Intravenous products: Scientists have designed a dressing that changes colour to indicate the prescence of infection. Could this be a look into the future of IV dressings? Infection Control Today report “Whether a small cut with a knife, a surgical wound or a major injury caused by a fall the body’s defense and repair system leaps into action and tries to close the wound as quickly as possible. Small injuries usually heal within a few days, but a gaping wound will take longer to heal, and an infection can take hold even after several days. Dressings protect the site of the injury but to check the wound they have to be removed. This can be painful for the patient and moreover it risks giving germs the chance to enter and cause infection.
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich have developed dressing materials and plasters which indicate pathological changes in the skin. If an infection is present, the color of the dressing changes from yellow to purple.”