New Medical Device Coating Can Stave Off Infections

Jun 8, 2018

UGA engineer Hitesh Handa has developed a new coating for medical devices that releases nitric oxide, a gas naturally found in the body that keeps blood flowing and staves off infection.
Credit University of Georgia

According to the CDC, one in 25 patients contract an infection from central lines, catheters or other medical devices during a hospital stay. As the threat antibiotic-resistant bacteria grows, hospitals are working to reduce these healthcare-related infections.


On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how a biofilm coating developed by UGA researchers can prevent harmful bacteria from forming on common medical tools in the first place.