From the slippery covering on rocks in a stream, to the clogging slime in a bathtub drain, biofilms are present in everyday life in a variety of forms. This seemingly harmless build-up also accounts for 80 percent of all microbial infections. With chapters authored by experienced contributors from academia and industry, Applied Biomedical Microbiology: A Biofilms Approach demonstrates effective ways to combat the health and economic havoc that biofilms are wreaking, while also tapping into their positive potential.
Replete with Tables and Illustrations, Many in Color
Under the editorial guidance of esteemed industrial microbiologist Dr. Daryl Paulson, this book presents an in-depth discussion of medically challenging biofilms. It provides a solid foundation in the basic microbiology of biofilms and then goes on to discuss the biofilms associated with medical devices, catheters, and dental unit water lines as well as those that impact cardiovascular medicine, the gastrointestinal system, periodontal disease, and chronic wounds. This informative work concludes with an exploratory chapter of the various methods used to investigate biofilms.
Applied Biomedical Microbiology: A Biofilms Approach presents key information clearly and concisely – a useful guide for environmental, food, and water microbiologists as well as biochemists, pharmaceutical scientists, and product and biofilm engineers.
Table of Contents
Biofilms before biofilms, W. Curtis White
Efficacy of preoperative antimicrobial skin preparation solutions on biofilm bacteria, Daryl S. Paulson
Oral biofilms and transferable antibiotic resistance, Adam P. Roberts
Inhibition of foundation colonization of biofilm by surface modification with organofunctional silanes, Robert A. Monticello and W. Curtis White
Biofilms and device implants, Elinor deLancey Pulcini and Garth James
A simulated-use evaluation of a strategy for preventing biofilm formation in dental unit waterlines, James W. McDowell, Daryl S. Paulson, and John A. Mitchell
Biofilms in hospital water distribution systems, Judy H. Angelbeck, Kirsten M. Thompson, and Scott L. Burnett
Disinfection and its influence on the ecology of biofilms in drinking water distribution systems, Fernando M. G. Matias, V. Susan Springthorpe, Syed A. Sattar, Marsha Pryor, and Graham Gagnon
Understanding the importance of biofilm growth in hot tubs, Darla M. Goeres
Daryl S. Paulson, Ph.D., is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and a counselor specializing in trauma-associated disorders. He is also the President and CEO of Bioscience Laboratories, Inc. He has advanced degrees in microbiology, statistics, counseling, human science, and psychology. Dr. Paulson is the author of numerous articles and books, including Handbook of Topical Antimicrobials: Industrial Applications in Consumer Products and Pharmaceuticals (CRC Press, 2003).