London April 16 (QNA) - Scientists in Swansea University created smart bandages which can detect how well a wound is healing and send a progress report to the doctor. The dressings are infused with tiny sensors which can pick up blood clotting, or spot infections, and wirelessly send data back to a clinician.
Swansea University, who are hoping to start using the bandages within 12 months, said the new technology could offer a personalized approach to medicine, according to the Daily Telegraph. Nowadays, patients with wounds are advised to return to the doctor in a certain about of time. But each case may need a longer time to heal, or may become infected before the visit. Therefore, the smart bandages, which will provide the doctors with reports about the healing process, will help treat wounds more effectively.
Professor Marc Clement, chairman of the Institute of Life Science (ILS), at Swansea, said: "This is a multi-technology approach, nanotechnology, nanoelectronics, printing and coating biochemistry, all interconnecting through 5g infrastructure to allow us tomorrow and in the future to deliver ... better patient outcomes and better quality of life."
The smart bandage will also connects to the patient’s smartphone which will also keep track of factors that prevent healing.
"You combine all of that intelligence so the clinician knows the performance of the specific wound at any specific time and can then tailor the treatment protocol to the individual and wound in question," Clement said. Clinical trials are already underway on similar smart bandages which change color when a wound becomes infected. (QNA)