Method for minimizing the rate of occurrences of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections in patients using visible light.
In both acute and chronic care facilities, indwelling urinary catheters are frequently indicated when a patient is unable to drain urine independently. Urinary tract infections associated with the use of catheters are recognized as one of the most frequent infections in health care. While catheter associated urinary infections (CAUTI) rate are declining, they still account for as high as 40% of all institutionally acquired infections. It has been estimated that over 90% of patients who undergo long term catheterization develop bacteriuria. Because CAUTI are deemed to be preventable, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have proposed that care associated with the treatment of CAUTI will not result in additional reimbursment.
Dr. Charels Davis, School of Nursing Student at Stony Brook University invented a technology which uses the bactericidal properties of visible light, specifically blue light, to greatly minimize the occurance of CAUTI events. This innovative technology provides therapies using novel and unique catheterization devices that incorporate blue light properties to allow meaningful urinary catheterization treatments that minimize the opportunity for CAUTI occurences.
Minimizes and possibly eliminates the need of antibiotic therapy Works on a wide spectrum of bacteria Requires little to no additional invasive intervention over traditional catheterization Offers opportunity for automation intervention once installed
Minimizing the occurrences for Catheter associated urinary tract infections
We seek to develop and commercialize, by an exclusive or non-exclusive license agreement and/or sponsored research, with a company active in the area.
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School of Nursing
Urinary Tract Infections, UTI, Catheters, Blue light, Infectious disease, Drug resistance
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