The Use of Incorporated Silver-Based Antimicrobials in Silicone Medical Devices

White Paper by Gina Sloan, Ph.D., Burke Nelson, Ph.D., Ivan Ong, Ph.D.


The traditional approach to introducing antimicrobial attributes to silicone-based medical devices such as catheter tubing involves coating the surfaces with silver-releasing compounds. Manufacture involving a coating process is time consuming, with difficult quality control and may not serve to control the release of silver well over the duration of device usage in patients.

  Our research shows that by incorporating appropriate silver antimicrobials directly into the silicone matrix during processing, it is possible to offer as good as or better antimicrobial efficacy compared to silver-based coatings.

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