowel movements or to administer medications. Rectal tubes facilitate the controlled delivery of enemas for therapeutic purposes, including bowel evacuation or contrast administration for diagnostic imaging.

Bowel Decompression:

In some medical conditions, such as bowel obstruction or severe constipation, a rectal tube may be used for bowel decompression. It helps relieve pressure and remove gas or fecal material from the rectum.

Diagnostic Procedures:

Rectal tubes are used in certain diagnostic procedures, especially in radiology. They allow for the introduction of contrast media into the rectum for imaging studies like barium enemas.

Rectal Washouts:

Rectal washouts involve the introduction of fluid into the rectum to cleanse and evacuate its contents. This procedure may be used in certain medical situations, such as preparation for surgery or diagnostic procedures.

Management of Faecal Incontinence:

Rectal tubes can be utilized in the management of faecal incontinence. By maintaining a controlled environment within the rectum, they can help prevent accidental bowel movements.

It’s crucial to note that the use of rectal tubes should be performed by trained healthcare professionals to ensure proper technique, hygiene, and patient safety. Additionally, the choice of a rectal tube and its application depend on the specific medical condition, the intended purpose, and the patient’s individual needs.

Patients and caregivers should follow healthcare providers’ instructions regarding the use, care, and removal of rectal tubes. Any concerns or issues related to the use of rectal tubes should be promptly addressed with healthcare professionals.


Anatomical Differences:

Rectal tubes, such as the FR catheter, may be chosen in different sizes based on individual patient needs rather than strictly by gender. However, certain anatomical and physiological differences between men and women can influence the choice of catheter size:

Rectal Size and Structure: Generally, there is no significant difference in the rectal anatomy of men and women that would necessitate different catheter sizes solely based on gender. However, variations in individual anatomy can exist, making size selection more about the specific patient rather than gender.

Pelvic Structure: The pelvic structure of men and women differs, which can impact the comfort and ease of catheter insertion. For example, women have a wider pelvic cavity, but this does not necessarily affect the rectal catheter size.


Physiological Differences:

Rectal Conditions: Conditions such as rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids, or other medical conditions may be more common in one gender and could influence the choice of catheter size.

Bowel Habits: Differences in bowel habits and frequency of certain gastrointestinal disorders may also influence catheter size choice based on the comfort and effectiveness for the patient.


Patient Comfort and Tolerance:

Comfort Levels: Individual tolerance and comfort with different catheter sizes can vary. What might be comfortable for one person may not be for another, regardless of gender.


Medical History:

Previous Procedures: Previous medical history, including surgeries or treatments involving the rectum or surrounding areas, can influence the choice of catheter size.


Selection of Catheter Size

The primary factors influencing the selection of rectal catheter size include:

  •      Age and Body Size: Smaller sizes may be used for children or smaller adults.
  •      Medical Condition: The specific medical condition being treated may require a certain size for effectiveness.
  •      Individual Anatomy: Variations in individual anatomy can necessitate different sizes for optimal comfort and function.
  •      Doctor’s Recommendation: Healthcare professionals typically make recommendations based on a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s needs.

In conclusion, while there may be some differences in anatomical and physiological factors between men and women, the selection of rectal catheter size is primarily based on individual patient needs, comfort, and specific medical conditions rather than gender alone.


Direction of Use

Using a rectal FR catheter tube involves several steps to ensure the procedure is safe and effective. Here’s a general guide:


  • FR rectal catheter tube
  • Lubricant (water-soluble)
  • Gloves
  • Clean towels or disposable underpads
  • Collection container (if needed)
  • Cleansing solution or wipes



  1. Preparation:
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Gather all necessary materials and place them within easy reach.
  • Ensure the patient is comfortable and positioned appropriately, usually on their side with knees slightly bent (Sims’ position).


2. Wearing Gloves:

  • Put on a pair of disposable gloves to maintain hygiene and prevent infection.


3. Lubrication:

  • Apply a generous amount of water-soluble lubricant to the tip of the catheter to reduce discomfort and ease insertion.


4. Positioning the Patient:

  • Place a clean towel or disposable underpad underneath the patient to protect the bedding.
  • Assist the patient into the Sims’ position or another comfortable position that allows easy access to the rectum.


5. Insertion:

  • Gently spread the buttocks to expose the rectal area.
  • Carefully insert the lubricated tip of the catheter into the rectum. Use slow, gentle pressure to avoid causing injury or discomfort. Insert the catheter approximately 10-15 cm (4-6 inches) into the rectum.


6. Securing the Catheter:

  • If the catheter has a balloon, inflate it as per the manufacturer’s instructions to keep the catheter in place.
  • Secure the catheter to the patient’s leg or abdomen with medical tape if necessary to prevent it from dislodging.


7. Monitoring and Maintenance:

  •  Connect the catheter to a collection container if necessary.
  • Monitor the patient for any signs of discomfort, pain, or complications.
  • Regularly check the catheter to ensure it remains in place and is functioning correctly.


8. Removal:

  • When it is time to remove the catheter, deflate the balloon if there is one.
  • Gently and slowly withdraw the catheter, ensuring not to cause discomfort or injury.
  • Dispose of the catheter and gloves properly.


9. Post-Procedure Care:

  • Clean the rectal area with a cleansing solution or wipes.
  • Reposition the patient comfortably.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after the procedure.



  • Patient Comfort: Always communicate with the patient throughout the procedure to ensure they are as comfortable as possible.
  • Sterility: Maintain sterility and hygiene to prevent infections.
  • Complications: Be aware of any signs of complications, such as bleeding, severe pain, or signs of infection, and seek medical attention if necessary.
  • Should any adverse reaction occur, immediately stop use and seek medical advice. Remember your duty of candour.


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