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dc.contributor.authorFrancolini, I.
dc.contributor.authorDonelli, G.
dc.contributor.authorStoodley, Paul
dc.identifier.citationFrancolini I, Donelli G, Stoodley P, "Polymer designs to control biofilm growth on medical devices," Rev Env Science & Bio/Tech, 2003 2(2-4):307-319en_US
dc.description.abstractIndwelling and temporary medical delivery devices (i.e., catheters) are increasingly used in hospital settings, providing clinicians with useful tools to administer nutrients, draw blood samples and deliver drugs. However, they can often put patients at risk for local or systemic infections, including bloodstream infections and endocarditis. Microorganisms readily adhere to the surfaces and colonize them by forming a slimy layer of biofilm. Bacteria growing in biofilms exhibit an increased antibiotic resistance in comparison with planktonic cells. Consequently the antibiotic treatment of these medical device-associated infections frequently fails. Detechment resulting in the formation of microemboli is a further biofilm related complication. Since infections often involve increased morbidity and morality, prolonged hospitalization and additional medical costs, various strategies to prevent biofilm formation on implanted medical devices have been developed over the last two decades. In this paper we review and discuss the most significant experimental approaches to inhibit bacterial adhesion and growth on these devices.en_US
dc.titlePolymer designs to control biofilm growth on medical devicesen_US
mus.citation.journaltitleReviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnologyen_US
mus.identifier.categoryEngineering & Computer Scienceen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Engineeringen_US
mus.relation.departmentCenter for Biofilm Engineering.en_US
mus.relation.departmentChemical & Biological Engineering.en_US
mus.relation.departmentChemical Engineering.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US
mus.relation.researchgroupCenter for Biofilm Engineering.en_US
mus.contributor.orcidStoodley, Paul|0000-0001-6069-273Xen_US

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