Microbial Biofilms in Healthcare

Formation, Prevention and Treatment

Edited by
March 2020
166 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03928-410-8 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03928-411-5 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Microbial Biofilms in Healthcare: Formation, Prevention and Treatment that was published in

Chemistry & Materials Science
Physical Sciences
Biofilms are ubiquitous and their presence in industry can lead to production losses. However, nowhere do biofilms impact human health and welfare as much as those that are found contaminating the healthcare environment, surgical instruments, equipment, and medical implantable devices. Approximately 70% of healthcare-associated infections are due to biofilm formation, resulting in increased patient morbidity and mortality. Biofilms formed on medical implants are recalcitrant to antibiotic treatment, which leaves implant removal as the principal treatment option. In this book, we investigate the role of biofilms in breast and dental implant disease and cancer. We include in vitro models for investigating treatment of chronic wounds and disinfectant action against Candida sp. Also included are papers on the most recent strategies for treating biofilm infection ranging from antibiotics incorporated into bone void fillers to antimicrobial peptides and quorum sensing.
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biofilm; chronic wounds; instillation therapy; in vitro; bacterial biofilms; commensal bacteria; bacterial phenotypes; anti-biofilm strategies; anti-adhesion; dispersion; biofilm formation; healthcare; biofilm inhibition; quorum sensing; multidrug efflux pumps; biofilms; anti-biofilms; nosocomial pathogens; Staphylococcus aureus; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Klebsiella pneumoniae; periodontitis; peri-implantitis; biofilms; oral bacteria; calcium sulfate; antibiotics; release; zone of inhibition; biofilm; biofilm; breast implant; textured: capsular contracture; anaplastic large cell lymphoma; BIA-ALCL; biofilm; antimicrobial peptides; mechanism of action; medical devices; biomaterials; Candida auris; dry-biofilm; disinfection; peracetic acid; sodium hypochlorite; chlorine dioxide; sodium dichloroisocyanurate; transferability; regrowth; biofilms; dry surface biofilms; periodontitis; breast implants; Candida auris; calcium sulphate; antibiotic; topical negative pressure wound therapy; antimicrobial peptides