Until now, people have been using regular bandages to treat their wounds. With more innovations in the medical industry, in what way will smart disposable bandages impact the industry?
FREMONT, CA: The University of Nottingham has acquired funding to initiate the procedure of developing a disposable smart bandage that has the potential to monitor bio-markers by utilizing fiber optic sensors that display the stage of healing.
This new development will also supervise humidity, temperature, and pH, which will, in turn, assist medical caregivers in determining if an infection is present.
In recent years, the wound that takes beyond four weeks to heal has become pretty common across the world. This goes together with an increase in individuals beyond the age of 65 years old, as well as a rise in type2 diabetes, a key contributor to a non-healing wound.
Though there have been constant enhancements in wound care technologies, the number of cases afflicted non-healing wounds that have led to under the knee amputation is on the peak throughout the United States of America (USA).
Smart bandages hold the potential to monitor the wound healing procedure by examining the wound environment that displays very distinct characteristics at distinct stages of healing. This would minimize the need to remove the bandages and plausibly disturb the wound. In addition, it can also help in creating a more efficient hospital environment since caregivers get the opportunity to minimize the time spent in treating individual patients.
A new technique of utilizing electro-chemical biosensors has been developed by academics at the University of New York at Binghamton. Such a technique is utilized to supervise the lactation and levels of oxygen within the wound.
Can bandages be utilized to heal the wound itself?
Since the bandages are in constant contact with the wound, there is an opportunity for bandages to play an active role in treating injuries as well as contributing to the healing process.
The scientists at the Ohio State University have seized this opportunity. The researchers established a technique of applying electrical pulses.
Researchers have found that this modern technology can be helpful in treating the biofilm infection. They have also found that the electrical pulses are killing bacteria, which typically stunts the process of healing, which leads to amputation.
In the future, bandages can treat and monitor
Recently, Tufts University published their findings in which they experimented with a smart bandage that not only supervises but also treats severe wounds. Besides monitoring the wound, the smart bandage comprises a thermo-responsive hydrogel drug delivery system.