Bio-Static Surface Protection Report
The next step towards improved infection control
This is a paper presented by Dr Gideon Wolfaardt, who is an expert in environmental interfaces and biofilms and an environmental microbiologist (see bio-pdf download). The title of this paper is 'The next step towards improved infection control'
In response to alarmingly high infections rates and consequent mortality of patients admitted to selected intensive care units of a tertiary care hospital, clinical characteristics were combined with environmental investigations, and a high correlation was found between the causative multidrug-resistant strains and mixed-community biofilms occurring in selected 'hot spots' in these units.
The results showed that inhibition of bacterial colonization of surfaces is possible with a relatively simple treatment. Such prevention, rather than reactive treatment of existing biofilms should be implemented wherever feasible. While it is mostly impossible to have a 100% prevention of bacterial surface colonization with any of the inhibitors currently available and safe for use in clinical set tings (including silver coatings and 'smart materials'), incorporating inhibitors with existing cleaning procedures should greatly improve efforts to mitigate infection. Because of its ease of application, cost effectiveness and demonstrated inhibition efficacy, Bio-Spear shows much potential in this regard.
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