A Monash University student has invented a smart bandage which speeds up wound recovery and changes color to reveal the progress of wound healing. This dressing will lead to more rapid and effective treatment of chronic wounds like leg ulcers.
Researchers created a fabric which changes color in response to temperature - showing changes of less than 0.5 of a degree. Lead inventor Louise van der Werff said, "We expect that, when incorporated into a bandage it will allow nurses to quickly identify healing problems such as infection or interruptions to the blood supply, which are typically accompanied by a local increase or decrease in temperature."
AdvertisementThe discovery could lead to more timely, effective and relevant treatments by doctors and nurses and to limited self-diagnosis by patients allowing faster closure of the wounds. Researchers are looking forward to make a prototype bandage in which the colors have been calibrated to match a particular temperature range.