The new infection-indicating dressing on a healthy skin sample (R) and on an infected skin sample (L). The dressing in contact with infected skin glows under UV light
Dr. Toby Jenkins of the University of Bath using a plasma reactor to deposit antimicrobial coatings
Serious burns can lead to infection and potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Once an infection sets in, it is vital to begin treatment quickly to avoid or minimize a transition to TSS. The problem is, removing dressings to check for infection can be painful, slow the healing process and increase the chance of scarring. A prototype dressing developed by chemists at the University of Bath in the UK alerts doctors to the first signs of infection by glowing under ultraviolet (UV) light.
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