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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Urinary Catheter, Designed by Quadriplegic


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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for marketing Adapta Medical’s PerfIC Cath, an intermittent and easy-to-use urinary catheter that was designed for patients with limited dexterity by a doctor who is also a quadriplegic.
Urinary tract symptoms can trouble people with multiple sclerosis (MS). In fact, according to the National MS Societybladder dysfunction affects at least 80% of people with MS, due to MS lesions that block or delay the transmission of nerve signals in areas of the central nervous system (CNS) that control the bladder and urinary sphincters.
PerfIC Cath, designed by J. Glen House, MD, is a sterile catheter that:
  • Comes in a user-friendly package, with a gripping device and protective sheath that makes its use easy, even for patients with limitations in dexterity
  • A hydrophilic coating to ensure even and complete catheter lubrication, and easy passage into the bladder
  • An introducer tip that bypasses high levels of bacteria and reduces the risk of infection
“The PerfIC Cath catheter represents a significant advancement in intermittent catheter technology and is extremely easy to use, even with limited dexterity,” House, who is CEO of Adapta and president of Colorado Rehabilitation Physicians, said in a press release. “It is designed for those with a spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, stroke, spina bifida or other conditions that require a catheter, but can be used easily by those with normal hand dexterity too. It is created for users by users.”

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