Background

Scientists from Liverpool John Moores University achieved a major breakthrough in wearable sensor technology in 2013.

They developed sensors that can be woven into any garment, allowing doctors to monitor a patient’s vital signs such as heart rate, blood oxygen levels and temperature, in a way that is non-invasive, wireless and battery-free.

Invisible and undetectable to the wearer, these sensors are highly sensitive and can transmit their readings in real time to devices located many metres away.

Approaching LCR 4.0

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Partner Support

The traditional hospital identity bracelet could eventually be adapted to include this sensor technology, and garments could be developed for people with dementia, giving care workers a non-invasive way of monitoring their health and wellbeing.

Ultimately, whether worn in the hospital or at home, this technology could represent significant potential cost-saving advantages for the NHS and could also improve patient care.

Working into the future

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Results

Flexible sensor can be embedded in plastic or into a bracelet for the non-invasive monitoring of diabetes.

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