Bactiguard’s infection prevention urinary catheter, BIP Foley Catheter, is an indwelling urinary catheter with Bactiguard coating, which is proven to significantly reduce symptomatic urinary tract infections.
Catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is one of the most common healthcare associated infections, and often caused by indwelling urinary catheters.1 The catheter surface attracts bacteria and other microbes, which colonize it and may develop a biofilm leading to infection.
Bactiguard’s unique technology reduces microbial adhesion on the catheter
The Bactiguard technology (Bactiguard Infection Protection) is based on a very thin noble metal alloy coating, firmly attached to the catheter surface. When in contact with fluids (urine), the noble metals create a galvanic effect which reduces microbial adhesion. This means that less bacteria adhere to the catheter surface, which reduces the risk of biofilm formation leading to infection.
The BIP Foley catheters are intended for patients catheterized longer than two days. Less than two days usage rarely leads to infection and a standard catheter can then be used.
Safe and tissue friendly
The amount of noble metals at the surface of Bactiguard’s coating is very low and below all safety limits for each metal. The coating is firmly attached to the catheter and there is no release of any toxic or pharmacological quantities. This makes the technology both tissue friendly and safe as opposed to traditional coating technologies, that often depend on the release of substances that kill the bacteria, e.g. higher concentrations of silver ions, chlorhexidine or antibiotics.
The product is well proven, more than 100,000 patients have been included in clinical trials and over 200 million catheters have been used without any reported adverse events related to the coating.
BIP Foley catheters provides cost savings
Investing in prevention with BIP Foley catheters has been shown to reduce CAUTI in a cost-effective way. The cost savings are present in a wide variety of reimbursement systems. Several health economic evaluations have been conducted in Europe and USA.2-4 BIP Foley catheters are associated with lower costs related to length of hospital stays, lower treatment costs and improved patient quality of life.4
BIP Foley Catheter is approved for both transurethral and suprapubic use for up to 90 days. The catheter is made of latex and is available in many different sizes and lengths. Latex is a very soft and flexible material, providing comfort for the patient. Latex catheters are cuffed with sterile water.
The Bactiguard coating is both on the inside and the outside of the catheter. There is also a hydrophilic coating which reduces friction and increases patient comfort during insertion and removal of the catheter.
1. Klevens RM et al. Estimating health-care associated infections and deaths in U.S. hospitals, 2002 Public Health Rep. 2007 Mar–Apr;122(2):160-6.
2. Hidalgo Fabrellas et al. Enferm Intensiva. 2015; 26(2):54–62.
3. Karchmer TB et al, Arch Intern Med. 2000 Nov 27;160(21):3294–8
4. Saint S. et al. Arch Intern Med. 2000; 160:2670–2675.