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Injury From Premature Balloon Inflation Can Now Be Prevented With Signal Catheter

Signal Catheter device, developed by Safe Medical Design, a company based in San Francisco, California has recently received FDA clearance. The device indwelling foley urinary catheter runs on the objective to aid in prevention of a very common situation of discomfort and injury that can be caused by the incorrect placement of the catheter.

Once the indwelling urinary catheter is inside the bladder, a balloon placed at its tip, is automatically inflated. The role of the balloon is to ensure that the catheter does not slide out of the bladder. In situations where there is no urine in the catheter, conclusively when the patient is ldquo;dryrdquo;; it becomes challenging to assess whether or not the tip of the catheter has reached inside the bladder. Such circumstances may lead to premature inflation leading to a condition of severe trauma for the patient.

Interestingly, the new catheter designed by Safe Medical Design is built of 100% silicone. It also features a mechanism that in case the catheter is improperly placed and inflated inside the urethra, it relieves the pressure inside the balloon.

CEO of the company, Dr. David Aaronson, M.D. gave a published statement where he said that with this device, marks a monumental shift in a field that has otherwise not changed much for almost 25 years, despite the over 20 million catheter placements yearly in the United States alone. He further added that the newly developed Signal Catheter device by their company has the potential to shield the patients from unnecessary and uncalled pain along with any other complications, taking into full account and addressing an issue that costs hospitals as much $184 million annually.

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Last Updated: 20-Mar-2019