New technology allows for 5 minute suprapubic catheterization

New technology allows for 5 minute suprapubic catheterization

Posted by TSPeC on Mar 18, 2014 4:22 pm

There are many benefits for utilizing a suprapubic catheter (SPC) verses an indwelling urethral catheter for urinary retention. Of which, SPC can reduce the rate of catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) by 64%, avoids urethral erosion, allows freedom for sexual activity, less residual urine remaining in the bladder, simple to change or remove, and avoids other urethral trauma associated with urethral catheters. In general, SPC provides an improved quality of life. The T-SPeC is an instrument and technique for placement of a suprapubic catheter by trained urologists. The 5 minute procedure can be performed on most male and female patients including frail, elderly, those with neurogenic bladders, obese and morbidly obese patients. Urologists in the past have not routinely placed SPCs because of the inherent dangers of the percutaneous method of blindly placing a suprapubic catheter, documented at having a 29% complication rate and 4.4% mortality. Where as, the T-SPeC technique has a mere 1.6% complication rate and 0% mortality. To learn more, visit


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