A bandage inspired by natural skin monitors the wound in real time to offer a less invasive way to speed healing.
Developed by a team from Binghamton University, the bandage’s sensor is made up of a gold, open mesh that mimics the structure of the skin. The thin, flexible sensor will remain in contact with the skin, where it will monitor the concentrations of lactate and oxygen at the wound site—two biomarkers of wound healing. This minimally invasive monitoring will lessen the need to remove the dressing, reducing patient discomfort and disturbances to the wound.
The team believes the sensor could eventually find its way into implants able to monitor organs from inside the body.
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