This Med-Tech Bandage can detect how a wound is healing and send messages back to doctors and could be trialled within the next 12 months, scientists have said.Medical technology, encompasses a wide range of healthcare products and is used to diagnose, monitor or treat diseases or medical conditions affecting humans.
Such technologies (applications of medical science) are intended to improve the quality of healthcare delivered through earlier diagnosis, less invasive treatment options and reductions in hospital stays and rehabilitation times.The bandages would use 5G technology to monitor what treatment is needed and also keep track of a patient’s healing rate.
The work is being led by Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science.It forms part of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City deal which aims to create a 5G test hub for digital innovation.Video on the Deal..
The university’s research unit says the products will be trialled over the coming 12 months and it hopes they will be able to offer a personalised approach to medicine.A patient is normally advised to return to his GP within a certain amount of time. But each case is variable and some wounds require more time than others to heal,while some may become infected before the visit.
How Does it Work?
That intelligent dressing uses nano-technology to sense the state of that wound at any one specific time.It would connect that wound to a 5G infrastructure and that infrastructure through your telephone will also know things about you – where you are, how active you are at any one 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.
The 3D-printed bandages will use 5G wireless data and nano-sensors to relay details of the patient’s progress.Prof Marc Clement, chairman of the Institute of Life Science (ILS), said: “5G is an opportunity to produce resilient, robust bandwidth that is always there for the purpose of healthcare.
Prof Clement said experts at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre are also involved in the project and trials would go through the Arch wellness and innovation project in south west Wales where there is a “honey pot” of one million people to carry out such tests.
“This is a multi-technology approach, with nanotechnology, nanoelectronics, printing and coating biochemistry all interconnecting through 5G infrastructure to allow us tomorrow and in the future to deliver health care for a wound patient that delivers better patient outcomes and better quality of life.”
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