• Gel May Decrease Medical Device Blood Clotting, Infection Risk

    1 month ago - By Discovery's Edge

    As long as there have been medical devices ― mechanisms ranging from stents and tubing to catheters and implants ― patients have faced the risk of infections and blood clots.
    That's because varying types of artificial surfaces can be sticky when placed in the body. Scientists refer to this "stickiness" as the frictional coefficient of the material. In everyday terms, it means that bacteria or blood molecules flowing by in the bloodstream tend to adhere to surfaces more so than to the body's tissues. That's a big problem when it happens to patients, and it's difficult to clear up...
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