Bandages which can detect how a wound is healing and send messages back to doctors could be trialled within the next 12 months, scientists have said.
The bandages would use real-time 5G technology to monitor what treatment is needed and also keep track of a patient’s activity levels.
The work is being led by Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science.
It forms part of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City deal which aims to create a 5G test hub for digital innovation.
Prof Marc Clement, chairman of the Institute of Life Science (ILS), said: “5G is an opportunity to produce resilient, robust bandwidth that is always there for the purpose of healthcare.
‘Tailor treatment’
“That intelligent dressing uses nano-technology to sense the state of that wound at any one specific time.
“It would connect that wound to a 5G infrastructure and that infrastructure through your telephone will also know things about you – where you are, how …
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