Bandage that Indicates Infection

Jun 14, 2011
Researchers from Melbourne created a smart fiber that can be used in bandages to indicate if there is a risk of infection.

Louise van der Werff, the inventor of the innovative bandage and Monash University PhD student says that this invention can significantly reduce the cost of chronic wound care. The fiber is sensitive to temperature changes as small as 0.5 of a degree Celcius and changes its color to indicate the wound problems that are often accompanied by temperature shifts.

When this fiber will be incorporated into a bandage, the infection signs could be easily detected by the color of the fiber. In this case the doctor only needs to compare the color of the fiber with a calibrated chart. Researchers hope that this will be very helpful for health specialists as well as for patients who could self-diagnose the healing problems.
Via Freshscience.org.au