The mysterious part of wearing bandages is that you may never know the progress of your healing until you take them off, which usually means a visit to the doctor. However, Swansea University is planning trials of smart bandages that can detect how your wound is healing and send a progress report to the doctors. It means you may never have to worry about what’s going on underneath.
Bandages that tell your doctor how the wound is healing
Fitted with tiny sensors, these smart bandages can pick up blood clotting, or detect infections, and use 5G technology to find out what treatment may need and send data back to the physicians.
Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science is leading the project, collaborating with the experts at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre.
The smart bandages could help the doctors apply tailor treatment based on how your wound is healing, your location, and your activity. For instance, a patient whose wound is healing fast could get different treatment comparing to a patient whose wound is recovering slowly.
Prof Marc Clement, chairman of the university’s Institute of Life Science (ILS) told BBC, “Sometimes we revere doctors so much that we tell them all is well but all of the evidence is there before them in this 5G world, so the clinician and patient can work together to address the challenge.”
Like all other smart wearables, the bandage also connects with your smartphone, keeping track of other health concerns that may delay healing, such as inactivity or diet.
Well, this isn’t the first time a smart bandage is being developed to prevent infections. Trials for another smart bandage are already underway, which turns yellow if the wound is infected.