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Biofilms and Wound Infection Research in the US Military

  • Kevin S. AkersEmail author
  • Joseph C. Wenke
  • Clinton K. Murray
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Abstract

Recent US military conflicts have involved severe extremity injuries frequently requiring implantation of orthopedic stabilizing devices. Simultaneously, bacterial wound contamination, including by multidrug-resistant organisms, has presented a significant clinical challenge due to reduced antimicrobial treatment options, with an unclear but likely contribution from biofilm formation on implanted devices. In this chapter, we detail investigations conducted by the US military medical research community into wound infections occurring in casualties from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Keywords

Military Conflicts Wound Biofilm Antimicrobial Research 

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The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private views of the author and not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin S. Akers
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Joseph C. Wenke
    • 1
  • Clinton K. Murray
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.United States Army Institute of Surgical ResearchFort Sam HoustonUSA
  2. 2.Uniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.1st Area Medical Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving GroundAberdeenUSA

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