Nice to see articles on the BBC highlighting the need for improvements in Catheter technology. This is exactly what we are striving to do here at Camstent.
When you consider that 38% of all Hospital Acquired Infections are urinary catheter related you realise that advances in tackling this problem will save money and improve the hospital experience of patients. I was recently talking to a retired doctor who had to go in for a procedure and the thing he feared most was picking up Catheter Related Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI). It feels good to be doing something to improve this situation!
Patients deserve better catheters - but who is going to lobby for them? No-one in healthcare seems to "own" catheters - they cross the paths of surgeons, anaesthetists, physicians and nurses in particular - but usually only play a walk-on part.