Q: Can I use both straight and balloon catheters in this manikin?
A: We typically recommend to stick with whatever type of catheter or appliance we package with our products. What you see being used with the simulator in the images is a straight catheter. A balloon catheter will work too, though it may require extra lubricant because that type of catheter can be more soft than rigid. Some have reinforced tips which we find to work effectively. Again, lubrication is key as plastic on plastic is difficult to force. Sometimes users may have to lubricate the appliance, insert until they are met with resistance, pull it out, lubricate again, etc until they get the internal system completely lubricated. This is especially true with new manikins.