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New sensor to prevent pressure sores

Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor – dubbed a ‘second skin’ – which could prevent dangerous sores, reports [s]BBC News[/s]. The technology is being developed initially for amputees who suffer rubbing against their artificial limbs. But, if the [b]Southampton University[/b] work is successful the sensors may also be used for others at risk, such as wheelchair-users and those confined to bed. Pressure sensors are already used, but this [b]Medical Research Council[/b]-backed project – in partnership with the prosthetics firm [b]Blatchford[/b] – differs in that it is able to detect rubbing as well as downward pressure.

[link url=http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26891863]Full BBC News report[/link]

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