'Smart Sutures' Can Collect and Send Data About Patient Recovery

By: Hayley McGlone - Jul 20, 2016
References: popsci
Researchers at Tufts University have invented 'smart sutures' that are capable of tracking the healing process of a wound. Researchers embedded electronics, microfluidics and nano-scale sensors to create diagnostic sutures. The research craft thread can collect diagnostic data that can be relayed back to the patient's doctor. The thread can track tissue temperature, pH and glucose levels, as well as stress and strain on the wound, and even detect if an infection is beginning.

The data is wirelessly sent to either a smartphone or a computer that allows for a doctor to check on their patients recovery without requiring an in-office visit. Researchers believe that the smart sutures could potentially be used for organs and orthopedic implants. The high-tech sutures could change how the medical field takes care of wounds, especially in regards to preventing infections.