Stickers to save lives of patients?
Medikoe HealthTech Expert
80 feet road indira nagar, Bengaluru Nov 5, 2018
Researchers at Purdue University have created a wearable electronic device made of paper that can easily be attached to the skin and be used to monitor the health. The device can be used to track the health and alert the individual at the time of health risks.
The research, published in ACS Advanced Materials and Interfaces, is about a wearable electronic device that can track the health of the individual. Conditions like a heart surgery can be traumatic for patients and constantly monitoring the health at home can be a tiresome process. Hence, the new device can easily solve the problem as it can simply be attached to the skin to monitor the health. It can also be used by athletes to monitor their health while exercising. The device does not cause any negative effect and can even be worn during sleep to monitor the health parameters.
The researchers at Purdue University used paper to make the device, as it will lower the cost of production. The “smart stickers” are made of cellulose, making it biocompatible and breathable. The stickers are patterned in serpentine shapes, to make them as thin and as stretchable as the skin. The stickers are also covered with molecules that repent oil, water, dust, and bacteria to prevent the paper from degrading. The sticker can easily be manufactured using printing facilities similar to those used to print books.
The research is a promising one and can be very useful for a wide range of people including athletes, those suffering from cardiac problems, etc. The cost of manufacturing the device is low, and the device has no side effects, meaning that it can very easily be adopted all over the world. The stickers can bring a new dimension to health tracking facilities in the near future.