In any sort of injury or surgery, patients are almost always vulnerable to infections. This infection can lead to serious organ damage if not detected in time.
To reducing this risk, scientists at the University Of Bath have developed a smart dressing that can detect the presence of infectious bacteria hours ahead of traditional methods.
It does so by looking for Biofilm, a slimy substance which houses the dangerous bacteria. The dressing reacts with the biofilm and turns a bright fluorescent color, thereby indicating the starting of an infection.
The dressing was tested against several common infectious bacteria’s, and it was successful in immediately detecting them all.
The results as well as the research have been published on ACS for further review. It may take a lot of time before all the required testing is done before it hits the market, but that’s a necessary sacrifice to make in order to maintain quality control.
Once it does get ready for humans, it will understandably revolutionize the way we deal with infections. Until that happens, all we can do is wait for more updates.