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Biomedical Polymers and Compounds™

Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention

Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention

Definition
One in every 25 patients has at least one hospital associated infection.  One in every four of these is related to a medical device, such as indwelling cathters.  Antimicrobial additives, such as ionic silver, can be added to medical plastics to prevent or reduce the infection from these devices.

Purpose
Provide an understanding of the causes of hospital infections and the antimicrobial solutions for reduced incidence rates, with particular focus on additives that can be added to medical plastics.

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