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Apparatus for determining Removal of Foley Catheter

  • Inventor
    Prof. Kwang suk Lee
    Department of Urology
  • Category
    Medical Device
  • Keywords
    Foley catheter, micturition disorders, urethra
  • Current development stage
  • Patent Status
    KR patent application
  • Brief Description
    The present invention is a device that determines the possibility of removing a Foley catheter. A Foley catheter is a tube that passes or discharge urine from the bladder to an external urinary pouch for patients with micturition disorders. It is inserted into the patient’s bladder through the urethra. The insertion of the Foley catheter causes intense pain in the patient during insertion. Furthermore, from the perspective of the medical staff tasked with determining whether the patient can be discharged from the hospital after removing the Foley catheter, many problems occur because the decision to remove the Foley catheter is usually determined based on the subjective judgement of the patient without an objective index. Accordingly, the present invention provides a device that can determine the feasibility of Foley catheter removal based on objective data in order to resolve this problem.

    When this device is used, the pressure of the urine that is discharged through the Foley catheter that has already been inserted in the patient is measured, and these measurements are then used as the basis for determining whether the Foley catheter can be removed. The possibility of removal can be decided immediately and quickly. Furthermore, the invention’s device can be applied to any Foley catheter, which makes the device useful in related fields.
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