Anti-Microbial - FluoroMed® 

"Using silver coated catheters for patients significantly reduced the most common hospital-acquired infection," according to a study published in the April 2008 issue of Urologic Nursing, the journal of the Society of Urological Nurses and Associates.

Two nurses from a 42-bed rehabilitation hospital in Arkansas compared numbers and rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) from data they gathered during two periods. The first was a four-month period in 2006 using a standard latex catheter. The second was a six-month period using a biocompatible silver coated catheter.

Authors Jackie Kassler, RN, and Josh Barnett, RN, CRRN, of St. Vincent's Rehabilitation Hospital in Sherwood, AK., discovered 10 nosocomial catheter-associated urinary tract infections during the four-month period using the standard latex catheters. "During the six-months of silver coated catheter use, the hospital found no nosocomial catheter-associated urinary tract infections."

Surface Solutions Group has developed a biocompatible thin film, anti-microbial coating specifically for medical devices, instrument applications, icon FluoroMed® AM.

As awareness of the significant economic and personal damage done by a wide range of bacteria and other microbes grows, attention is being focused on the need for improved anti-microbial and anti-bacterial coatings that are both effective and safe.

In response, Surface Solutions Group has developed a highly potent, biocompatible,
anti-bacterial and anti-microbial coatings that prevents growth of bacteria on or along numerous products designed for use in biomedical applications in combination with our FluoroMed® anti-microbial process, consumer products and industrial applications. SSG is an expert applicator of this anti-microbial coating for all purposes listed.

The active ingredient in SSG's breakthrough is Silver (Ag), a well established inorganic biocompatible, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial that has been incorporated into a delivery system compatible with the manufacturing processes of the products to be protected, while providing a continuous controlled release of silver over an extended time period. Surface Solutions Group has extensive experience applying biocompatible catheter coating, biocompatible endoscopic coatings, biocompatible surgical instrument coating, as well as, biocompatible medical device coatings.

SSG's FluoroMed® AM biocompatible thin film anti-microbial coatings are effective against the following bacteria: Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, S.Enteritidis, V.Parahaemolyticus, B.Sutilis, Streptococs, Staphylococs, Klebsiella, Clostridium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus, Aeromonas, Flavobacterium, Xanthomonas, Acinetobacter, Entero-viruses, Aspergillus, Candida Albicans, Salmonela, Listeria, Enterococcus faecalis, Entrococcus faecium, Clostridium difficile.

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