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Smart Stitches Sown into Wounds Tell Doctors about Healing Process

If wounds could talk, it'd look something like Smart Stitches, the creation of a team of scientists from Tufts University. 

According to the research published in the Microsystems and Nanoengineering Journal, special threads are used to not only close wounds, but send information to medical staff about the healing process using small amounts of electricity in a system of sensors.

The data is based on changes regarding the health of the tissue as healing progresses, and the stitching used can be used to monitor a number of things including:

  • Strain placed on muscles
  • Temperature
  • PH of a wound
  • Glucose concentration 
  • Pressure

These sensors then send the data to a database accessible via computer. This information could really help change the way doctors treat patients. 

For example, if a sensor communicates that the pH is too acidic deep into a wound, it usuall