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Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2001 Apr;17(4):311-6.

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections: impact of catheter materials on their management.

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Department of Urology, Okayama University Medical School, 2-5-1, Shikata, Okayama 700-8558, Japan. kumon@med.okayama-u.ac.jp

Abstract

Infection associated with an indwelling catheter is a representative type of biofilm infection occurring in the urinary tract. Since the most effective way to control this intractable infection is the prevention of bacterial attachment and subsequent biofilm formation on the catheter, the importance of catheter materials and anti-bacterial coating cannot be underestimated. The difference in the degree of bacterial attachment among standard catheter materials, the efficacy of silver-coating of catheters in preventing infection and the potency and effectiveness of a new lecithin/silver coating are discussed.

PMID:
11295414
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