Covalon Technologies Wins Clearance for Catheter
The FDA has granted Covalon Technologies clearance for its SilverCoat Silicone Foley catheter, which is designed to allow clinicians to drain a patient's bladder.
By draining the bladder, the catheter helps reduce the likelihood of a patient developing a catheter-related urinary tract infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention taps catheters as the primary cause of urinary tract infections.
The 100 percent silicone catheter features a permanent lubricious coating with silver ions, which provides a zone of inhibition to bacteria around the catheter surface.
The silver also resists microbial colonization on the device’s surface, the Canadian company says. — Michael Cipriano