How Smart Bandages could Change Healthcare

A wound dressing that detects the first signs of infection is more than just a Band-Aid solution for the University of Victoria researchers who developed it.

University of Victoria bioengineer Mohsen Akbari believes the “smart bandage” could transform wound care and help reduce chronic and deadly infections.

Akbari was lead investigator for a study on the “smart bandage” and associated app that was published Sept. 25 in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials.

The study concluded that the combined pH-sensitive GelDerm wound dressing, which changes colour in the presence of bacteria was as effective as comparable commercially available systems for detecting bacterial infections.

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