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Smart bandage attached to sensors on a person's forearm

December 8, 2023

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Smart bandage attached to sensors on a person's forearm

On the Cover

Prototype of a smart bandage equipped with temperature and pH sensors (lower right) printed directly onto the surface of a thin, flexible medical tape. Also shown is the “brain” of the operation: a microprocessor (upper left). When the sensors prompt the microprocessor, it heats up a hydrogel heating element in the bandage, releasing drugs and/or other healing substances on demand. It can also wirelessly transmit messages directly to a smartphone to keep patients and doctors updated.

Photo: tufts university with nih support from niams, nibib & nhlbi

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