Wearable electronics for skin wound monitoring and healing

Shubham Patel, Faheem Ershad, Min Zhao, Roslyn Rivkah Isseroff, Bin Duan, Yubin Zhou, Yong Wang, Cunjiang Yu

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Abstract

Wound healing is one of the most complex processes in the human body, supported by many cellular events that are tightly coordinated to repair the wound efficiently. Chronic wounds have potentially life-threatening consequences. Traditional wound dressings come in direct contact with wounds to help them heal and avoid further complications. However, traditional wound dressings have some limitations. These dressings do not provide real-time information on wound conditions, leading clinicians to miss the best time for adjusting treatment. Moreover, the current diagnosis of wounds is relatively subjective. Wearable electronics have become a unique platform to potentially monitor wound conditions in a continuous manner accurately and even to serve as accelerated healing vehicles. In this review, we briefly discuss the wound status with some objective parameters/biomarkers influencing wound healing, followed by the presentation of various novel wearable devices used for monitoring wounds and accelerating wound healing. We further summarize the associated device working principles. This review concludes by highlighting some major challenges in wearable devices toward wound healing that need to be addressed by the research community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
JournalSoft Science
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Wearable electronics
  • sensors
  • wound healing
  • wound monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)

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