Monday, August 08, 2005

Breakthrough Nanotechnology Reduces Infection Rates of Medical Devices
Bruce Gibbins, PhD, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Portland based AcryMed, Inc. presented findings on AcryMed's new silver nanoparticle technology, SilvaGard™. Through the discovery of how to create nanoparticles of silver in a solution that are easy to use and tenaciously adhere to surfaces, SilvaGard allows medical device manufacturers to apply antimicrobial silver to device surfaces in a uniform, non-hazardous and cost effective manner. For the first time, antimicrobial products can be created that are chemically and dimensionally unchanged, thus retaining all of their intended properties.

SilvaGard has already been licensed for its first medical device application and is currently in production.

“This is an important step forward in the fight against a serious public health problem-hospital related infections,” stated Jack McMaken, president and CEO of AcryMed. “There are two million hospital acquired infections annually in this country--90,000 result in death. About half of these infections are associated with catheters and other percutaneous devices that provide a support surface for organisms to track into deeper tissue. A typical infection can cost as much as $47,000 per patient to treat. Our SilvaGard treatment provides a legitimate solution to many of these hospital related, life threatening infections by preventing the formation of biofilms on medical devices.”
How conscious are we about ascending infections up Foley catheters and phlebitis and cellulitis caused by IV catheters? This type of technology may do away with the practice of changing IV sites every 2-3 days. A great boon for the patients.