Electronic wound dressing releases drugs to help injuries heal

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The smart bandage

This wound-monitoring smart patch could one day be used to speed healing in humans – so far it has been tested in mice and rats

Wei Gao, California Institute of Technology

A stretchy bandage that can monitor wounds, release drugs as needed and perform electrical stimulation has been shown to accelerate healing in rodents.

Wei Gao at the California Institute of Technology and his colleagues have developed the smart sticking plaster from a flexible printed circuit board. The dressing, which is just a few centimetres long, contains electrochemical sensors that analyse a range of biomarkers, including temperature …

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