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Antimicrobial Coating for Urology

Urology is the branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive system.

Our Urology customers manufacture medical devices to diagnose and treat these conditions.

  • Urinary tract infectionsskeleton_urlogy
  • Benign prostate hyperplasia
  • Bladder and prostate cancer
  • Kidney stones
  • Incontinence
  • Erectile dysfunction

Urological medical devices that can benefit from Harland technologies include

  • Urinary catheters
  • Nelaton or intermittent catheters
  • Foley catheters
  • External catheters
  • Urological guidewires
  • Ureteral catheters and stents
  • Implantable incontinence management devices
  • Stone fragment retrieval devices
  • Prostatic stents
  • Erectile dysfunction management devices

The market for Urological medical devices is growing with the increased proportion of aging population and with increased prevalence of obesity.

Low Friction Coatings

Low friction coatings are applied to Urological devices to ease insertion, to improve positioning and to reduce patient discomfort.  Harland’s family of Lubricent®  Hydrophilic Coatings along with comprehensive coating method development and process validation offer a complete solution to your device’s surface lubricity requirements.

Antimicrobial Coatings

Urology procedures and devices are a major source of healthcare acquired infections.   For example, the CDC estimates that nearly a third of all healthcare acquired infections in the US are catheter-associated urinary tract infections.  Urological device makers are a major user of Antimicrobial Coatings to help reduce these infections.

Harland offers two levels of antimicrobial coating performance. Each has its application depending on the clinical need and regulatory environment around the particular device.

Passive Antimicrobial Coatings

Lubricent®  Hydrophilic Coatings do not kill the microbes, but help minimize microbe adhesion to the device surface.  These coatings provide the added benefit of dramatically reducing friction between the device and tissue during insertion.

Active Antimicrobial Coatings

Bacticent®  Antimicrobial Coatings can provide microbe reduction in the area around the implanted device.   The release of the antimicrobial agent can be controlled to offer extended release.   Bacticent Antimicrobial Coatings can be used in combination with Lubricent Hydrophilic Coatings to provide both infection reduction and reduced surface friction.

Automated Coaters and Test Systems

Harland offers six families of automated coaters which can apply nearly every coating technology in commercial use today.  Systems are available to coat as few as one part at a time up to large-scale systems designed to coat tens of millions of parts a year.

Working With Usurinarycat

Access to these technologies is simple, direct and results in a complete coating program.  Partnering with Harland features…

Open collaboration

Harland encourages close customer participation in understanding coating objectives, developing the exact balance of properties to meet these objectives and validating the process to ensure your coating is fully ready for production either at your plant or in Harland’s own Coating Services facilities.

Simple business model

Harland’s coating technologies are accessible through a simple supply agreement and do not require the added cost and time associated with a royalty-bearing license agreement.

Stage-gated process

Harland’s Start Now ™ step-wise process is designed to move your program swiftly and efficiently through to commercial completion all the while giving you complete visibility and control of the process.

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