New patch tracks heart and biochemical parameters simultaneously

Researchers have developed an elastic patch that contains a range of sensors that track a variety of vital signs..

Over time, advances in flexible electronics technology will allow some devices to be replaced with discreet e-skin stickers. A new achievement in this direction for the team from the University of California at San Diego.

Scientists have created the first wearable device that can simultaneously monitor heart rate, blood pressure, and the concentration of ethanol, caffeine, glucose and lactate in the blood. For this, integrated electrochemical and ultrasonic sensors are used..

Such a patch allows you to analyze a lot of information about a person’s condition in a non-invasive way and without the need for physical contact, which is especially convenient during periods of an epidemic. In addition to the healthcare sector, the device can be used by athletes and the military..

During the tests, the patch data was compared with the readings of individual instruments to measure each parameter. It showed accurate results even when the structure was deformed..

New patch tracks heart and biochemical parameters simultaneously

The main drawback of the current prototype is that it operates from an external power source and transfers data to a computer. However, the team is already working on improving it, getting rid of wires and reducing power consumption..

Biochemical Markers of Heart Attack – English

We also previously reported on the development of «smart» a dressing that identifies and destroys an infection in a wound.

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: University of California – San Diego

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