Clinical trial for wound care device
Our WoundSense™ moisture sensor, developed by spin-out company Ohmedics Ltd, allows doctors and nurses to check moisture conditions under a dressing without having to remove it.
The WoundSense™ moisture sensor is being used in a research trial at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham – to assist military personnel requiring wound treatment.
The award-winning device that monitors how well wounds are healing, bringing faster relief to patients, was developed by Ohmedics Ltd, a company set up by Strathclyde bioengineers.
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.
Lead researcher Patricia Connolly, CEO of Ohmedics Ltd, 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 and the University and Ohmedics are delighted to be supporting this venture.
The WoundSense sensor will be used during Negative Pressure Wound Therapy to monitor moisture levels in healing wounds without disturbing the dressing.