Wound care device to be trial run in Birmingham

Wound care device to be trial run in BirminghamAn award-winning device that monitors how well wounds are healing, bringing faster relief to patients, is set to be used in a new research trial at a hospital in Birmingham.

The WoundSense™ moisture sensor, which was developed by Ohmedics ltd, a company set up by bioengineers at the University of Strathclyde, allows doctors and nurses to check the moisture conditions under a dressing without having to remove it.

WoundSense is a sterile,disposable sensor placed in the wound dressing that monitors whether the wound is moist – the optimum environment for healing – or too dry or wet to heal properly.

now the technology is to be used in a new trial in military personnel requiring wound treatment at the Queen elizabeth hospital in Birmingham. The WoundSense sensor will be used during negative Pressure Wound Therapy to monitor moisture levels in healing wounds without disturbing the dressing.

Professor Patricia Connolly, CeO of Ohmedics and a bioengineer at the University of Strathclyde, is working with lt Col Steven Jeffery, Consultant Plastic Surgeon for the Defence Medical Services, and Dr erin hankin, both based at the Burns Unit in the Queen elizabeth hospital.

lt Col Jeffery said: “We want to provide state-of-the-art treatment for our military personnel and be at the forefront of advances in wound treatment.

“NPWT is an excellent technique but we believe that we can further optimise treatment protocols by understanding moisture levels at the wound and in the dressing during the application of nPWT. Any findings made in this programme will be shared with the wound management community and should be of benefit to many other patients as well as our own personnel.”

NPWT involves the application of suction, via a dressing, to the wound area using a pump. This draws out exudate – wound fluid – and stimulates the healing process. however, before WoundSense came to the market, it was not possible to monitor moisture in a patient’s dressing in real time.

Professor Connolly said: “We have been aware from the early stages of this technology that it would impact widely on wound treatment. in ordinary use the measurement of moisture in a dressing with WoundSense™ allows a nurse or carer to make a decision about changing a dressing without disturbing it.

“This means less trauma for the patient and savings in time and costs for the clinical community. however, the new study is now moving to a new level to optimise advanced treatment regimes such as NPWT and the University and Ohmedics are delighted to be supporting this venture.”