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Medical devices, such as catheters, are a useful tool for medical professionals; however, their function can be compromised if bacteria settle around the site of insertion and cause an infection. According to the CDC, catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are responsible for about 75% of all UTIs acquired in a hospital setting. One of the current methods to decrease bacterial adhesion on the surface of a catheter is to alter the surface characteristics of the material with the objective of decreasing bacterial settlement and as a result reduce the occurrence of CAUTIs. In this study, a library of xerogel coatings were created and characterized, and their ability to reduce bacterial (included Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans) settlement was evaluated.
Gadd, Alyssa, "Systematic Design of Xerogel Coatings to Reduce Bacterial Settlement" (2019). Academic Festival Posters. 125.