Fortified interpenetrating polymers – bacteria resistant coatings for medical devices

Seshasailam Venkateswaran, Orlando David Henrique Dos Santos, Emma Scholefield, Annamaria Lilienkampf, Peter J. Gwynne, David G. Swann, Kevin Dhaliwal, Maurice P. Gallagher, Mark Bradley

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Infections arising from contaminated medical devices are a serious global issue, contributing to antibiotic resistance and imposing significant strain on healthcare systems. Since the majority of medical device-associated infections are biofilm related, efforts are being made to generate either bacteria-repellent or antibacterial coatings aimed at preventing bacterial colonisation. Here, we utilise a nanocapsule mediated slow release of a natural antimicrobial to improve the performance of a bacteria repellent polymer coating. Poly(lauryl acrylate) nanocapsules containing eugenol (4-allyl-2-methoxyphenol) were prepared and entrapped within a interpenetrating network designed to repel bacteria. When coated on a catheter and an endotracheal tube, this hemocompatible system allowed slow-release of eugenol, resulting in notable reduction in surface-bound Klebsiella pneumoniae and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5405-5411
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry B: Materials for biology and medicine
Issue number32
Early online date18 Jul 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2016


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