Optics, 3. MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
Wounds that fail to heal impact the quality of life of 2.5 % of the total population. The costs of chronic wound care will reach $15–22 billion by 2024. These alarming statistics reveal the financial strain for both the medical industry and society. A solution can be found in compact and accessible sensors that offer real-time analysis of the wound site, facilitating continuous monitoring and immediate treatment, if required. Benefits of these sensors include reduction of cost and can extend the reach of healthcare to remote areas. The progression of a wound site can be closely monitored with holographic optical elements (HOEs) by real-time quantification of wound healing biomarkers, such as oxygen, temperature, pH and lactate. Fabrication of such wound monitoring sensors requires biocompatible, water-resistant photosensitive materials suitable for specific functionalisation with respect to wound analytes.
Stoeva, Pamela; Mikulchyk, Tatsiana; Rogers, Brian; Oubaha, M.; Martin, Suzanne; Cody, Dervil; Ferrara, M.A.; Coppola, G.; and Naydenova, Izabela, "Development of holographic optical elements for use in wound monitoring" (2023). Conference Papers. 46.
European Space Agency, through PEA 4000129503 collaborative project: Wound Healing In Space: Key challenges towards Intelligent and Enabling Sensing platforms.
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