Medical professionals need a system to prevent pressure ulcers and to relieve the workload of tending to patients disposed to pressure ulcer formation. Currently, an electronic pressure sensor is in development to alert healthcare professionals that a patient is at risk of forming a pressure ulcer. This MQP conducted studies to determine which medical material best adheres this wearable sensor to the body for seven days, while protecting the electronic components and not irritating the skin. The final patch was made of Tegaderm™ Film Dressing by 3M Co. in an “I” shape. This design adhered to skin for seven days of use, resisted water penetration, and minimally irritated the skin. Future work should test other shapes using the sensor on various parts of the body with larger sample sizes.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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