FDA OKs silver-coated breathing tube

Nov 08, 2007

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved for marketing a breathing tube coated with silver to be used by patients on ventilators.

FDA officials said the thin silver coating is known to have antimicrobial properties, thereby reducing the risk that patients on ventilators will acquire pneumonia while in the hospital.

The Agento endotracheal tube is intended for patients who must rely on a ventilator to breathe for 24 hours or more. Such patients are at risk of exposure to hospital-acquired bacteria that can accumulate on the tube or pass through the tube into their lungs, eventually causing a lung infection known as ventilator-associated pneumonia, the FDA said.

Fifteen percent of the patients on ventilators develop VAP every year and 26,000 die from the infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The device is manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc. of Murray Hill, N.J.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: Court clears German safety body in breast implant scare

Related Stories

Checklist cuts lethal ventilator-associated lung infections

Feb 17, 2011

the most lethal and among the most common of all hospital-associated infections — dropped by more than 70 percent in Michigan hospitals where medical staff used a simple checklist designed by Johns Hopkins researchers. ...

Recommended for you

Drug and device firms paid $6.5B to care providers

Jun 30, 2015

From research dollars to free lunches and junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals nearly $6.5 billion last year, according to government data posted Tuesday.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.