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DiFUSION Technologies Completes Successful Testing of Antimicrobial Spinal Implant
Date:1/26/2009

CleanFUZE(TM) antimicrobial device to significantly reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) and potentially save the healthcare system $150 million dollars annually

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- DiFUSION Technologies, Inc., a medical device company targeting the orthopaedic market, has successfully completed a series of laboratory tests of its silver ion-based antimicrobial technology designed to mitigate Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) in spinal surgery. The technology will be incorporated into DiFUSION's first spinal implant CleanFUZE(TM). Laboratory tests validate the controlled antimicrobial release of ionic silver and antimicrobial efficacy, achieving a 5 log reduction in microbial counts which is 99.999% effective. Currently, no antibiotic can achieve this efficacy.

In response to the rising incidence of SSIs within spinal surgery, which have been reported in large studies to range from 2.5% to 13%, DiFUSION has developed CleanFUZE(TM), an antimicrobial PEEK spinal interbody cage capable of stopping biofilm formation in the bone graft site and eliminating 650 types of bacteria including antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA for up to four weeks postoperatively. DiFUSION's solution will not only improve infection ratios, it will also save the patient from additional surgery, weeks of IV antibiotics and in some cases life long exposure to oral suppressive antibiotics, amputation and even death; benefits that will impact surgeons, patients, hospitals and insurance carriers.

"DiFUSION is targeting a problem that costs hospitals and insurance carriers over $100,000 per SSI incidence, and CleanFUZE(TM) has the potential to not only obviate spinal surgical site infections, but also save hospitals millions of dollars a year in associated costs to treat these infections," said Dr. Peter Whang, a member of DiFUSION's scientific advisory board and an Assistant Professor in the Departmen
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