Antimicrobial coatings and materials are becoming increasingly important in hospital and healthcare environments around the world. Hospital-acquired infections and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Of the approximately 1.7 million HAIs in the United States annually, nearly 100,000 patients die from these infections and many more require extended hospitalization and medical treatment. The annual direct cost of HAIs to U.S. hospitals is estimated between $28 and $33 billion.
Most HAIs are related to the use of medical devices and typically occur during procedures that breach the skin or introduce a foreign object into the body (i.e. catheterization, intubation, intravenous access, and the use of surgical implants and devices). Many of these devices provide a breeding ground for bacteria and slime-like aggregations of bacteria known as biofilms, which are nearly impossible to kill with conventional antibiotics.
More than ever before, medical device manufacturers are working to incorporate antimicrobial technologies into their medical devices to reduce the potential for patient infections. At Biomerics, we offer antimicrobial coatings that can be applied via a wide range of processes. As a leading expert in antimicrobial testing and validation requirements, we will partner with you to develop and apply antimicrobial coatings to your unique short and long-term devices.