The impact of silver nanoparticle-coated and antibiotic-impregnated external ventricular drainage catheters on the risk of infections: a clinical comparison of 95 patients.

@article{Lemcke2012TheIO,
  title={The impact of silver nanoparticle-coated and antibiotic-impregnated external ventricular drainage catheters on the risk of infections: a clinical comparison of 95 patients.},
  author={Johannes Lemcke and Felix Depner and Ullrich Meier},
  journal={Acta neurochirurgica. Supplement},
  year={2012},
  volume={114},
  pages={347-50}
}
BACKGROUND Infection, i.e. meningitis or ventriculitis, is a major complication of external ventricular drainage (EVD). In order to prevent this complication rifampin-impregnated and clindamycin-impregnated silicone catheters and EVDs impregnated with nanoparticles of silver and an insoluble silver salt have been developed. Sparse data are published concerning the efficacy of these catheters in reducing bacterial colonization. METHODS Between July 2003 and June 2006, 95 patients (age range 12… CONTINUE READING

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