A group of scientists from Swansea University are going to stage a trial (possibly within the next 12 months) for a ‘smart bandage’ that can detect the healing process of a wound and provide messages of this back to doctors.
The bandage is said to work through tiny sensors that can identify blood clotting and infections being placed inside the bandage, allowing information to be sent wirelessly to a doctors phone. By doing this, treatment will be more tailored to the specific individual and their individual wound, thus hopefully making the treatment more successful.
The deal between Swansea University Institute of Life Science and the Welsh Government will cost £1.3 billion and they have aimed to create a 5G test hub. Professor Marc Clement, chairman of the Institute of Life Science said:
“5G is an opportunity to produce resilient, robust bandwidth that is always there for the purpose of healthcare. That intelligent dressing uses nano-technology to sense the state of that wound at any one specific time.
You combine all of that intelligence so the clinician knows the performance of the specific wound at any specific time and can then tailor the treatment protocol to the individual and wound in question.”
At the moment, patients have to go back to their doctor at an agreed time. However, this has caused problems due to the wound being infected or the wound needing more time to heal. This is why the idea of a ‘smart bandage’ is very promising as it is hoped to significantly increase the ease of dealing with wounds and provide efficient treatment likewise.
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