Deploying Innovative Skin Sensors for Wound healing through Oxygen Count Analysis

By CIOReview | Thursday, November 29, 2018

Several new trends have emerged in the healthcare industry today with the assistance of AI and its applications. New innovations and technological developments in healthcare have greatly improved the roles of doctors, patients, and medical staffs in various medical functions like admission, patient care, and checkups. Recently the medical field has developed a new sensor device which can monitor the oxygen levels inside the human body and track the growth of oxygenation, just by scanning the surface of the skin.

Oxygen is a key element to heal wounds and generate or regenerate new and healthy tissues. It is also involved in various biological processes like protein synthesis and cell proliferation which will help in the restoration of tissue functions. These functions of oxygen have pushed the innovators to create a device as a solution to monitor and track the oxygen’s activities in the body.

Oximeters, a fresh and excellent innovative device which is developed by the researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, functions with the help of a sensor that analyzes the status of blood-oxygen levels through scanning. It is a non-invasive method for monitoring process which passes two wavelengths of the light through the body to a photodetector using the light emitting diodes. Oxygen levels are analyzed by observing the absorbance of light with its every wavelength: oxygen-poor blood absorbs more red lights while oxygen-rich blood absorbs more infrared light.

The device helps physicians to find the diagnosis of two conditions: hypoxemia and cyanosis. Hypoxemia refers to a situation of oxygen deficiency, and cyanosis refers to the development of bluish or purplish discoloration of the skin or mucous membranes which shows the low oxygen saturation in the tissues.

The new device is a bendable 3D printed plastic device which has been developed based on organic electronics; the bend to the counters of the body, and the sensors in it measure oxygen levels at nine points within a grid. This device uses reflected light rather than transmitted light. It analyses different conditions like respiration disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea. One of the important advantages of the device is that it collects real-time data on patients’ conditions which allow the physicians to quickly take actions on different wound healing situations. The monitoring can be done with the device anytime anywhere, and that ensures much effective patient monitoring.