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Vrad Levering, Qiming Wang, Phanindhar Shivapooja, Xuanhe Zhao and Gabriel P. López Soft Robotic Concepts in Catheter Design: an On-Demand Fouling-Release Urinary Catheter Advanced Healthcare Materials 3

Version of Record online: 25 MAR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201400035

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A new biofouling release method to reduce device infection removes biofilm from the previously inaccessible urinary catheter lumen in proof-of-concept prototypes. It is discovered that mature crystalline biofilms debond from elastomer substrates upon actuation via strain to the substrate, and increasing strain rate increases the efficiency of biofilm detachment.

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