The microbial biofilm-associated infections caused by medical devices` implantation are still a major healthcare related complication. Amongst them, UTI with a 23% share are the most frequent. Amongst all UTI infections, 80% are CAUTI, as catheters are being used by 10–25% of patients in long-term hospital care with an overall cost of around 395 million EUR/year and 2.550 EUR/treatment.
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