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New sensors to warn amputees before sores develop

It is estimated that as many as 50,000 people in the UK are lower limb amputees - with many suffering from sores and blisters caused by rubbing against their artificial legs.

Researchers at Southampton University have now developed pressure sensors that can act as an early warning system, to flag up problems before they develop.

If the work is successful, the sensors may also be used for others at risk, such as wheelchair-users and those confined to bed.

Adam Brimelow reports.

  • 15 Apr 2014
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