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Why is a condom cath also called a Texas Cath?

  1. 0 Why is a Condem catheter also called a Texas cath? We were talking about it in class and the instructors could not agree on a reason.
  2. 20 Comments

  3. Visit  Orange Tree profile page
    #1 0
    Where are you from that they call it that? I'm from Texas, and I've never heard it. Weird.
  4. Visit  Flo. profile page
    #2 0
    I never heard that either.
  5. Visit  lcapNICU_RN profile page
    #3 0
    I'm in texas, but one of my instructors is from Boston and that is where they used to say that.
  6. Visit  LuxCalidaNP profile page
    #4 0
    HA haha, In Virginia some of the old nurses called them "texas caths," but I think it was more a term of flattery for the patients...
  7. Visit  ckh23 profile page
    #5 0
    I'm in Jersey and I call it a Texas cath, but I have no idea why it's called that.
  8. Visit  General E. Speaking, RN profile page
    #6 0
    I'm from Texas and have heard them called that. Sorry, cannot offer any insight as to the origin of the name.
  9. Visit  llg profile page
    #7 1
    I believe it was the name of the major manufacturer -- like calling a tissue a "Kleenex" when it was made by another company. A lot of products get to be known by the name of the company that makes them -- especially when the company name is printed prominently on the wrapper.

    llg (age 55)
  10. Visit  sevensonnets profile page
    #8 0
    In the dim recesses of my old nurse brain I seem to remember the word Texas actually being on the package. Either they were made in Texas or the manufacturer had Texas in its name.
  11. Visit  inferno profile page
    #9 3
    I always thought it was because they were bigger in size to slip on external over the penis, since everything is bigger in texas, hence is where I thought the name came from
  12. Visit  EmergencyNrse profile page
    #10 0
    Called a "Texas Hat" not cath. That's old-school 80's early 90's
    It was a "hat" for post-op urine collection where a indwelling was not necessary.
    The pt. would void into the "hat" (condom cath)and you could measure urinary output. The overall description carried over to anyone using a condom cath.
    Last edit by EmergencyNrse on Feb 21, '11
  13. Visit  dishes profile page
    #11 2
    Texas catheter is a trademark name for the male external catheter that was manufactured by Kendall, the condom is now available through Covidien [FONT=AdvPSSAB-R][FONT=AdvPSSAB-R]http://www.kendallhq.com/kendallhealthcare/pageBuilder.aspx?topicID=154729&breadcrumbs=0:1216 23,81033:0,154726:0

    [FONT=AdvPSSAB-R]My guess is, the trademark name is used interchangeably with the generic terms condom catheter or male external catheter, depending on location and past exposure to the Kendall brand.


  14. Visit  merlee profile page
    #12 2
    Texas was a brand name, like earlier posters have mentioned.

    Why do we say Foley caths for indwelling caths? Brand name, again. Other firms make them, but we use the Foley interchangably w/indwelling.