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Polymers for Use in Nosocomial Infection Prevention

SpecialChem / Mark DeMeuse – Sep 24, 2012

During the last decade, attention has been drawn to hospital-acquired infections, also referred to as nosocomial. As part of that attention, there is a growing demand for higher standards in infection prevention and control in public places.

In that general context, there is much interest in formulating a suitable thermoplastic material that, without, treatment of its surface, can reduce the propagation of pathogen materials. This article will discuss some of the features of the thermoplastic material that are required for use in this application and highlight several recent developments.

Currently, antimicrobial polymers are primarily produced by two methods: (1) adding inorganic or organic antimicrobial agents into polymers or (2) chemically bonding the antimicrobial agent onto a polymer structure. The primary focus of this article will be on the first approach and the polymer features that are important in developing new formulations. There will not be an extensive discussion of the coating approach.

Before proceeding, it should be noted that there are two components to an antimicrobial formulation...

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