Category Archives: Technology

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/

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 […]

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 […]

Could new ‘bacteria phobic’ material stop hospital acquired infections?

A very ambitious title for the article in the Cambridge News. At Camstent we are striving to reduce Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) by focusing on one of the main areas – Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). We will not be able to stop HAI but we believe every little bit helps from new technologies such as […]

Significant funding for Cambridge tech to fight hospital acquired infections

Nice to get a mention for our latest funding round in the Cambridge Business Weekly. The management and board are delighted with the support received from old and new shareholders alike. Cambridge UK medical technology business Camstent has raised £850k from a combination of existing and new investors in a key funding round. Due to […]

Early detection system for catheter infections

Nice idea from researchers at the University of Bath but difficult to see been adopted on a wide scale. Adding a coating to a catheter adds cost that would have to be borne mostly by the NHS in the UK. Also the dye is released around 12 hours before catheter blockage by the infective bacteria […]

Bio-film resistant coatings

A great video on the early research into using polymers that are resistant to bacteria bio-films forming on silicon. Camstent have taken this early research and have developed processes to apply coatings onto medical devices. The first product, a foley catheter, is currently going through CE mark approval to allow use in the real world. […]