History of Indwelling Catheters
Indwelling urinary catheters have been utilized to empty the bladder since as early as 3000 B.C. In ancient Greek, the word catheter is derived from the word “kathie´nai”, which literally means ‘‘to thrust into’’ or ‘‘to send down’’ and was primarily used in men for urinary retention. These catheters were rigid and used intermittently. It was not until the 18th century that urinary catheters were first fashioned from rudimentary rubber materials.
AHRQ Safety Program for Reducing CAUTI in Hospitals
The challenge is to produce a catheter that matches as closely as possible to the normal physiological and mechanical characteristics of the voiding system. Read More