Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) are one of the most common types of infection contracted in hospitals and unlike normal UTIs, they can be much harder to diagnose and treat. As CAUTI can pose a risk of causing severe kidney infections, prevention is vital. UroShield’s ultrasound nanotechnology can do exactly that.
The mechanics of CAUTIs
The primary cause of CAUTIs is known as a biofilm. This is a buildup of bacteria that attach to the catheter wall. The types of bacteria that make up the biofilm can vary immensely, ranging from a single species to a diverse group, and thus diagnosing them correctly is relatively difficult.
Although hospitals offer antibiotics, the high risk of infection means this is an expensive option and thus not preferred. Instead, they focus on prevention: reducing unnecessary catheter use, using aseptic insertion and regular catheter maintenance can all make it difficult for biofilms to form. Understanding how these methods tackle CAUTIs is the key to finding a better solution.
How UroShield helps
The UroShield is a small, external device that clips onto both urethral and suprapubic catheters and produces low-frequency ultrasound Surface Acoustic Waves (SAW). While you cannot feel or hear these sound waves, the vibration prevents bacteria from being able to stick to the surface, and thus prevents the formation of biofilm.
If there is already biofilm present, then the sound waves can help to break up the protective layer of the bacteria, allowing for easier access by antibiotics and faster recovery time.
Why choose to use UroShield?
There is plenty of evidence to show that UroShield works. Users have reported a reduction in infection rates, catheter blockages and catheter-related pain than before, among many other benefits. Our techniques are simply a more advanced version of what hospitals already aim to do.
Most importantly, it gives you freedom back. Catheters can often feel like a tether to the hospital, forcing you to have constant access in case of infection. With UroShield, you don’t need to worry about visiting the hospital at any moment, letting you plan long trips and holidays that were previously impossible due to no hospital access. The device is easy to store and carry, and the long wire means it can be stored discreetly in your pocket. Quite simply, UroShield increases your quality of life.
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