Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has announced that it is to test a new sensor that monitors how well patients’ wounds are healing.
The award-winning WoundSense moisture sensor helps healthcare staff to check how moist a wound is without removing the dressing.
The device, developed by a company that was set up by a group of bioengineers from the University of Strathclyde, will be used in a trial of soldiers and other military staff who are taken to the Birmingham hospital for treatment.
It will be tested during Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, in which a pump is used to apply suction to the wound via a dressing. This stimulates the healing process by drawing out wound fluid.
The sensor will allow doctors and nurses for the first time to check moisture in their patients’ dressing in real time.