Graphite nanoplatelets in medical devices can help prevent infections

Written by Rhiannon Finnie (Future Science Group)

Graphite nanoplatelets killing bacteria
CREDIT: Yen Strandqvist/Chalmers

Research from the Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) have discovered integrating graphite nanoplatelets into the surface of plastic medical devices can kill up to 99.99% of bacteria that attempt to attach. This could reduce infections that affect millions and help slow the acceleration of antibiotic resistance.    According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (Solna, Sweden), over four million people in Europe are affected by infections contracted during medical procedures every year. A large number of these are bacterial infections due to bacteria on the surface of medical devices and implants, such as catheters, prosthesis and dental...

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