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Anti-microbial catheter to cut infection risk for dialysis patients
Date:3/24/2009

daptation to cover specific pathogens such as, in the case of foley catheters, Proteus which produces a biofilm on the catheter and converts urea in urine into ammonia, causing minerals and phosphates to form a painful crystallised crust at the neck of the catheter. This in turn can lead to bladder infections and, if left untreated, the more serious condition of pyelonephritis which destroys the kidneys by turning them into scar tissue and causes renal failure.

The work on the CAPD catheters has been supported by the company Martech, based in Philadelphia, USA, which has been assisting in the acquisition of FDA and EU approval and the Nottingham research team is now planning a clinical trial with Dr Richard Fluck and Dr Chris McIntyre of the Renal Unit at Derby City General Hospital.

They are keen to hear from other potential industrial partners who would be interested in assisting in taking their research forward and collaborating on technology transfer.


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Contact: Dr Roger Bayston
roger.bayston@nottingham.ac.uk
44-115-823-1115
University of Nottingham
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