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A Smart Bandage for Monitoring Healing Wounds

Smart bandages featured

These wound dressings provide information about the healing process, Via Intelligentliving

Every year, 500,000 amputations take place due to chronic or hard-to-heal wounds – which are those that take longer than six weeks to heal. They inflict a substantial economic burden on health care systems worldwide as well, with over $28 billion in Medicare costs annually in the US alone.

Over 6.5 million people in the US suffer from such wounds. They include soldiers and veterans with hard-to-heal blast wounds from explosions and people with chronic wounds like diabetic ulcers. These patients require continual monitoring by a healthcare professional. The status of the injury must be known at all times.

To make this easier, a couple of bright ideas have been developed. One is a bandage by UC Santa Cruz collaborating with UC Davis, and Tufts University researchers with mHealth sensors designed to help serious wounds heal faster and more effectively. The sensor-embedded smart bandage includes a remote patient monitoring platform so healthcare professionals can track the wound’s progress.

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