I’m tetraplegic as a result of spinal cord damage and have a suprapubic catheter. For years I’ve been plagued with regular bladder infections every six weeks to two months, particularly E. coli., although these became much less frequent after I started using open-tipped catheters.
Subsequently, I’ve used the UroShield as part of a trial for six months and can report that I’ve been infection free all that time. Noticeably there is much less brown guck than there used to be clinging to the balloon when the catheter is changed every month, and some months none at all. I can’t say the device is solely responsible for my freedom from serious infection, but I believe it’s a strong element of it. I believe it’s helping considerably. Let’s say we need as many weapons as possible in our armoury.
After a few days you cease to notice the sound and the wires are quite easily managed (I hung my device in a tiny nylon trekker’s bag around my neck). In future I’m sure the device will be refined to have longer lasting batteries, operate silently, and perhaps work remotely – but meantime it’s just great to have a medical advance like this after years of nothing happening with bladders and infection. The good thing is it’s non-invasive. I wish it success and hope the NHS takes it up. If one device keeps one person out of hospital for one night for emergency IV antibiotics for potential urosepsis, it’s paid for itself.
Melanie Reid (55-65), Scotland, Writer at The Times