Why is a condom cath also called a Texas Cath?

  1. 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.
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  3. by   Orange Tree
    Where are you from that they call it that? I'm from Texas, and I've never heard it. Weird.
  4. by   Flo.
    I never heard that either.
  5. by   lcapNICU_RN
    I'm in texas, but one of my instructors is from Boston and that is where they used to say that.
  6. by   LuxCalidaNP
    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. by   ckh23
    I'm in Jersey and I call it a Texas cath, but I have no idea why it's called that.
  8. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    I'm from Texas and have heard them called that. Sorry, cannot offer any insight as to the origin of the name.
  9. by   llg
    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. by   sevensonnets
    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. by   inferno
    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. by   EmergencyNrse
    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. by   dishes
    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. by   merlee
    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.