Category Archives: Solution

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 https://www.medicalplasticsnews.com/news/material-fact/

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 https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/about-nhsn/index.html) – 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 […]

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 […]

Novel marker for visual warning of cauti

You have to know who may have an infection before you begin to treat it. The authors present a novel infection-responsive coating for urinary catheters that provides a clear visual early warning of Proteus mirabilis infection and subsequent blockage. The coating is a dual layered system in which the lower poly(vinyl alcohol) layer contains the […]

Novel approach to reduce Hospital Acquired Infections

Sentara Healthcare are looking at using copper infused linens, gowns, bed rails and tray tables to help in the fight against Hospital Acquired Infections. Every little step forward helps. In the fight against HAI, awareness and taking active preventative steps is of utmost importance. The best performing hospitals do all of this and then go […]

Catheters that detect CAUTI onset

This development could help hospitals to more easily identify patients who need therapy, but also greatly assist in the evaluation of new catheter designs to resit infections. A research team led by scientists at the . The prototype has been shown working in an artificial bladder sources http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-36279562;  http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/news/2016/04/25/colour-changing-catheter/

Cleaning robots to prevent hospital-acquired infections

Not sure how effective this technology is but certainly a novel approach. Knowing you have a special gizmo in the corner protecting you whilst in hospital will definitely be comforting for patients. The robots in question use UV lights that are up to 2000 times more intense than sunlight. Apparently, this achieves energy along the […]

Early diagnosis essential in tackling Hospital Acquired Infections

Sepsis is when the body’s response to a serious infection gets out of control. Hospital Acquired Infections are one of the major sources of the initial infection. Early detection is vital if the infection is to be tackled effectively. The role of friends and family is important in spotting the initial symptoms of Sepsis. These […]