What Is Biofilm?

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Antibiotics alone may be ineffective

  • Biofilms that cause antibiotic resistance are present in up to 85% of microbial infections.16
  • These bacterial biofilms adhere to devices and leads―this makes curing the infection difficult without complete system removal.13
  • Bacteria in biofilms are highly resistant to antibiotics; sometimes requiring a minimum antibiotic concentration 1000 times of that required to kill free-living bacteria.16,17

Higher risk of:

  • Infection Relapse.
  • Prolonged Antibiotic Use.
  • Antibiotic Resistance.
  • Endocarditis.
  • Mortality.

Video courtesy of The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation, Inc.

 
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