Prevention and control of biofilm-based medical-device-related infections

Iolanda Francolini, Gianfranco Donelli

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Abstract

Biofilms play a pivotal role in healthcare-associated infections, especially those related to the implant of medical devices, such as intravascular catheters, urinary catheters and orthopaedic implants. This paper reviews the most successful approaches for the control and prevention of these infections as well as promising perspectives for the development of novel devices refractory to microbial adhesion, colonization and biofilm formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-238
Number of pages12
JournalFEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • antibiotics
  • bacterial infection
  • biofilm
  • fungal infection
  • medical device
  • polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology
  • Medicine(all)

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