Anti-infective Catheter Fabrication through additive manufacturing

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Catheter associated infections (CAI) are one of the most common issues associated with patients on dialysis. The present approach to prevent CAI involves the use of coated catheters, which are often coated with heparin, silver nanoparticles or pyrogallol. Coatings add another step to the manufacture process and also require a balance between thickness of coating and sufficient drug release. In this project, we set out to create catheters using additive manufacturing (AM) for the first time to our knowledge, specifically by Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) 3D Printing. AM offers the potential to create patient specific catheters, with the potential to varying the drugs loaded in the filaments through hot-melt extrusion (HME).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2020
Event2020 UKICRS Virtual Symposium - Online
Duration: 14 Oct 202014 Oct 2020


Conference2020 UKICRS Virtual Symposium
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  • 3D Printing
  • Catheters
  • Drug Delivery
  • Polymers


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