Posted: June 26th, 2017

An infection in a central venous access device is not eliminated by giving antibiotics through the catheter. How would bacterial glycocalyx contribute to this?

An infection in a central venous access device is not eliminated by giving antibiotics through the catheter. How would bacterial glycocalyx contribute to this?

A. It protects the bacteria from antibiotic and immunologic destruction.
B. Glycocalyx neutralizes the antibiotic rendering it ineffective.
C. It competes with the antibiotic for binding sites on the microbe.
D. Glycocalyx provides nutrients for microbial growth.

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