A child-friendly leg bag designed to make life easier for infants or young children who need to be fitted with urinary catheters has been developed.
The bags have been developed by the National Institute for Health Research's Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative and aim to lessen the discomfort associated with having to wear an adult-sized bag as a result of surgery or health problems.
The new devices, which come in two sizes and are shaped like friendly teddy bear, fit around the child's leg to allow for freedom of movement.
Commenting on the development of the device, Nicola Heron, the programme director for the NIHR Devices said: "Coming into hospital when you are a very young child can often be a very emotional and stressful time, both for the child and their parents or carers. The new bags look and feel a lot less medical."
Explaining the logic behind the new design, she goes on to say; "Wearing a leg bag can be an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience, so we're delighted that this fun, new look bag with a number of unique design features has been launched that will appeal to the young audience."
The bags are now being made available by Great Bear Healthcare Limited.