A catheter invented by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers for use with pediatric patients has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Rectal catheters typically used to conduct enema studies in pediatric patients are secured in place with significant amounts of external adhesive tape. Despite this, there can be significant leakage during the exam, which could result in patient discomfort and decreased effectiveness of the procedure. Also, the use of catheters meant for adult patients could present a physical risk for the pediatric population.
IU School of Medicine researchers have developed a disposable, leak-resistant rectal catheter for pediatric patients. They disclosed their invention to the Indiana University Innovation and Commercialization Office, which protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at Indiana University so it can be commercialized by industry.