Nano-technology bandages to be trialled within the next 12 months
Released on - 21/04/2017
Scientists have state that bandages which can sense how a wound is healing and communicate back to health professionals could be trialled within the next 12 months.
The new technological advancement of Nano-technology bandages would use 5G (5th generation wireless internet systems) in real time to keep a track of the patients wound healing, it would also monitor what treatment is required.
The bandages would use real-time 5G technology to monitor what treatment is needed and also keep track of a patient's activity levels.
The project is being directed by Swansea University's Institute of Life Science.
It creates a part of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City deal which intentions are to produce a 5G test hub for digital innovation.
Professor Clement stated 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.
He added: Traditional medicine may be where a clinician might see a patient and then prescribe the treatment approach for a month or three months.
Specialists in nano-technology would improve the miniscule sensors while 3D printers at ILS would be used to generate the bandages which would keep costs to a minimum. Professor Clement said there is a “honeypot” of one million people in the south west of wales to trial the new bandages through the Arch wellness and innovation project.