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The University of Southampton
Fundamental Care

Research project: Evaluation of a novel cleaning method for uncoated intermittent catheters

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Development of a simple, one-step cleaning method (wipe) for intermittent catheters to enable catheter users to easily reuse their catheters.

In the UK, there are approximately 50,000 intermittent catheter (IC) users, almost all of whom are supplied with catheters licensed for 'single use'. Typically using 4-6 catheters per day, this practise is costly for individuals and the NHS. Furthermore, catheter users don’t have access to the potential benefits of re-using uncoated intermittent catheters (including never running out of catheters, fewer catheters to carry and throw away).

In this study, we are developing a simple, one-step cleaning method using a patented biocidal agent (JVS Products Ltd).


  • Laboratory assessment of the antimicrobial efficacy of the product on a range of bacterial uropathogens.
  • Initial testing of an impregnated wipe.


  • Laboratory assessment of wipe efficacy, including optimisation of concentration and contact time.
  • Patient panel testing of the impregnated wipe.
  • CE mark application for the cleaning method.

Impact: We have designed and developed an impregnated wipe which can effectively and safely clean intermittent catheters over a 24 hour period. The wipe has obtained CE mark product class 1 and is in demand for general surface cleaning. CE mark product class IIb is underway.


SBRI Healthcare Phase I and II awards

Associated research themes

NBIC Biofilms

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