Silver Coated Scaffold Fights Bone Infections

Silver Coated Scaffold Fights Bone Infections
A tissue scaffold made with a dose of the patient’s own stem cells could help prevent bone infections.

Bone infections have become more difficult to treat as MRSA has become more prevalent. To help speed healing while also warding off disease, an international team of researchers developed a scaffold structure using a common implant polymer, which they then coated with silver ion and stem cells (potentially the patient's) that could be triggered to produce bone cells. The silver helps prevent infections while the stem cells produce bone, and the scaffold degrades over time, leaving only the natural tissue behind.

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