You wouldn’t ride a Bike without a helmet… You wouldn’t drive a Car without a seatbelt… You wouldn’t go into Surgery without a Mask…
So why take risks with Infection control?
Infection Control is a top priority for Trauma Surgeons. Below are
some key statistics and opposite is our patient video, which
highlights the reason infection control and prevention is such a
The impact of infection on patients - Robert's story
In Europe, 3.2 million patients are estimated to receive a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) diagnosis each year, of which an estimated 37,000 have proven to be fatal.4
This leads to 16 million extra-days of hospital stay and costs approximately €7 billion annually across Europe.5
More than 65% of the infections are related to biofilm.6,7 In orthopaedic trauma, an estimated 30% of cases may result in infection 8 , with almost 80% of all open fractures presenting some bacterial contamination.9
Bactiguard Technology is a thin, durable10 and non-eluting
noble metal (gold, silver and palladium alloy coating) that is
designed to firmly attach to the implant surface.
When the coating comes into contact with moisture, the noble metals create a unique galvanic (or battery) effect that generates tiny pico currents on the implant surface, designed to reduce bacterial adhesion and subsequent risk of biofilm formation.
The first Zimmer Biomet product to have the Bactiguard coating will be the ZNN System.
Offering the combination of a unique non antibioticeluting, anti-infective coating with a clinically successful intramedullary nailing system1-3.
This pairing is designed to provide a promising solution for addressing implant-associated infection and improving patient satisfaction and outcomes.
1. CER 10113-01_Zimmer Natural Nail System_29 July 2020
2. CER 122746_06 Cephalomedullary Nail (CMN) Zimmer Natural Nail System.
3. 285122_CL1_E00_00_#01_Affixus Natural Nail System Humeral Nail.
4. World Health Organization. Prevention of hospital-acquired infections. https://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/whocdscsreph200212.pdf, 2021.
5. World Health Organization. Report on the burden of endemic healthcare-associated infection worldwide. ISBN 978 92 4 150150 7, 2011.
6. European Centre for Disease prevention and control. Economic evaluations of interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections. Literature review. Stockholm: ECDC; 2017.
7. Harnandez-Vaquero, D. et al. Treatment of periprosthetic infections: an economic analysis. Scientific World Journal. 2013: 821650, 2013.
8. Review of the clinical safety of Bactiguard coated products.4671-0200-REV, 2021.
9. Kai-Larsen, Yiva. Clinical evaluation report Bactiguard Implants. Vigilenz. VMD-CE-019 v04, 2020.
10. Data on file at Bactiguard (Report 180502, 2018).
*Copies of these are available upon request from Zimmer Biomet.