Frequently Asked Question

A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a common infection in any part of the urinary system and is one of the most common infections developed by catheterized patients in healthcare facilities and homes.

The most common type is a bladder infection (cystitis)


There are four main parts of the urinary tract system:

Kidneys: Filter blood to remove wastes, and change wastes into urine.

Ureters: Tubes take the urine from the kidneys to the bladder.

Bladder: Temporary holding area for urine.

Urethra: Tube taking the urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.

If you’re a woman or have female anatomy, your chance of getting a urinary tract infection is high. Some experts say there’s a 50% chance that women will get one in their lifetime, with many having repeat infections, sometimes for years. About 1 in 10 men will get a UTI in their lifetime. Children can get UTIs as well, though this is rare – about 1 or 2 in 100.

A burning feeling when you pee.

A frequent or intense urge to pee, even though little comes out when you do.

Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling pee.

Feeling tired or shaky.

Pain in the penis or rectum (men).

Mental confusion (mostly older people).

Wetting the bed (children and older adults).

If the UTI has spread to your kidneys, you may also get:

Pain or pressure in your back or lower belly.

Nausea and vomiting.

Fever and chills.

Discomfort from the catheter with indwelling catheter patients often leads to intentional or unintentional pulling and extraction of the catheter, which in turn increases the risk of infection and severe damage to the bladder or urethra.

The Foley catheter has a retention balloon at the end of the catheter, that holds the catheter from getting out of the urethra. This retention balloon can be a death threat, when a traumatic pulling happens, ripping the bladder and urethra while the inflated retention balloon tries to pass through the narrow urethra.

The tear of the bladder and urethra can cause death in many cases.

1 out of 4 patients worldwide has an indwelling catheter. The vast majority of catheterized patients will suffer from minor to severe UTIs.

CATHETRIX’s flagship product Foley-Safe is the world’s first Foley catheter stabilizer that actively reduces the chance of CAUTI, and prevents possible damage to the bladder and urethra from accidental urinary catheter extraction.


Foley-Safe dramatically minimizes the catheter movement, thus reducing the risk of Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI).

Foley-Safe also prevents accidental urinary catheter extraction. If the Foley catheter is pulled with a force that could harm the patient, FoleySafe will cut the sterile fluid tube and let the retention balloon deflate, permitting the catheter to slide out safely.

Foley-Safe increases patient safety by offering an inexpensive, technologically sophisticated catheter add-on. The easy-to-use safety device simply snapped onto any inserted urethral catheter tube. the device stabilizes the catheter, preventing the urine bag from pulling the catheter. The anti-slide smart mechanism holds the catheter into the device, preventing small and excessive movements that cause infections in the urethra known as CAUTI. If the catheter tube is strongly pulled, the safety device instantly cuts completely through the catheter tube. The inflated balloon in the patient’s bladder deflates and is safely removed, thus avoiding serious injury.

Foley-Safe is a securing device, suitable for any catheterized patient that uses latex or silicon catheters of sizes between 12 to 16 French.

Simply no! The device is ingeniously designed to hold the catheter inside of it, but not to stop or hold the ongoing flow of the urine in any way.

No. Foley-Safe is a Class 1 product, it does not enter the body and does not need to be kept sterile.

Foley-Safe is a disposable device. The recommended time to change Foley-Safe is one week.

Yet, in many cases, foley-Safe served the patients between 2 weeks and up to one month.

In case of need, you can open Foley-Safe, take the catheter out of the device, change the catheter to the patient, put the new catheter into Foley-Safe, and close it back.

Foley-Safe has already been patented and received US FDA, EU CE Mark, KFDA, Canada Health clearances, Australian Department of Health approval, and Brazil’s ANVISA.

CATHETRIX has a network of distributors in many countries worldwide, in America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa.
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