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Less waste and lower disposal costs

Intermittent catheters in use – a major source of waste(5)

Like many other medical products, catheters can only be used once. Every patient has to place an intermittent catheter about five times a day, which is why just as many catheters end up in the waste every day. The same applies to the patient’s stay in your facility after surgery or for rehabilitation. Therefore, the amount of litter affects them personally as well as your facility. Waste is a challenge for all of us.

Why plastics are a problem

Actreen® pouches

Extra service for your patients and the environment

You want to give your patients as much scope as possible in terms of action. This is why we have delivered a free pouch with every package of Actreen®: Your patient can use this to carry their catheters safely with them – anywhere, anytime. 

Now, we have gone a step further on our way towards making Actreen® greener and have improved the recyclability of the pouches, which are now made of paper. To keep them durable and water repellent, a special PVC-coating ensures that they can be used everywhere, even in a wet environment. And the PVC reduction is significant – in every version: 

Due to its low PVC content (compared to 100 percent PVC bags), this material produces no toxins when it is incinerated. A comfortable and more environmentally friendly service for your patients.

A win-win situation

Your choice makes the difference


Actreen® Intermittent catheters

*Please consider your local regulations for recycling.

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4) Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019

5) Block B. et al. EAU Guidelines in Neuro-Urology. Neuro Urology, March 2016.

6) Xiong Wang and al. Toughened High-Flow Polypropylene with Polyolefin-Based Elastomers, Polymers (2019)

7) F. Bouton EVEA, 16 May 2017. Environmental comparison between Actreen® Hi-Lite range and competitor products. External Report. Data on file.

8) Rew M., Lake H. A survey of short- and long-term pre-lubricated intermittent catheters. Br J Nurs. 2013 Oct 10-23;22(18): 12, 14-18. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2013.22.Sup18. page 12.

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