Biofilms and wound infection research in the US military

Kevin S. Akers*, Joseph C. Wenke, Clinton K. Murray

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recent US military conflicts have involved severe extremity injuries frequently requiring implantation of orthopedic stabilizing devices. Simultaneously, bacterial wound contamination, including by multidrug-resistant organisms, has presented a significant clinical challenge due to reduced antimicrobial treatment options, with an unclear but likely contribution from biofilm formation on implanted devices. In this chapter, we detail investigations conducted by the US military medical research community into wound infections occurring in casualties from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTargeting Biofilms in Translational Research, Device Development, and Industrial Sectors
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030306670
ISBN (Print)9783030306663
StatePublished - 6 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Antimicrobial
  • Biofilm
  • Conflicts
  • Military
  • Research
  • Wound


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