new 3D printed bandage can help doctors monitor a patient's wound

Doctors will soon be able to monitor patients’ wounds without disrupting the healing process thanks to a new 3D printed bandage created by researchers at Swansea University. The special bandage uses nano-sized sensors to wirelessly inform doctors about how the blood is clotting and if there are any infections present.

The doctor isn’t the only one who will benefit, as the information will also be transmitted using 5G data to an app on the patient’s smartphone. Even better, the actual bandage will start to change color if there is an infection present, signaling them that it’s time to return to the doctor.

While the 3D printed bandage is still in the clinical trial phase, researchers are hopeful that they will eventually be available to healthcare providers at a cost-effective rate.

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