When it comes to hospital-acquired infections, those caused by urinary catheters are among the most common. Nationwide, health care facilities report about 560,000 catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) a year, according to the American Nurses Association.
These infections can lead to longer hospital stays, higher costs, illness and even death, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. So any efforts to prevent them are welcome.
James Conner, a cardiac technologist at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and part-time inventor, pondered the problem before coming up with a device that alerts health care providers at the first sign of infection so treatment can be initiated immediately.
“Working in the health care field, you see things differently. You see how issues affect our patients,” he said. “Nurses now have the ability for the first time to monitor a patient’s urine stream and at the moment bacteria become present, our device signals an alert.”
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