What is the SafeDwell

Jul 26, 2023 | Blog

SafeDwell is a lifesaving solution designed to save time and money. In the United States, UTIs rank as the 5th most common type of HAI. SafeDwell offers several benefits, including accurate and quick determination of foley catheter dwelling time without adding extra tasks for nurses. It also helps decrease the costs associated with CAUTI infections. The CDC highlights three major issues with Foley Catheter placement, which can lead to negative consequences such as the risk of UTI contraction, morbidity/mortality for patients, and significant financial expenses. SafeDwell significantly increases the chances of avoiding these issues


UTIs are the 5th most common types of HAI (hospital-acquired infection) in the United States.

  • 9.5% of HAIs (hospital-acquired infections) are reported, comprising an estimated 93,300 infections annually.
  • Approximately two-thirds (68%) if UTIs in acute care catheter-associated.

CAUTI’s lead to increased hospital length of stay.
CAUTI’s are the leading cause of secondary bloodstream infections. Urinary catheters and UTIs

  • An estimated 12%-16% of hospitalized patients will have a urinary catheter at some time during their hospital stay.
  • Studies have found a strong correlation between catheter use a greater than six days and the development of a CAUTI.
  • Each day the catheter remains increases the risk by 3%-7% of acquiring a CAUTI.


  • An estimated 13,000 deaths (mortality rate 2.3%) are attributed to UTIs annually in the United States.
  • The mortality rate increase to approximately 10% when the patient also has secondary bacteremia (bloodstream infection as a result of a UTI).


  • Estimated cost per infection ranges from $750-$1000.
  • Estimated total cost in the United States ranges from $340 million – $450 million annually.


  • The most important risk factor in developing catheter-associated bacteriuria (increased Foley catheter dwell time).
  • When a urinary catheter is not put in correctly, not kept clean, left in a patient far too long, germs can infect the bladder and kidneys.
  • Catheter risk of bacteriuria increase each day of use ( per day 5%, 1 week 25%, and 1 month 100%)


Catheter-acquired urinary tract infection. This is caused by foley catheters that have been placed while a patient is in the hospital, and kept in too long, poor post-insertion hygiene, and poor insertion technique. This would fall under the HAI or (hospital-acquired infection).


Why is this an added value to the already foley catheter securement devices that are out there? SafeDwell not only helps to secure the foley catheter from accidentally being pulled out but decreases urethral damage by reducing shearing. There are many added values to using SafeDwell foley securement device, here are few:

  1. It does not add any added task or steps for the end user (Nurse).
  2. It accurately tracks dwell time. You can determine dwell time in real time at the patient’s bedside. No more searching through the patient medical records or trying to figure out the writing on the securement device to see when (date and time) the catheter was placed.
  3. The device is tamper proof and user friendly for the nurse.
  4. Most importantly it will help the provider to determine when the foley should be removed by knowing the exact amount of time the foley has been in the patient.
  5. Improved outcomes via simple design adding VALUE to your bottom line.
  6. Increased efficiency with “Point of Care” dwell time data.
  7. Compliance with accrediting agencies for identifying Foley catheter dwell time accurately.
  8. Potential reduction in UTI’s by accurately identifying Foley catheter dwell time.
  9. Reduction in RN’s cognitive stress-load because data retrieval is as simple as looking at the device.


  1. SafeDwell is a one-time use device that will only track the dwell time of the catheter it is securing.
  2. Once the device is closed it cannot be re-opened. This would mean that SafeDwell is “married” to that particular catheter, thus accurately tracking dwell time to decrease CAUTI.
  3. You are able at the bedside look at the device and immediately see how long that particular catheter has been in dwelling.