Smart bandages can monitor the breathing rate, heart rate and temperature of patients. Previously already used to monitor heart failure and epilepsy patients, Henkel and Quad Industries’ smart bandages will now also be used to follow up on COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms. This kind of telemonitoring saves hospitals significant costs per patient.
As part of the partnership, Quad Industries will produce a printed electronic circuit and a thin, stretchy film, while Henkel will be responsible for creating an adhesive capable of adhering to human skin for over a week, which normal adhesives cannot achieve. Henkel will also bring its extensive customer network to the table.