Emerging technologies such as sensors, electronic devices, imaging systems, and many more play a crucial role in diagnosing and treating chronic wounds.
FREMONT, CA: Our body is designed with the tremendous ability to heal itself. However, some chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), venous leg ulcers (VLU), and pressure ulcers (PU) often require treatments as they are non-healing wounds. The following trends can effectively treat non-healing wounds, such as:
• Early diagnosis for detection of pathological bacterial infection
• Kits and devices to streamline and reduce the difficulty of wound care
• Connected devices and sensors to enhance patient monitoring and care effectiveness
• Devices to bring increased healing rates into the home
• Connected devices and sensors for ulcer prevention
Current studies on wound care prove the availability of numerous technologies for its management. The crucial component of wound management is regular debridement. However, devitalized tissue in wounds produces a physical barrier to new tissue formation and decreases healing rates. Ultrasonic probes for debridement remove the devitalized tissue through microstreaming and cavitational effects. It is a promising technology that disperses bacterial biofilms, thereby stimulating wound healing. The novel point-of-care fluorescence imaging device is a non-invasive device that visualizes potentially harmful bacteria that are invisible to the naked eye, and it can be widely utilized for bacterial management.
The innovative, intelligent insole system will be useful in reducing diabetic foot ulcer recurrence in patients. The deployment of sensors in smart beds and shoes for ulcer prevention monitors compression pressure, and the sensor information is collected to actuate uniform pressure distribution. In addition to this, the pressure distribution mechanism cures bedsores, as well. The new bioelectronic devices track the progress of wounds and stimulate healing processes in real-time to optimize tissue repair and regeneration, thereby improving healing rates.
Also, negative pressure wound therapy with instillation promotes wound healing in critically ill patients with large scars where the instillation feature and specialized dressings allow solutions to penetrate the wound for prolonged contact. The development of lasers provides a novel 3D laser technology for digital wound imaging and accurate 3D wound measurement.