Paragon Innovations Designs FemCath Mirror, Groundbreaking Product Giving Female Patients More Confidence, Freedom

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Once incredibly difficult, self-catheterization for women becomes easier, more accurate using innovative product from Southlake Medical Supplies.

Until now, women who needed to self-catheterize often faced great difficulty and discomfort that sometimes made them feel confined to their own homes. But with a new product designed by Paragon Innovations and manufactured by Southlake Medical Supplies, Inc., a nearly impossible process has become much faster, easier and more comfortable.

The FemCath Mirror dramatically simplifies the self-catheterization process. The mirror can be adjusted to rest on the seat of almost any toilet, giving the patient a clear view.

“Typically, it takes a nurse at least 30 minutes to teach a patient how to insert her own catheter,” said Haroon Alvi, chief executive officer for Southlake Medical Supplies. “Even then, the process is awkward and complicated because the patient cannot see what she is doing. With the FemCath Mirror, training time drops to just five minutes, and the frustration and embarrassment for the patient disappears.”

Female patients are required to self-catheterize to urinate properly for a wide variety of medical conditions, such as post-surgical recovery, spinal cord injuries and more. The procedure can be difficult, however, because women cannot see where to place the catheter. It’s easy to put the catheter in the wrong location, or not insert it successfully. Patients who are uncomfortable with the process experience great anxiety, feeling that they will not be able to insert the catheter in a timely manner. This could result in an accident, which makes some patients fearful about leaving their homes and going into public places.

“A flexible, adjustable design for the FemCath Mirror was absolutely critical,” said Michael Wilkinson, chief executive officer for Paragon. “We designed the mirror to be light-weight and to fold, so it can fit in a purse. It’s constructed of plastic, making it break-resistant when dropped and easy to clean. Plus, because it is adjustable, the mirror rests securely on the toilet and will not fall off.”

Southlake Medical Supplies provides the mirrors to physicians’ offices to raise awareness in the marketplace. Nurses have quickly become some of the strongest advocates for the product because there is no comparable tool available for patients.

“For years, this problem has gone unsolved because there were so many complex variables,” Alvi said. “We took the challenge to Paragon. Once we developed the new product together, the answer looks so simple. But to arrive at this elegant solution, Paragon’s engineers made a great effort to fully understand all of the difficulties patients face and the variables involved. The result is an excellent product for which there is strong and growing demand.”

About Paragon Innovations
A leading engineering and product development services provider, Paragon Innovations, Inc., specializes in medical devices, video displays and portable wireless devices. Founded in 1990, Paragon Innovations has worked with Fortune 500 companies, as well as startup ventures, to provide turn-key electrical, mechanical and industrial design engineering services from concept development to market launch. The company is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. For more information, visit

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