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New Monitoring Device For Patient Monitoring

New monitoring device for patient monitoring is applied like a temporary tattoo, without bulky cables, wires and monitors.

New monitoring device for patient monitoring is applied like a temporary tattoo, without bulky cables, wires and monitors.

A study in the journal Science is announcing a new device that could revolutionize the way that patients are monitored, and it could also provide a breakthrough in the computer gaming world.

The new device is thinner than a human hair and is attached to human skin, like a temporary tattoo is, but this device is a sensor which can monitor the heart and brain,  function, and compares well with the more traditional techniques of using cables and wires, attached by sticky pads, and restricting movement in patients.

However, the new device can be stretched or squeezed without a problem, as it is made out of wavy components which can easily adjust to the movements of the skin. The researchers are optimistic that this device will be especially useful for the monitoring of babies, in particular, premature babies, and also for those patients with sleep apnea, where having to wear cables and wires affects sleeping habits to begin with. The tattoo is noninvasive, and will not interfere with activities.

There are drawbacks to the sensor though. because the skin is constantly renewing, a new sensor would have to be applied about every two weeks if long term use was necessary. The device has been worn for 24 hours without causing skin irritation, and without loss of function, so far.

It has also been used for controlling a computer game which could have great impact in the world of these programs.

John Rogers is the co-author of the study and is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is the professor of materials science and engineering, and he says “What we’ve been trying to do is to figure out how to make a class of electronics that is soft and curvilinear, stretchable and deformable like the skin, because if you could do that then you could very naturally integrate that kind of electronics with the surface of the skin.”

Rogers has co-founded the company MC10 which plans to release its first application of this bendable sensor early in 2012.

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