Vermed Introduces New Indwelling Urethral Catheter Support
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BELLOWS FALLS, VT — A Vermont Hospital CEO who found himself irritated by a catheter he wore after a medical procedure used a deodorant bottle cap to devise a prototype that effectively solved the problem.
Asked how he got the idea, he said, “Catherization can be uncomfortable for anyone, whether you’re active, elderly with limited mobility or confined to a wheelchair. Side-to-side movement of a catheter can be abrasive, irritating and potentially painful. Pain medication seemed to be the only solution.
“Not liking that option, it occurred to me that if I could control that motion, I could limit the potential for pain.” His homemade prototype “worked instantly by controlling the random motion.”
After sharing his device with acquaintance Rich Kalich, CEO of Vermed, Inc., a medical device manufacturer, the company perfected the prototype, refined the design, and is now manufacturing it as the Urethral Foley Catheter Support System with a patent pending.
Crafted to allow patients to continue with normal day-to-day activity while catheterized, the system’s unique design eliminates the lateral movement of an indwelling Foley Catheter that causes friction and soreness often leading to infection and catheterization complications.
Sized to accommodate a 14F or 16F Foley Catheter, the small, lightweight unit features a soft, comfortable anti-bacterial foam liner that conforms to patient sizes and is suitable for both short-term and long-term wear. The foam liner is easily replaced for longer-term wear.
Vermed is the premier manufacturer of medical sensors for non-invasive diagnostics and monitoring.
The company provides top-of the-line sensors to a diverse client base of more than 4,000 medical suppliers, facilities and physicians.