IDTechEx Research has published “Advanced Wound Care Technologies 2018-2028,” a report that explores a few connected devices that may play a role in preventing chronic wounds of pressure ulcers (PUs) and diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs).
Pressure ulcer prevention products include the Sensible Care system from MedicusTek and the Leaf Sensor from Leaf Healthcare.
Sensors for the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers include smart socks and insoles that are designed to help people with diabetes take a more active role in the care of their feet, whether by modifying their behavior or by the early detection of injuries, according to a media release from IDTechEx.
These include the SurroSense Rx shoe from Orpyx, smart socks from Siren, smart insoles from Bonbouton, and smart socks from Footfalls & Heartbeats along with the University of Nottingham.
In the report, it is suggested that the prevention of PUs and DFUs via these products has the potential to save patients years of poor health and healthcare systems billions of dollars per year. In addition, the report suggests, the prevention of DFUs could help prevent lower-limb amputations, with more than 85% of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations preceded by a DFU.