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Title: Sensor Interface for Preventing Tissue Damage
Invention: Inventors at the University of Arizona have developed a sensor interface designed to detect and prevent tissue damage. The device is attached to the subject’s skin, senses and identifies regions within the skin-contact surface at risk for damage from these stressors, and then makes adjustments to those regions in order to prevent tissue damage.
Background: Tissue damage can result from prolonged exposure to a variety of stressors including pressure, moisture, shear, temperature, pH levels and other factors. A number of topical treatments are used to care for skin damage, but only once the damage has been done. As a means of detecting and preventing tissue damage, Dr. Marvin Slepian has developed a technology that is capable of sensing potential risk for damage via attachment the user.
- Hospital beds and patients prone to bed sores
- Maintaining temperature via blankets, clothing, etc.
- Athletic clothing and/or equipment
- Compression equipment for diabetics
- Capable of detecting stressors that may be damaging to tissues, which prompts a response in order to alleviate them
- Could help patients with reduced sensation or who have difficulty moving who may be more prone to bedsores or other morbidities
- Provides a safer and less labor-intensive alternative
- Capable of taking readings over specific areas of the skin that are most at risk for damage due to certain stressors
- Stressors can be responded to in a more precise way than would be possible without the sensors
- Capable of being programmed and then providing data feedback
- Able to interact with computer systems, including electronic medical records
- Potential to allow data gathered by the sensor system to be used to fine-tune specific treatments for each patient