CATHETERS

From hydrophilic, coudes, to the newest Flex Pro®, the catheter industry has experienced dramatic changes in technology. As we look within our industry it becomes relevant the need for proper product, education, hygiene, and care is needed more than ever.

Washing catheters may be one of the costliest mistakes. When performed in a sterile environment, success may be possible but introduction of just the slightest bacterium into the urethra can and will cause a urinary tract infection.

On average, for a severe infection in which the kidneys have become involved and hospitalization is required, costs can reach $20,000 or more. For example, at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[1] in Lincoln, NE, hospitalization for kidney and urinary tract infections can cost $5,700-$21,400, depending on the severity of the infection and length of stay. These costs associated with reactive care ultimately are passed to the premium payer in increased premiums and higher deductibles.

Whether you are an intermittent catheter user, supra pubic, indwelling or external catheter user, our goal is to prevent C.A.U.T.I’s (Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections).

The prevalence of foley catheters and their role in bladder health is of utmost importance. Damage within the bladder can cause rapid reproduction of microorganism leading to spastic bladders, leakage, and urinary tract infections. The advancement in what the medical industry knows allows your medical practitioner knowledge and ammunition to prevent these potential issues.

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