Protective sleeve — proven pathogen protection
The VaPro catheter sleeve material passes the ASTM F1671 test, providing assurance that it protects against pathogens that may cause UTIs.
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards tor a wide range of materials. ASTM has also conducted and published approximately 6000 test methods to date.
ASTM F1671 is a pass or fail test designed to determine if protective materials prevent the transmission of blood-borne pathogens.
VaPro catheter sleeve material was tested. In the test, one side of the sleeve material was exposed to a solution containing a type of virus called bacteriophage. Results showed that the viruses did not pass through the sleeve material.
Read the summary of an additional laboratory study which showed that intermittent catheters with the sleeve helped reduce the potential for external contamination during preparation and insertion of an intermittent catheter. This reduction may help reduce the risk of bacteria entering the bladder.