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Nanoengineered coatings for visible-light photocatalytic disinfection of medical devices

Project description

An antimicrobial catheter

Catheter-associated infections are caused by bacterial biofilms and require prolonged and extensive use of antibiotics, leading to the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant strains that are difficult to treat. In answer to this, scientists of the EU-funded PHOTO-IASIS project propose to develop novel catheters featuring an antimicrobial nanocoating that exhibits anti-biofilm properties. The coating consists of light-activated material that destroys the biofilm upon visible light irradiation delivered on the catheter surface through an optical fibre in the catheter opening. With a simple push of a button, this innovative design will tackle catheter-associated infections and minimise antimicrobial resistance in the hospital setting.

Coordinator

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Net EU contribution
€ 191 852,16
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00