New Smart Bandages with Electric Pulses Are Pacing a New Way of Treating Wounds
Wounds or injuries is a common thing which may take place while doing our day to day activities. From the past few years, the wounds that take around four weeks to heal have widespread across the word. This co-occurs with an increase in the elderly, along with a rise in type 2 diabetes. The sugar disease is a primary contributor to the non-healing wound. Various technologies for wound care are getting better, the number of cases of infected non-healing wounds, that has resulted in knee amputation, is increasing across the US and UK. New technologies like smart bandages have the potential to oversee the injury while healing. It also assesses the wound circumstances that offer very distinct features at every other phase of healing. Use of such smart bandages may cut off the step to take out bandages which likely disturbs the wound.
Even more, the use of smart bandages assists in developing a more effective hospital environment as health providers can lessen the time spent curing a particular patient. The academics at the Binghamton’s University of New York, have rolled out a new way of using electrochemical biosensors. This latest method of wound healing can automatically monitor oxygen and lactation levels of the wound. There is a possibility of treating the wound itself by using bandages as they get stuck with the wound. The researchers at Ohio State University have seized the opportunity and developed a way of implementing electrical pulses. According to scientists, this new method may help in curing the biofilm infection. It is because electric pulses can kill bacteria that usually would affect the healing process and mostly result in the removal of the body part.
Nottingham University has gained funds to begin the process of building a dispensable smart bandage. Those smart healing gears utilize fiber optic sensors to observe bio-makers that specify the phase of healing. Currently, Tufts University is experimenting on a smart bandage. Also, it has published their discovery in testing with a smart dressing that can cure severe wounds along with monitoring it. Even more, the smart bandage can sense the temperature as well as the pH of the affected area. It also consists of a thermo-responsive hydrogen drug deploying system which is a mechanism that deploys medicine in the wound.