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New Bandage Can Predict Wounds Before They Actually Appear

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 05, 2015

A new type of bandage combines adhesive and thin, flexible electronics to detect pressure wounds before they fully form. The bandage was developed by a team of researchers at University of California, Berkeley, who took advantage of the change in an electric field produced by dying cells. The thin adhesive and electronic film can detect the changes from dying cells and indicate which areas are damaged. This “smart bandage” could be a non-invasive way to monitor wounds and prevent bedsores from forming. Bedsores result in longer hospital stays and dangerous complications. With this technology, sores could be prevented and at the same time, patients would not be subject to unnecessary moves because staff would know when a sore is in danger of forming. Nurses could use the adhesive bandages for periodic checks or incorporate them into dressings to monitor healing in existing wounds.

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