As our consciousness of microbes increases, it appears that our desire to control our interactions with germs also increases in proportion. This is clearly demonstrated by examining the incredible growth in the number and sales volume of consumer products with antimicrobial claims. In the medical field as well, there is much interest in the use of antimicrobial/anti-infective materials for medical devices and general healthcare applications.
Antimicrobial/Anti-Infective Materials: Principles, Applications and Devices represents the best current research and practice on ways to reduce infection caused by devices inserted into the human body. This volume presents important recent developments in the research, development, and applications of anti-infective materials for use in medical devices. It includes 15 in-depth reports by more than 40 leading specialists in biomaterials and medical devices that cover a wide range of important advances in various materials and applications. These include improved coatings and surface modifications techniques, improved materials designed for inherent infection resistance, and applications in the areas of cardiac, orthopedic, ENT, and vascular devices.
This book serves the information needs of all those involved in the research, development, design, and selection of biomaterials and medical devices. It will benefit anyone who designs, uses, and monitors anti-infective materials, as well as those who develop and apply products made from these materials.
Table of Contents
Perspectives on Infectious Disease Challenges and Antimicrobial Answers
Infections of Intracardiac Devices
Infections in Orthopaedics
Physiochemical Basis of Bacterial Adhesion to Biomaterial Surfaces
Albumin Affinity Coatings May Prevent Foreign-Body Infections
Immobilized Biocides as an Alternative Strategy for Control of Microbial Contamination
Anti-Infective Coatings Reduce Device-Related Infections
Reduced Implant-Related Infectious Complications by Surface Modification Providing Controlled Antimicrobial Release
A Chemically Intelligent Infection-Resistant Coating
Merging of Biomedical and Textile Technologies in Order to Create Infection-Resistant Prosthetic Vascular Grafts
Aseptic Approaches and Novel Antimicrobial Catheters for Prevention of Infection of Vascular Catheters
Anti-Infective Devices in Otolaryngology: Current Applications and Future Opportunities
Laboratory Methods for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Indications for Susceptibility Testing
Toward Dollar Devices for Measuring Metabolic Biochemistry
Sisyphus in the Microbial World: Antimicrobial Strategies and Humanity's Health
This is a book that deserves a place on the bookshelf of any pharmaceutical scientist working on the development of solid dosage forms.
Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 18, no. 9, September 2001