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      Biofilms and device-associated infections.

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      Emerging Infectious Diseases
      Centers for Disease Control

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          Abstract

          Microorganisms commonly attach to living and nonliving surfaces, including those of indwelling medical devices, and form biofilms made up of extracellular polymers. In this state, microorganisms are highly resistant to antimicrobial treatment and are tenaciously bound to the surface. To better understand and control biofilms on indwelling medical devices, researchers should develop reliable sampling and measurement techniques, investigate the role of biofilms in antimicrobial drug resistance, and establish the link between biofilm contamination and patient infection.

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          Journal
          Emerg Infect Dis
          eid
          Emerging Infectious Diseases
          Centers for Disease Control
          1080-6040
          1080-6059
          Mar-Apr 2001
          : 7
          : 2
          : 277-281
          Affiliations
          Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.
          Article
          10.3201/eid0702.010226
          2631701
          11294723
          ce48ce88-5260-4185-a8be-9c5dce79469d
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          Infectious disease & Microbiology
          Infectious disease & Microbiology

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