The bladder is an elastic, balloon-like organ that stores and expels urine from the human body. As the bladder fills up with urine from the kidneys, it sends out a sensation of fullness to the brain, which tells us that it is time to relieve ourselves. The bladder then contracts to squeeze out urine through the urethra, in a process we know as urination.
While the bladder is well protected within the pelvic bone, it is still prone to injury if the body suffers a sufficiently serious impact.
Common bladder injuries
The bladder can suffer two basic types of damage, namely bruises and tears. A bruise is caused by a blunt force injury to the bladder, and the most common causes are:
- Car crashes
- Falls from high places
- Heavy object crushing the lower body
A tear injury, on the other hand, is damage caused by a puncture in the bladder. Some examples of these are:
- Bullet wounds
- Stab wounds
- Shrapnel injury
A sure sign of a bladder that has experienced blunt force injury is blood in the urine. While a bruised bladder would hurt, it would often be masked by pain in the general injured area. Those with penetrating injuries on the other hand may not actually experience bleeding, but there is a risk of urine leaking into the abdominal cavity or surrounding tissues. For both cases of bladder injury, one of the conventional treatments involves using a catheter to drain urine and/or blood to allow it to recover. It will also allow the injured bladder or urethra to heal and prevent swelling in the urethra from blocking urine flow.
For bruised bladder injuries, the catheterisation can last from days to weeks, whereas in cases of a cut urethra, a suprapubic catheter may be left in place for three to six months.
A case study from patient Y
Patient Y was involved in a car accident in which the blunt trauma ruptured her bladder. The doctors performed an operation to repair the bladder and after that, a catheter was used to help drain the urine until the bladder recovers. But two weeks into using the catheter, Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) and pain developed. Patient Y was being prescribed antibiotics, but the relief was short-lived as infections struck again not long after. At this point, UroShield was introduced to the patient and within a day, her conditions improved. Patient Y continued to use UroShield throughout her recovery process because UroShield can help to lower infection risks.
CAUTIs and how UroShield can help
When a catheter is inserted into the bladder for extended periods of time, there is an increased likelihood of bacteria from the skin and urethra spreading to the bladder, leading to Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI). The catheter itself sometimes becomes a carrier of infection when bacterial colonies cling on and spread from the catheter to the patient.
UroShield is a compact external medical device that generates low frequency, low-intensity ultrasound waves to prevent bacterial biofilm from forming on catheters. The action of the ultrasonic waves runs along the full length of the catheter, up into the balloon and down into the bag, both on the outside and inside surfaces of the catheter. The ultrasound gently vibrates the catheter to stop the bacteria from adhering to the catheter and forming the biofilm – preventing infections from developing.
If biofilm is present, UroShield helps to break up the protective layer surrounding the biofilm that is normally impenetrable to antibiotics, allowing it access to the bacteria and curing the infection. The vibrations also prevent catheter encrustation and blockage, caused by crystalline deposits of mineral salts in the urine. UroShield also helps to reduce catheter-associated bladder spasms and pain, and is effective for any kind of catheter, both urethral and suprapubic.
Benefits of UroShield
In our clinical studies, patients have reported benefits such as:
- No or reduced infection rates
- No or reduced catheter blockage
- No or reduced catheter-related bladder spasms
- No or reduced catheter-related pain
- Increased quality of life
- More energy and feeling generally better
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