Updated on 20 March 2015
Smart band-aid which costs $100 per patch, will have 7 to 10 days of battery life (PC: www.mashable.com)
Singapore: At a recent tech gathering, the US Agency for International Development unveiled two new innovations that could help care givers and doctors to safely treat Ebola patients. The two innovations include a biomedical suit developed by the John Hopkins lab and a wearable device called the ‘Smart band-aid.'
Ms Wendy Taylor of the USAID Center for Accelerating Innovation Researchers explained that the biomedical suit had an inbuilt cooling system and was a one-piece garment that could be worn in two minutes. In contrast, the conventional suits are complicated, multi-piece numbers that take 30 minutes to put on. They are hot, uncomfortable and doctors could only wear them for 45 minutes at a time.
Ms Taylor said that the Smart band-aid had a multi-memory sensor that could be attached to the sternum of a patient with an adhesive (like a Band-Aid). The device will help in recording baseline vital rating-heart rate, temperature and oxygen saturation.
Ms Taylor further mentioned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is far from over. She said that officials and researchers are striving to find smart solutions that can help ensure the safety of caregivers and offer more comprehensive care to patients.