Susceptibility of Vascular Implants to Colonization in vitro by Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Enterococcus faecalis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa


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Polish Journal of Microbiology

Polish Society of Microbiologists

Subject: Microbiology


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Susceptibility of Vascular Implants to Colonization in vitro by Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Enterococcus faecalis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Witold Woźniak / Aleksandra Kozińska / Piotr Ciostek / Izabela Sitkiewicz *

Keywords : biofilm, graft infection, Omniflow II, porcine pericardial patch, vascular implant

Citation Information : Polish Journal of Microbiology. Volume 66, Issue 1, Pages 125-129, DOI:

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Received Date : 13-January-2017 / Accepted: 02-February-2017 / Published Online: 30-March-2017



We compared association of Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterococcus faecalis with nine vascular implants after co-culture. Vascular implants were composed of various materials such as warp knitted polyester (with or without gelatin and silver ions), expanded polytetrafluoroethylene and biological materials – surface treated porcine pericardial patch and Omniflow II. The lowest overall number of associated bacteria was detected for polytetrafluoroethylene implants and porcine pericardial patch. The highest overall number of associated bacteria was detected for Omniflow II implant. The major source of variation, i.e. primary factor influencing colonization, is the implant type (56.22%), bacterial species is responsible for only 1.81%, and interaction of those two factors – 13.09% of variation.

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