Tag Archives: catheter

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/

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 […]

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 […]

Biofilms and Catheters: Mechanisms of Infection

Reviewing the progress made to establish the link between bacterial biofilms on device surfaces and hospital acquired infections in patients. The article in infection control today highlights the danger associated with biofilm development on various medical devices including urinary catheters. In spite of epidemiologic evidence associating biofilms and numerous infectious diseases, the exact mechanisms by […]

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 […]

Mechanism of damage and infection in CAUTI

A recent review in Nature Microbiology details the sequence of events leading from biofilm formation to CAUTI. A good use of graphics to aid understanding (see http://www.nature.com.edgesuite.net/nrmicro/journal/v13/n5/fig_tab/nrmicro3432_ft.html) The production of extracellular polymeric substances by bacteria attached to the catheter allows the formation of a crystalline biofilm, which protects the community from the host immune system and […]

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 […]

High HAI rates equal cash penalties in the US

US Hospitals face reduced Medicare receipts due to high levels of Hospital Acquired Conditions. the article in the Detroit News says 3 Chicago based hospitals have had their Medicare funding due to this. This is a tough policy but it will help drive best practice in infection control as 1% reduction can add up to […]