Clinical Application of the Bardex IC Foley CatheterVerleyen P. · De Ridder D. · van Poppel H. · Baert L.
Service of Urology, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium
Objectives: We performed two randomized prospective studies with the silver-coated Bardex IC catheter in order to evaluate the incidence of bacteriuria during short- and medium-term catheterization after urological procedures. Methods: During catheterization only consecutive suprapubic urine samples were taken and cultured. After removal of the catheter the patient was allowed one wash-out void, and before the second micturition a suprapubic puncture was performed to collect a culture specimen. Results: In the first trial, after radical prostatectomy 18 patients with the Bardex IC catheter were compared to 17 patients with a silicon catheter after the same procedure. There was no significant difference in bacteriuria after 14 days (50.0 vs. 53.3%). In the second part of the study 180 patients were evaluated 101 with latex and 79 with Bardex IC catheters. The median catheterization time was 5 days. The results show a significant delay in the onset of bacteriuria when a silver alloy catheter is used (p < 0.003). On day 5 only 6.3% had bacteriuria in the Bardex IC group versus 11.9% in the latex group. Conclusion: We conclude that, after urological procedures, short-term catheterization with the Bardex IC catheter is superior to the classical latex catheter.
Prof. Dr. L. Baert
Service of Urology, University Hospital Gasthuisberg
B–3000 Leuven (Belgium)
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Received: Accepted after revision: December 22, 1998
Number of Figures : 1, Number of Tables : 3, Number of References : 51
Official Organ of the European Association of Urology
Vol. 36, No. 3, Year 1999 (Cover Date: September 1999)
Journal Editor: C.C. Schulman, Brussels
ISSN: 0302–2838 (print), 1421–993X (Online)
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