A bright and inventive high school student, Dasia Taylor, has invented a color-changing suture that can detect early signs of surgical infection. Taylor developed a polyester and cotton mixed thread that changes color when exposed to a higher pH. The thread uses beet vegetables to help pronounce the change in color. The suture works by changing color when exposed to an infected pH - the higher the pH, the darker the suture turns.
Taylor's invention has a great potential to be used in a professional medical environment and could revolutionize the early detection of surgical infections. Taylor's suture invention is a low-cost design and could be an incredible solution to prevent death from infection in developing countries.
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