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Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid

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The flexible smart bandage and accompanying app.

A new smart bandage developed by researchers at the University of Glasgow is the first smart bandage to use sensors that simultaneously measure how much strain is being put on the skin and the patients temperature, which can affect the healing process.

Credit: BEST group/University of Glasgow

A smart bandage developed by researchers at Scotland's University of Glasgow could reduce the number of in-person doctor's visits required for patients with open wounds.

The clear, flexible adhesive patch applies pressure to aid healing and uses sensors to measure the amount of strain on the skin and the patient's temperature.

That data is transmitted wirelessly via a near-field communication tag to a smartphone app developed by the researchers, which can send the data to healthcare providers to determine whether the bandage is providing the correct amount of pressure, or whether the patient has a fever that could indicate an infection.

The bandage also can monitor the lung function of patients with respiratory conditions or who are on a ventilator, and detect symptoms of Covid-19.

Notifications from the app could help speed testing and prevent patients with Covid-19 from infecting others.

From IEEE Spectrum
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