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Development of wearable sensors for tailored patient wound care

Milne, Stephen D. and Connolly, Patricia and Al Hamad, Hanadi and Seoudi, Ihab (2014) Development of wearable sensors for tailored patient wound care. In: 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). IEEE, Piscataway, New Jersey, United States, pp. 618-621.

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Abstract

In recent years a specialist interest has developed worldwide in advanced wound management for difficult to heal chronic wounds. Further progress in advanced wound management will require an improvement in personalized medicine for the patient and in particular an improvement in the availability of diagnostic tests and parameters that fulfil clinical need in wound management decisions. However, without easy to use sensors for nurses and carers these potentially important near-patient diagnostic parameters will not enter clinical diagnostics. This study focuses on a number of metrics for wound condition and wound healing: wound fluid pH, wound moisture, and wound matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) enzyme activity. To observe these important markers state of the art sensors have been developed that are based on inexpensive sensing technologies that can be integrated within wound dressings. These sensors will enable the wound healing markers to be studied and profiled in clinics which will further enhance the understanding of these markers and their relationship in the complex healing process involved in chronic wound healing.