ANTIBACTERIAL 3D PRINTING, CLINICAL USE Nº8:
The first medical device that takes contact with a newborn is the umbilical clamp, perhaps the simplest medical device that exists, a toothed clip of plastic.
Omphalitis or navel infection occurs in 0.7% of newborns in developed countries and up to 2.3% in developing countries.
The average age of presentation is the third day of life.
However, omphalitis can be extremely serious, given the permeability of the umbilical vessels that persists until approximately 20 days of life (Dr. J. Sepulveda, Pediatrician PUC).
A very effective and low cost solution would be to 3D print an umbilical clamp made entirely of antibacterial material such as PLACTIVE AN2 from Copper3D Antibacterial Innovations.
This material has been validated by the PUCV, which eliminates up to 99.9% of highly pathogenic strains such as Staphylococcus Aureus and Escherichia Coli, just those that most colonize the navel of the newborn.
The digital file of the umbilical clamp can be downloaded for free here: