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Nov
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Smart Band Aid


According to this article, clinical trials have begun of a smart plaster – a sensor-studded band aid that wirelessly monitors vital signs. Once stuck to a patient’s chest, the band aid monitors heart rate, blood pressure and other health indicators. Its creators hope it will eventually take over from the wired devices that limit a patient’s movement. As well as monitoring standard vital signs, the gadget can be tuned to capture far more subtle indicators of a patient’s condition.

Initial trials will test the integrity of the data being gathered and transmitted by the plaster to ensure it gives accurate readings of a patient’s condition. The basic device monitors temperature, heart rate and respiration. The second series of trials will see it placed on patients who are recovering from minor illnesses and assess how it fares when the patient has a shower or an x-ray.

The smart plaster was developed at Imperial College by Professor Chris Toumazou who wanted a way to improve the range of data that can be gathered from a patient that did not involve festooning them with more wires and dermal patches.

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