Medical Coating

In order for many devices to be used in the field of medicine, a medical coating must be applied to prevent the transfer of any form of microbial bacteria. The coating must be able to withstand extended contact with corrosive body fluids, body tissue, enzymes, lipids, electrolytes, and proteins while remaining inherently stable. The use of an anti-microbial coating is necessary to kill pathogens within the area that the device is being used. Fluromed uses a silver oxide layer formed on the outside of the medical coating to continuously attack the pathogenic cell from multiple locations to destroy the internal structures and render it incapable of reproduction. Because silver ions have a high attraction to the negatively charged parts of the bacterium it will attach to them and it will both slow down the reproduction of the bacteria and stop the stop the cell's metabolic enzymes.

This results in the microorganism from reproducing and eventually destroying them reducing the chances of infection.The Fluromed medical coating contains nano-particles of glass that contain specific metals that when subjected to moisture release silver oxide ions that are antimicrobial in nature. The particles are mixed throughout the coating with particular emphasis on the outer layer to maintain maximum antimicrobial qualities. Glass is used as a medium for its ability to contain the metal ions while continuing to release them as needed when there is moisture present; glass is also used for its lack of reactivity to other chemicals.

Using glass in a medical coating gives it more sustainability because of its non-volatility and high resistance to the heat used for sterilization; it can easily withstand temperatures as high as 500?C. Fluromed has been designed as an additive that can be mixed into more than 500 different coatings and has been tested by a third party testing laboratory for its antimicrobial abilities. These tests were used to confirm that the silver oxide not only were capable of destroying a large variety of bacterium, but also is exceptionally low in toxicity to the human body.Some of the benefits of using silver oxide in a medical coating include the fact that unlike standard antibiotics, microbes cannot develop a resistance to it.

For a microbe to become resistant to it they would have to be capable of simultaneously mutating themselves within a single procedure, this is not possible in most cases. With an antibiotic the microbes have a much longer period of time to build up these immunities raising the risk of infection exponentially.It is possible to apply a medical coating that has Fluromed mixed into it onto almost any medical grade metals, glass, plastic and silicone rubber equipment. Independent laboratory testing confirms that equipment that has this type of coating have a 99 percent microbial bacteria kill rate. They also show that the success rate is not affected by the thickness of the coating. Fluromed® is available from Surface Solutions Group and can be added to many of their medical coatings. This low cost additive can be used to provide excellent antimicrobial properties for most of your medical equipment needs.