I am on the bandwagon to replace the Foley catheter, which has been around for 76 years with virtually no change, and causes demonstrable harm to the bladder, with the new and much safer Duette ™ catheter from Poiesis Medical. I’ve had a Foley catheter in my bladder for over 3 months now (obviously changed out for a new one every 30 days for prevention of UTIs), and have had many problems with my bladder causing unusual and unexpected (by at least one of my urologists changing my suprapubic catheter) pain.
In my post about the Duette, there is a video showing how a Foley damages the bladder almost by design. See that post here: The Duette – A Better Catheter Than The Foley.
If we take it as a given – as any rational person should, I believe – that the Duette is far safer than the Foley, we then need to wonder how difficult it would be for medical personnel to make the switch from using the Foley to using the Duette. The answer is “not very.” In fact there is virtually no difference in the procedures used to insert and remove the Duette. The primary physical difference between the two types of catheters is the extra balloon at the tip of the catheter, called the “bladder protection balloon.” The traditional balloon used to hold the catheter inside the bladder, present on both the Foley and the Duette, is called the “anchoring balloon.” So the only thing different about inserting it into a patient is that there are three ports on a Duette, one urine drainage port and two balloon inflation ports – one for the anchoring balloon and one for the bladder protection balloon. The only real difference for insertion and removal is to inflate and deflate (with saline and a syringe) an extra balloon.
The Duette catheter kit is shown in this video. By an incredible stroke of coincidence, the kit comes with the very specific kind of catheter securement device I’ve been championing on this site – again because of its safety and increased effectiveness – the GRIP-Lok device that sticks to your leg. More proof that Poeiesis is at the forefront of urinary catheter technology for patient quality of life. By the way, in case you were wondering, I have no affiliation with Poeisis medical. It’s just that this site is all about helping those with indwelling catheters live life a little better and safer.
Here is the video on the Duette kit:
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Duette 100% Silicone Dual-Balloon 2-Way Foley Catheter 16 Fr
I switched to a super pubic instead from a foley. Can a person use a duette catheter instead
Ken Theriot says
Absolutely, Shawn! The hard part is convincing your doctor to use one. Big hospitals often have contracts with suppliers that prevent them using other brands of things, which sucks. But if they will let you buy one and bring it in for them to place, then by all means, do it. I wish I had been able to try one.
Good luck! Let us know if you are able to get one.
Edmond Elbaz says
Hi I am 71 and Male in constant pain with Foley Silicone suprapubic catheter. I want to purchase Duette two balloon suprapubic catheter I went on website Duette was 14 dollars but total 98 dollars but I have catheter changed every 3 months could not afford can I purchase at a more realistic cost can you help regards Edmond Elbaz firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Theriot says
Unfortunately I am not affiliated with the company in any way. So there is nothing I can do. Where do you live? If you live in the US, you might be able to get your insurance to pay for it.