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
There are other non-infectious IUC-related adverse effects that occur the longer an indwelling urinary catheter (IUC), particularly a transurethral IUC, is used for bladder drainage. They include catheter blockage, urine bypassing, bladder spasms, accidental catheter dislodgement, and non-deflating balloons.Read More
Adherence to general infection control principles: Hand hygiene - the most important factor in preventing nosocomial infections, Aseptic catheter insertion, Proper Foley catheter maintenance, education, and care by nursing staff, Foley catheter use surveillance and feedback.Read More
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