Sciessent Medical Blog

The Science Behind Antimicrobials (Part Two)

Posted by Administrator on Jun 8 2016


An average of two million people becoming ill with antibiotic-resistant infections each year in the U.S. – and surfaces, including medical devices, are a common source of these infections. Because of that, healthcare is turning to antimicrobial-treated medical devices and surfaces to combat infections before they infect the patient.

As we discussed in our last blog, we are often asked about the science behind antimicrobials – not do they kill, but rather how do they kill. Our CTO, Jeff Trogolo, compiled an FAQ that explains just how antimicrobials kill. Some of the questions include: 

What type of antimicrobials does Sciessent provide? Learn about why silver ions – a naturally occurring element – are one of the most powerful antimicrobial agents available.

Why are silver ions so effective? Discussing the makeup of a bacterial cell, Jeff explains how silver-based antimicrobials inactivate the cell and prevent it from dividing.

Can silver ions harm humans? There are some misconceptions about antimicrobials and their safety with humans. Jeff discusses how silver never has the opportunity to make contact with anything “important” within mammalian cells.


To read “Antimicrobial Science 101” in its entirety, download it below.

Download The Q&A

Topics: Antimicrobials, medical device, HAIs, healthcare