New FDA-approved Catheter Innovation

Urethral Catheterization Device (UCD®)

Developed to prevent urethral injury
  • Simple and ready-to-use 
  • Safe and Cost-effective 
  • Purpose designed regulated Medical Device
  • Efficient patient care
  • can be used by qualified Doctors and Nurses

Prevention of Urethral Injury:

How many urinary catheters are inserted?

  • 15 – 25% of patients admitted to Hospital are catheterized ¹.
  • ca. 50,000 residents of long-term care facilities have a permanent urinary catheter requiring regular change ¹.
  • Foley catheters form about 70% of the market and in the United States about 30 million Foley catheters were sold in 2017 ².
How many men suffer catheterization complications?

  • 4 – 7% of men undergoing cardiac surgery are at risk of traumatic catheterization ²
  • 3.2 – 13.4 per 1000 male catheterizations ³
  • 81% sustain a complication Clavien-Dindo grade 2 or greater.
  • 40% develop urosepsis ³
  • 5% die from urosepsis
  • 78% develop a urethral stricture
How much does CAUI cost?

  • Iatrogenic urethral catheterization injury  (CAUI) is reported to occur in 0.7 per 1,000 adult male hospital admissions , which amounts to about 11,988 cases across all U.S. Community Hospitals.
  • The cost to treat CAUI is about $10,000 per case based on a reported CAUI incidence of 6.7 per 1000 catheters inserted ²
  • This yields a total healthcare burden in the US of $2 billion dollars per year. These costs are exclusive of managing long-term complications of urethral strictures or any potential medico-legal costs .
How does the UCD perform?

  • 7% of urethral injuries in men undergoing Cardiac Surgery may be preventable with the Urethrotech UCD® ².
  • Urology Nurses can solve difficult catheterization cases independently and avoid patient care delay ⁶.
  • Applied across a single Hospital, 81% of men were successfully catheterized with the Urethrotech UCD® when standard Foley catheterization had failed ⁵.

Utilisation and success rate in one large Swiss Kanton Hospital. Over a 12-month period the Urethrotech UCD® was used in 21 men after failed standard Foley-catheterization.  Training for all emergency department and theatre staff was provided:

  • Managing failed standard catheterization with the Urethrotech UCD® was time and cost effective.
  • In 4 men, mild urethral bleeding was recorded as the result of standard Foley-catheterization that did not interfere with UCD-catheterization.
  • All staff were highly satisfied with the new device and would use it again as the next step to solve difficult urethral catheterization.

Reference

1.  Guideline for Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (2009). Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/

2.  Bugeja S, Mistry K, Yim IHW, Tamimi A, Roberts N, Mundy AR. A new urethral catheterisation device (UCD) to manage difficult urethral catheterisation.World J Urol. 2019;37(4):595-600.

3. Davis NF, Quinlan MR, Bhatt NR, et al. Incidence, cost, complications and clinical outcomes of iatrogenic urethral catheterization injuries: a prospective multi-institutional study. J Urol. 2016;196(5):1473-1477.

4. Davis NF, Bhatt NR, MacCraith E, et al. Long-term outcomes of urethral catheterisation injuries: a prospective multi-institutional study. World J Urol. 2020;38(2):473–480.

5.   Fluckiger S, John H. A new Urethral Catheterisation Device for safe urethral catheterisation in difficult cases. J Clin Urol. 2019;12(83).

6.  Dragova M, Bamfo A, Holmes K, Attard K, Frost A, Mundy A. Managing difficult catheterisation in nurse-led catheterisation services: Does guidewire-assisted urethral catheterisation make a difference? Int J Urol Nurs. 2020;1–7.

7.  Kashefi C, Messer K, Barden R, Sexton C, Parsons JK (2008) Incidence and prevention of iatrogenic urethral injuries. J Urol 179(6):2254–22 

8.  Awad MA, Ostenberg EC, Chang H, Gaither TW, Alwaal A, Fox R, Breyer BN (2016) Urethral catheters and medical malpractice: a legal database review from 1965 to 2015. Transl Androl Urol 5(5):762–773


Take a closer look

Patient Experience

Urology Nurse Specialist shares the problems her patients encounter when difficult catheterization occurs.

Clinical Need & Solution

Catheterization-associated Urethral Injury (CAUI) is preventable.

Urethral Catheterization is one of the most common invasive medical procedures. About time that we prevent procedure related complications!”

CAUI is a serious problem and contributes directly to CAUTIs (Catheterization-associated Urinary Tract Infection) and can lead to urethral long-term complications.
— Professor of Urology

Rational Resource Allocation

Your Plan B for safe & simple catheterization
A simple Catheterization Algorithm which is easy to implement in every clinical environment. Procedure efficiency that is safe for everyone!

Instruction for Use

Please watch this Instruction for Use video and learn about indications and contraindications of the Urethrotech UCD®

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