Prevention of infections has become one of the most important quality measures in every health care facility, since they are shown to be a major cause of prolonged hospital stay, increased patient morbidity and increased costs.
The great majority of catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are caused by bladder catheterization and indwelling catheters. BladderScan® ultrasound instruments allow the spectrum of medical staff to noninvasively measure urinary bladder volume accurately and reliably at the point of care, and significantly reduce the need for catheterization and CAUTI. GlideScope® Single-Use Video Laryngoscopes are packaged sterile and are available in sizes for intubation of pre-term to morbidly obese patients.
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Urinary catheter use is associated with up to an 80% increased risk of hospital acquired urinary tract infection.5 These infections result in longer hospital stays, increased costs and increased morbidity.1,2 CDC Guidelines (II-H) updated in 2009 suggest “using a portable ultrasound device…to reduce unnecessary catheter insertions." Additional information on this guideline is available at CDC Website. The BladderScan® ultrasound instrument non-invasively measures bladder volume accurately and reliably. It is portable to the bedside and quick and easy to use with minimal training by all nursing personnel (no sonographer is required).
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- Saint S, Chenowith CE. "Biofilms and catheter-associated urinary tract infections." Infect Dis Clin North Am 2003; 17:411-432.
- Saint S, Lipsky BA. "Preventing catheter-related bacteriuria: Should we? Can we? How?" Arch Intern Med. 1999; 159(8):800-808.