Nowadays, everything is subject to innovation. Technology has helped people all around the world in some way or the other. From the creation of smartphones to laptops and even electronics cars are being tested out. And now, this startup from Pakistan, Smart Bandage, has made use of technology in medicine in an extremely unique and innovative way; something that has never been done or even thought of.
What is Smart Bandage?
Smart Bandage is a step for the medical community into the future and it is a sign that there are so many aspects that still need to be researched on and improved. This is the idea of a group of the brightest minds in the country; Professor Atif Shamim has a doctorate in electronics and he has published several articles internationally. Waqas Khan is a student at Waterloo, studying product development and technology commercialization. Mian Talha Nasruddin takes care of partnerships at Jazz and has several years’ experience. Mohammed Fahd Farooqui, PhD in electrical engineering from the US and he is specialized in wireless sensors that are printed in 3D. Sohaib Imran specializes in business development and marketing with 8 years of experience. So the team behind Smart Bandage is quite strong and everyone is specialized in the aspect of his contribution to this start-up. The uniqueness of their idea has made it possible for them to even take part in the international Rice Business Plan competition! The idea behind this start-up is innovative and unique. So basically what they plan to do is develop bandages that have built in sensors in them so they can detect the condition of the wound. The bandage is going to be the disposable and low cost!
How does This Medical related Startup work?
This device works in real time and what it does is that it sends the report of the wound on mobiles or tablets to medical staff. It detects the how long it will take the wound to heal, what elements cause the healing process to delay or speed up and to do that it monitors other signs of the body such as temperature, oxygen level, sugar level, whether the wound is infected or not. It uses different types of compact sensors that are printed via inkjet printers and each of them is used to evaluate different signs shown by the human body with respect to the wound. One sensor detects bleeding, the other detects pressure and the last is responsible for pH levels. Evaluating these changes and their effects on the wound are noted and reported to medical staff on their cellphones through the antenna. This evaluation helps the doctor to learn about the patient’s medical condition and how to treat him or her rather than spending time figuring out if a treatment could have an adverse effect on the patient because of a condition he might have which the doctor is unaware of.
What is the future of Smart Bandage?
This revolutionary start-up will sure prove to be a game-changer in the world of medicine. Most of the time people get infections in wounds or succumb to their wounds because either the doctor was unaware of other medical conditions the patient had or he/she diagnosed a different cause than the actual problem at hand and were unable to treat it properly. Now with a technological advancement in medicine like this; a bandage that can basically provide a medical background of the patient to the doctor, things can become a lot easier. Since the doctor is now aware of every condition the patient has, his/her main priority would be to deal with the current wound, keeping in mind the medical history of the patient so that the treatment that is given to the patient causes no reactions or infections. Moreover, little to no time will be spent on going through the whole detail of the patient and he will be treated on time without any reason for delays, no need to fill forms of the patient’s history. Most importantly, if this low-cost sensor bandage is made available on a large scale at local pharmacies, then this can make availability and provision of first aid easier.