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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(12), 1587;

An Alternative Approach to Investigate Biofilm in Medical Devices: A Feasibility Study

Science and Technology Park for Medicine, via 29 Maggio 6, 41037 Mirandola, Modena, Italy
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences for Children & Adults, University Hospital of Modena and Reggio Emilia, via del Pozzo 71, 41124 Modena, Italy
B. Braun Avitum Italy S.p.A., via XXV Luglio 11, 41037 Mirandola, Modena, Italy
These authors equally contributed to this work.
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Received: 4 October 2017 / Revised: 7 December 2017 / Accepted: 12 December 2017 / Published: 18 December 2017
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Biofilms are assemblages of bacterial cells irreversibly associated with a surface where moisture is present. In particular, they retain a relevant impact on public health since through biofilms bacteria are able to survive and populate biomedical devices causing severe nosocomial infections that are generally resistant to antimicrobial agents. Therefore, controlling biofilm formation is a mandatory feature during medical device manufacturing and during their use. In this study, combining a crystal violet staining together with advanced stereomicroscopy, we report an alternative rapid protocol for both qualitative and semi-quantitative biofilm determination having high specificity, high repeatability, and low variability. The suggested approach represents a reliable and versatile method to detect, monitor, and measure biofilm colonization by an easy, more affordable, and reproducible method. View Full-Text
Keywords: medical device; biofilm; crystal violet; bacteria; stereomicroscopy medical device; biofilm; crystal violet; bacteria; stereomicroscopy

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Petrachi, T.; Resca, E.; Piccinno, M.S.; Biagi, F.; Strusi, V.; Dominici, M.; Veronesi, E. An Alternative Approach to Investigate Biofilm in Medical Devices: A Feasibility Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1587.

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