This smart suture can monitor wound conditions in real time

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It's inevitable that bumps will happen. Needle stitch removal is a common experience in life. In an Internet society where all things are smart, it's no surprise that the idea of ​​sutures is intelligent.

Researchers at Tufts University in the United States have really developed a new kind of suture that can monitor the healing of wounds and send data to doctors, not just ordinary skin injuries, organs and even bone grafts. Entry can be monitored using the same principle.

In Microsystems & Nanoengineering magazine, scientists explained the principle of this suture. It is composed of cotton and synthetic fabrics. The suture is made of conductive material. The cotton has conductive ink. Because the suture contacts the skin tissue, combined with other materials, the scientists can use the suture of the coating to detect. The pressure, temperature, pH, blood sugar level, etc. to the skin. Through these data, doctors can remotely determine the recovery of wounds. The data supports mobile or PC transmission.

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According to Pooria Mostafalu, the first author of the paper, the wire is characterized by its low cost, thinness, flexibility, and ability to connect tissues through its ability to conduct liquids.

So far, implantable devices are usually two-dimensional, and even flat shapes require specialized processing and are expensive.

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Sameer Sonkusale, director of the Nanolab at Tufts University, said: "This type of suture-based device can be used for surgical implantation, smart bandage monitoring, or personalised health testing of fabrics."

Although this suture is still a certain distance from the production, but at least from the technical point of view, it has already taken an important step on the basis of the ordinary spinning line.

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