Author Archives: Helen George

Urological Catheters Market Demand and Growth 2017

According to Apex News, in Technavio’s forecast, the global urological catheters market to grow at a CAGR of 4.91% during the period 2017-2021. The report in the news item, answers these key questions: • What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be? • What are the key market […]

Material fact: Improvements in catheter material

Interesting short article on the need for better CSF Shunt catheters The design concept discussed addresses the risks associated with shunt malfunction which is commonly a result of blockages or obstructions in the shunt system. See article in Plastic News

Bacterial biofilm-based catheter-associated urinary tract infections: Causative pathogens and antibiotic resistance

The American Journal of Infection & Control have published a very interesting paper, ‘Bacterial biofilm-based catheter-associated urinary tract infections: Causative pathogens and antibiotic resistance’ in which the authors demonstrate very high levels of biofilm formation in all catheters but these vary on catheter type: Highlights •Biofilm based catheter associated urinary tract infection is now an […]

Which type of indwelling urethral catheter for short-term catheterisation?

The recent blog by Sarah Chapman, aimed at nurses, reviews some of the evidence raised in Cochrane’s report on short-term catheterisation. In her blog, Sarah highlights the ineffectiveness of some catheters types in the reduction of CAUTI and also goes on to say that some, increase patient discomfort… So is there an alternative? Camstent are […]

Biofilms are cause of some Hospital Associated Infections and require managing

The journal authors remind us that ‘biofilm-associated infections depend on host attributes, such as the presence of indwelling medical devices’ (i.e. catheters) ‘or underlying disease, as well as bacterial factors’. They go on to say that an understanding of the physical factors that affect biofilm formation within the body is essential, and summarise by suggesting […]

Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Toolkit & Current Preventative Measures…

Most common type of healthcare-associated infection – > 30% of HAIs reported to National Healthcare Safety Network (see – Estimated > 560,000 nosocomial UTIs annually • Increased morbidity & mortality – Estimated 13,000 attributable deaths annually – Leading cause of secondary BSI with ~10% mortality • Excess length of stay –2-4 days • Increased […]

Chicago-area VA hospitals post higher infection rates than private peers

Not all medical centers are equal when it comes to reports of catheter associated infections, and it appears that our veterans are suffering more… “A new website unveiled this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals that the Chicago area’s two VA hospitals performed worse than their private-sector peers on two different measures of […]

Industry should invest in novel urinary catheters

Prof.Mandy Fader at the University of Southampton argues that Urinary Catheters “should be a state of the art product,” but concludes in her column that “the lowly catheter has changed very little in the last 80 years”. And Prof Fader warns part of the problem lies with weak regulation, saying: “Unlike with new drugs, manufacturers […]

How bacteria nestle onto catheter surfaces 21 Mar 2017

An important finding that highlights the importance of preventing the initial attachment of bacterial to the catheter surface. Urinary tract infections are the second most common reason for prescribing antibiotics. Yet, in times of increasing antibiotic resistance, the focus moves increasingly to finding alternative forms of treatment. For the prevention and therapy of E. coli […]