Chronic wounds represent a significant healthcare burden, costing approximately $25 billion annually in the United States alone. The researchers’ new development is designed to make the problem less acute.
The dressing is made of a flexible and elastic polymer with embedded electronics and drugs. Sensors inside the dressing monitor the patient’s condition such as temperature, inflammation and the presence of bacterial infection.
The device can be connected to a smartphone or computer to transmit wound status data. Additionally, it can release antibiotics directly to the treatment site and apply a low-level electric field to stimulate tissue growth.
According to experts, the next stage of the study will be testing the bandage’s effectiveness in humans.
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