Class Medical was spun out of the University of Limerick to commercialise the Trans-Urethral Catheter (TUC) Safety Valve, a technology that won the inaugural “Enterprise Ireland Cleveland Clinic Clinical Innovation Award”. A successful first-in-man study which was completed in 2017 (n=100) winning “Best Paper in the Trauma, Reconstruction and Diversion” session at the American Urology Association (AUA) annual conference, in Boston in 2017 and was published in Urology Gold Journal in 2018. Class Medical’s prospective study on the cost implications of misplaced urinary catheters was published in the Journal of Urology in 2016 and was selected by the journal editor as one of the top three articles in 2016. Class Medical also won Innovation of the Year at the Irish Laboratory Awards in 2018, the Intertrade Ireland Seedcorn Muster region competition 2018 and was a finalist at Medtech Rising 2019.
Class Medical’s product offering is the patent protected TUC Safety Valve (Trans Urethral Catheterisation Safety Valve), an innovative technology aimed at eliminating the problem of inadvertent inflation of the urology catheter anchoring balloon in the urethra. The unique selling point of the TUC Safety Valve is that it will prevent inadvertent inflation of the anchoring balloon in the urethra. It uses an innovative safety pressure relief valve to indicate misplacement of the anchoring balloon, eliminating urethral damage. The TUC Safety Valve can be used with any brand of catheter as it standardises the inflation speeds of the various branded catheters allowing the balloons to open in a more controlled manner.
During the placement of a urology catheter (used to empty a patient’s bladder) the anchoring balloon can be misplaced and inadvertently over inflated in the patient’s urethra rather than in the correct location in the bladder. It is a blind medical procedure and balloon inflation in the urethra is associated with serious patient injury. Approximately 130 million catheters are placed annually and an incidence of injury of 1.3% leads to more than 1,560,000 injuries worldwide. Our clinical trial shows the instances to be significantly higher.
CE for the TUC Safety Valve
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