Introducing a game-changing product to market takes a mammoth amount of work, time and money, more so if you’re launching an innovative medical device that can potentially introduce huge cost savings by preventing a common infection. To be taken seriously, there are many hoops to jump through and data to produce to satisfy the medical authorities that the product is genuine and does what it says it can do. So it pays to look closely at a product’s claims and the evidence supporting them, particularly clinical trials.

A case in point

Driven by greed instead of science, the medical community has seen a fair amount of fraudulent products. Many of us have encountered one or two tales concerning false nutritional claims or bogus cancer treatments by questionable manufacturers. If we buy into false claims without verifying the facts ourselves, not only do we lose money, but we also put our health at greater risk and in the process, we are subject to a toxic mix of emotional ups and downs which can also worsen our wellbeing.

Fraud is everywhere and it can come at you from so many angles. Just look at the mind-blogging case involving the now-defunct Theranos and it begs the question why a simple blood testing kit could pull the wool over so many people’s eyes.

At 19, Elizabeth Holmes promised to change the world with a new blood testing kit using a sample collected from a finger prick instead of puncturing a vein. The idea that a revolutionary blood-testing kit can accurately test and analyse a tiny droplet of blood anywhere in the world quickly captured the imagination of many, luring investors to pour millions into her company Theranos. In 2014, Theranos had a valuation of US$10 billion, and in the following year, Forbes named Holmes as the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America.

Unfortunately, it was a very elaborate scam. Apart from defrauding investors, evidence has since revealed that Theranos used a web of lies to encourage doctors and patients to use Theranos’s blood-testing lab services despite knowing they cannot produce accurate and reliable results consistently. Holmes now faces fraud charges and accusations that she misrepresented Theranos’s technology to investors.

UroShield is backed by a wealth of science

Thankfully, not all revolutionary medical devices are fraudulent. At Ideal Medical Solutions Ltd, we carry UroShield, a compact external medical device that generates low-frequency/ low-intensity ultrasound waves to prevent bacterial biofilm formation on both urethral and suprapublic catheters, thereby preventing infections from developing.

On our Clinical Data page, you will find a myriad of posts pertaining to UroShield, giving undisputed evidence that UroShield can reduce the chance of infection relating to catheters. One of the studies listed was a research article published on the Medical & Surgical Urology Journal. The article explains that in a double-blinded randomised control trial, there was a significant difference between the group who had UroShield clipped onto their catheters and the placebo group who didn’t.

Another study published by the American Society of Microbiology clearly states that low-energy surface acoustic waves can effectively prevent the formation of microbial biofilm.

In other clinical studies, patients who used UroShield have reported great benefits including:

  • 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

The solid evidence does the talking for us. It’s our goal that in the near future, hospitals and care homes throughout the UK will start to take advantage of this clever device and reduce the economic impact of catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs), not to mention the relief it brings to patients.

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This post is not health advice and should not replace professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances. It is intended to provide information of general interest about current healthcare issues.