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Biofilms and Implication in Medical Devices in Humans and Animals

  • Samuel J. HooperEmail author
  • Steven L. Percival
  • Christine A. Cochrane
  • David W. Williams
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Part of the Springer Series on Biofilms book series (BIOFILMS, volume 6)

Abstract

The increasing use of medical devices in modern medicine, from surgical sutures to indwelling tubes for feeding or catheterization, has been accompanied by a rise in device-related infections. Many such devices provide an ideal surface to which microorganisms can attach and form biofilms. Biofilm infections are extremely difficult to eradicate and, therefore, are a serious concern, often associated with increased mortality and morbidity. This chapter aims to describe some of the processes behind the development of biofilms on medical devices, and provide examples of biofilm-related infections from human and veterinary medicine.

Keywords

Medical Device Patent Ductus Arteriosus Suture Material Peritoneal Catheter Conditioning Film 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel J. Hooper
    • 1
    Email author
  • Steven L. Percival
    • 2
  • Christine A. Cochrane
    • 3
  • David W. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Oral Microbiology Group, Tissue Engineering and Reparative Dentistry, School of DentistryCardiff UniversityCardiffUK
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Medical SchoolWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Ageing and Chronic DiseaseUniversity of LiverpoolNestonUK

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