Urinary: Better catheter performance
Simplifying insertion and removal of urinary catheters
DSM coating technology helps make catheters slick and easier to insert. Plus our materials knowledge and processes make catheter coating more uniform – which means reduced bare spots or clumps of coating to impede progress.
Reducing urinary tract infections
DSM scientists developed a powerful new antimicrobial technology that combines a silver-based antimicrobial agent with lubricious and hydrophilic coatings. These biomaterials can be used for many devices, including the inner and outer lumens of silicone-based and other polymer-based Foley catheters.
Our coatings help prevent bacterial infection by concentrating antimicrobial properties on the polymer’s surface. Laboratory tests have shown that they reduce the onset of biofilm formation for a wide range of bacteria, both gram-positive and gram-negative, up to 30 days. Their hydrophilic properties can reduce friction-induced damage thought to contribute to infection.
Finally, DSM works with device manufacturers to simplify production. Our materials are easy to process into devices, with little need for multiple coating processes or treatments. They are UV cured to reduce manufacturing time and increase throughput. And they replace the need for gels and lubricants often needed to facilitate insertion. This saves hospitals the burden of added time and cost.