Occluded PCN Catheters: Are you flushing money down the drain?
Did you know some nephrostomy drainage catheters have features that are prone to occlusion & encrustation increasing the frequency of problematic catheter exchanges?
According to Young 2020, preventive measures for catheter failure include ‘using a catheter that has a good chance at remaining patent’.
Small & many vs large & less…
Catheters with many small holes result in sufficient drainage but the design flaw is in the increased likelihood of the smaller drainage holes to become occluded by sediment or become encrusted in the renal pelvis.
Punched holes vs skived holes…
It’s a small engineering change that makes a big difference. Punched holes are stamped out by a cutting machine & skived holes are scooped out resulting in a bevelled edge. The rough 90 degree edges on punched holes encourage crystal formation in the renal pelvis meaning they are more prone to encrustation within the first few weeks leading to readmission of long-term nephrostomy patients.
Do you know which kind of drainage holes your catheter has? We’d be interested to challenge your current average length of patency, would you like to give it a try? As an introductory offer, for the first 8 weeks, we’ll let you trial our catheter at the same price you are currently paying.
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