Silver Lining Prevents Prosthetic Infections

Silver Lining Prevents Prosthetic Infections
A new silver-based antibacterial lining for prosthetic implants could help reduce the chances of rejection due to infection.

Although prosthetics carry a low risk of infection, implants inserted after an accident bring an increased risk of up to 50 percent. To help reduce this risk, a team from Birmingham University is working on a way to use 3D printing techniques to create bacteria-resistant surfaces for prosthetic implants. To that end, the team will use selective laser melting to fuse layers of powder together, resulting in a porous surface that can be embedded with bacteria-resistant silver.

Image: Brain-controlled, prosthetic arm

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