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Development of smart textile bandage for managing chronic wound for patients at home S&T46

  • School: School of Science and Technology
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded

Overview

NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: S&T46

Non-healing wounds (i.e. chronic wounds) are the major healthcare challenges that affect 2.2 million people in the U.K. and the annual cost incurred by the National Health Service (NHS) in managing these wounds and associated comorbidities was £5.3 billion in 2015, which was equivalent to 5% of total expenditure in NHS. Early detection of infection enables the patient and healthcare professional to undertake treatment as early as possible to prevent this becoming more serious.

The current wound care dressings (i.e. bandages) are passive and cannot respond to changes in wound conditions, such as temperature. The key drawback of these dressings is the lack of information about the status of the wound bed, the rate of healing and the stage of wounding healing. As a result, patients have to be regularly examined by the healthcare professional to assess healing and infection which significantly increases the workload and financial burden to the NHS.

There is therefore a need for an effective, unobtrusive, easy-to-use, device for managing wound that can be used at home. In response, this PhD project will develop a breakthrough smart textile wound dressing that would allow monitoring of wound healing progress at home, thus improving the quality of life of patients and reducing the burden to the healthcare system.

To achieve this aim, the project has several key objectives. Firstly, you will need to study the biomarkers of a healing wound and analysis which biomarkers can be detected electronically. Secondly, you will need to design a sensor that is capable of detecting the biomarkers. The sensor should be able to be integrated within the textiles so the design and fabrication methodologies need to be investigated. Thirdly, you will need to test the sensor in vitro (non-human testing) to validate the novel sensor and improve based on the test. Fourthly, you will need to integrate the sensor within a wound dressing followed by a wireless communication protocol that allows the measurement data to be transmitted to the patients and healthcare professionals. Finally, you will validate the smart textile dressing in vivo (on human) in collaboration with Nottingham University Hospital where you will learn more about the current wound care pathway from a dedicated team including clinicians and nurses.

The supervisory team consists of Director of Studies Dr Yang Wei (NTU) and Co-Supervisors Professor John Hunt (NTU) and Professor Christine Moffat (Nottingham University Hospital).

School strategic research priority

This project is strongly aligned with two strategic themes, Medical Technologies and Advanced Materials, and Health and Wellbeing.
Since the project is engineering oriented in which a novel wearable medical device will be developed, it also aligns with the Imaging, Materials and Engineering Centre.

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

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