Strategies to Prevent Infections Caused by Medical Devices
The infection rate in hospitals after a surgery is an increasingly severe issue in many countries of Europe and in the US. About 1.5% of implants induce complications due to infections. One strategy to prevent these infections is to coat the surface of the medical devices with an antimicrobial substance.
The choice of antimicrobial coatings depends on the type and usage of the medical device. Bone cement for example, can be mixed with antibiotics. A combination of the oral and local treatment of Gentamycin has shown to be much more effective than only the oral application. Another example are silver coated textiles that help reduce dermal infections of neurodermatitis patients.
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