In our last blog post, we discussed how the healthcare community is losing the war on antibiotic-resistant infections and how hospitals are putting pressure on med-device manufacturers and other suppliers to share in the responsibility. Due to this, in 2016, organizations across the continuum of care will leverage antimicrobials in new, unique ways to better protect patients from these deadly illnesses.
Today, we are going to discuss three trends that will shape the way healthcare thinks about antimicrobials and infection prevention.
Trend #1: Designing for Infection Prevention: The onus of infection prevention has traditionally fallen on hospitals, but with the shift of responsibility within healthcare, med-device manufacturers have an increasingly critical role to play (especially since devices are major conduits of infection). This year, manufacturers will begin to employ infection-prevention strategies much earlier in the lifecycle of a product. They will do this through educating design teams, experimenting with easy-to-clean devices and components, incorporating active surfaces and considering disposable components for reusable devices.
Trend #2: Antimicrobials and Permanent Implants: The healthcare industry has recognized the need for antimicrobial-treaded implants for a while, but it has taken some time for manufacturers to find the right technology and to gain appropriate regulatory approvals to make them a reality. Spurred by changes in reimbursement for surgical-site infections, the availability of antimicrobial-embedded implants will increase rapidly this year.
Trend #3: Antimicrobials and 3D Printing: The use of 3D printing technologies is allowing healthcare to bring a level of personalization to patients that has never before been available. While still in its infancy, 3D-printed implants are now on the market and many hospitals and government agencies are experimenting with the technology. In 2016, the industry will see a drastic rise in the use of antimicrobials within the 3D printing material to ensure the resulting “parts” do not act as conduits of infection.
In our final blog post devoted to 2016 trends, we’ll explore the need for the reevaluation of reusable devices and protecting ALL surfaces (not just medical devices). To read the full article, click below.