Sharklet™ Patterned Medical DevicesEach year, urinary catheters are used in more than five million patients in hospitals and extended care facilities. For patients requiring a catheter for longer than seven days, 25 percent will develop a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). Just as staggering, CAUTIs are the leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, accounting for more than 40 percent of all HAIs. To reduce these costly infections and improve patient care, Sharklet Technologies is developing the Sharklet-patterned Urinary Catheter – a catheter manufactured with the Sharklet micro-pattern in its surface to prevent the survival and migration of bacteria with the intent to reduce CAUTI.
The company is currently developing a Sharklet Urinary Catheter through a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II $1.2M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
As the company develops the Sharklet-patterned urinary catheter, the company continues to evaluate the development of other in-dwelling medical devices that will benefit from the addition of the Sharklet pattern.
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