The story behind the PureWick™ Urine Collection System

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For more than 100 years, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) has been developing innovative medical devices that meet the needs of healthcare professionals and patients. As global leader in the medical device industry we are committed to enhancing the lives of people around the world. C.R. Bard was acquired by BD in December 2017.

PureWick™ System – an innovative option to managing urinary incontinence

Until now, women with urinary incontinence have had indwelling Foley catheters and pads to help manage their incontinence. The PureWick™ System was designed to provide women with a non-invasive option to manage their urinary incontinence.

PureWick™ System founder’s story

In partnership with a retired Salk Institute scientist, Dr Camille Newton and her husband developed the PureWick™ System in the pursuit of a better way to help manage female urinary incontinence. As a visiting physician, Dr Newton saw caregivers struggle to keep their loved ones dry using traditional incontinence products like pads and indwelling Foley catheters.

On one particular home visit, Dr Newton saw a caring husband’s efforts to keep his wife dry and comfortable. He crafted a makeshift urine collection system using PVC pipe and an old aquarium filter. His invention inspired Dr Newton to create the PureWick™ Female External Catheter. She and her husband worked for years alongside the inventor to create the PureWick™ Female External Catheter.

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Nursing service – The BD nursing team

Our team of fully qualified, experienced specialist nurses, provides clinical and educational support for continence management, including advice on using the PureWick™ System, indwelling catheter issues, tuition of Intermittent Self Catheterisation (ISC) and the assessment and fitting of urinary sheaths, to both patients and healthcare professionals. The BD Specialist Nurses will accept referrals from NHS professionals to support their patients. Each nurse is qualified and competent to carry out bladder scanning and patient assessment as well as giving advice and training on all prescribed continence products. Our nurses can also offer educational study days and/or nursing support for ISC, Indwelling catheters and sheath assessment. Our nurses will also do joint visits with a Healthcare Professional if requested.

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