Medical device makers are seeking new material solutions to inhibit bacterial growth and combat the increase in cases of hospital-borne infections. Factors such as the increasing number of hospital acquired infection (HAI) cases and insurance carriers such as Medicare and Medicaid adjusting their coverage policies have lead to greater use of antimicrobial coated medical devices. The impetus on hospitals to reduce the likelihood of these infections is pushing medical device makers to explore new antimicrobial solutions. As a result, antimicrobial additive alternatives including those for silicones are poised for strong growth over the next several years.
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