Students at Taiwan’s National University have recently used 3D-printing to make a digital “band-aid”. This technological “band-aid” is actually a device that monitors a patient’s vital signs, collects, stores, and reports data for the doctors to better assess their patient’s condition in different environments and conditions (physical exertion, stress, etc.). Most patients undergoing in-patient wound-care have too many cords attached to their bodies, preventing them from escaping their hospital rooms to go outside or exercise. In addition to the vital sign monitors, the 3D band-aid features an accelerometer, thermometer, and microphone so that the patient may call for help if needed or record verbal notes about their condition. The 3D-printed band-aid could change the entire in-patient experience, not to mention provide a better, all-encompassing quality of care.
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