Polymer coatings for reducing risk of catheter-associated blood infections

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Date: Nov. 2013
From: Advanced Coatings & Surface Technology(Vol. 26, Issue 11)
Publisher: Frost & Sullivan
Document Type: Article
Length: 437 words
Lexile Measure: 1410L

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Catheters, Which Play An Important Role In Healthcare systems, also cause serious acute infections and can harbor microbial colonies. Vascular catheter-related bloodstream infections are the most severe and expensive healthcare-associated infections of recent days. Most of today's catheters are made of tlexible low-toxicity silicon rubber, which is prone to colonization by bacteria or other microbes. Microorganisms that have settled in elaborate colonies form biofilms of self-produced exopolymer matrices that provide resistance to antimicrobial agents and the patient's immune response. These biotilms are serious health issues and are among the leading causes of potentially lethal healthcare-related infections. Most of the existing approaches to solve the biofilin issue use antibiotics or...

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