New catheter may outsmart urinary tract infections

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Michigan researchers are developing a “smart” catheter that could dramatically reduce urinary tract infections in long-term care settings. The device works by releasing a bacteria-killing nitric oxide substance when an infection is detected, according to findings presented Aug. 23 at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting. Scientists from the University of Michigan said they are developing this “electromodulated smart catheter” to help reduce catheter-associated infections in long-term care communities and hospitals.

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