"Smart Bandage" May Be Able to Reduce Infections of Chronic Wounds and Bedsores

Scientists in Australia have developed the material for creating a bandage that would change colors to indicate that a wound is becoming infected. Its developers say it could lead to speedier and more effective treatments for chronic wounds such as leg ulcers and bedsores.

"The bandage works by changing colour according to temperature. Changes in temperature can indicate inflammation or suggest problems with blood supply, which can lead to infection," says lead inventor and Monash PhD student Louise van der Werff. The bandage would help with early detection and limiting the extent of treatment needed.

The fibers have been turned into fabric, but the fabric still needs to be turned into a full-fledged bandage that will be commercially produced. The ultra heat sensitive fabric can detect changes on less than one half degree. Currently wounds are assessed for temperature variations electronically. The developers of the bandage expect that it will deliver significant cost savings. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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