After studying the medical industry and hospital acquired infection trends, Catheter Attributed Urinary Catheter Infections (CAUTI) is one of the only infections to remain mostly unchanged. There was a realization that the downfalls related to the design of a traditional Foley catheter could be the cause of these infections. Research through studies found that the catheter tip and drainage eye were the primary cause of damage within the bladder. Our teams set out to create a product in an effort to reduce this damage in an attempt to lower infections and increase comfort. While the Duette™ is cleared through the FDA as a class two device, we are unable to make direct claims as to the performance of the product. We rely on our independent studies along with sustainability and demand in the market to speak for the product.
The Duette™ features three unique design elements that differentiate it from the Foley design while keeping the insertion technique relatively unchanged:
- A second distal balloon, which is placed on the catheter tip. Once inflated results in a rounded tip instead of the pointed tip on a Foley.
- The Duette™ positioned its drainage eyes between the two balloons instead of being totally exposed like on a Foley.
- The Duette™ is inserted and removed similar to a standard Foley catheter. As a result, it requires little new training of medical personnel.
With these key design features, the Duette™ is intended to address adverse events associated with Foley catheterization, including:
- Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder lining)
- Chronic irritation of the bladder, which has been shown to increase the risk of bladder cancer between 8-10 percent
- CAUTI and UTIs
- Blockage of urine
- Penetration and perforation of the bladder wall
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- Patient pain levels during catheterization
Duette™ represents the future of urinary drainage devices. If you would like to learn more about how this innovative design improves upon traditional Foley catheters, please visit our Research & Education page.
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