Prototype urine infection detection system
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Infection-detecting catheter developed

Scientists have developed an infection-detecting catheter that could save the NHS up to £120m a year.

A research team led by scientists at the Universities of Bath and Brighton built a prototype that shows when bacteria is starting to block the catheter, by releasing a bright yellow dye in the urine collection bag.

The prototype has been shown working in an artificial bladder (speeded up footage), but it will need ethical approval before being used on patients.

  • 13 May 2016