Central Venous Catheters and Biofilm Infections

  • Bryan Haymond


Central venous catheter (CVC) use has become commonplace. Infections that have plagued mankind for centuries continue to challenge medical devices, both those that are old and those that are integrated into healthcare systems. Bacterial biofilms consist of microorganisms that create an environment with multiple characteristics including a slimy matrix and varying cell types. As these communities adhere to catheter surfaces, they can cause bloodstream infections. These are problems that surgeons and healthcare workers deal with on a daily basis. We need unique and effective therapies that can be integrated with CVC devices that will eradicate biofilms, reduce patient suffering, and improve our ability to deliver necessary medications with reduced complications.


Central venous catheter Biofilm Characteristics Infection Antimicrobial strategies 



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  • Bryan Haymond
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  1. 1.Beckton, Dickinson and Company (BD)Salt Lake CityUSA

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