Difficult catheter placements account for many of the urology consults requested by acute care facilities. A prospective analysis of at tertiary care centers in Northern Alberta, found that over 40% of difficult urinary catheterization consults could be effectively managed by urology blindly placing a standard or Coude’ catheter. The study also found 32% of catheterization attempts resulted in significant urethral injury.
Blind procedures often result in urethral trauma and injuries. With vision, non-urologist providers can successfully place a catheter are less likely to cause injury.
The DirectVision® visually-guided catheter system can increase successful catheter placements on DUC patients by non-urology providers. This can decrease unnecessary catheter related urology consults, and increase time that practicing urologists may spend on other more critical procedures. Additionally, vision allows a non-urologist provider to identify when a section of the urethra is impassable and call for a urologist, reducing unnecessary trauma to the patient.
In the hands of a urologist, DirectVision® has the ability to integrate with urological guidewires and other instruments to avoid the cost and time associated with escalation to surgery or radiology.
DirectVision® can improve patient care, efficiency, satisfaction and outcomes.
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