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An optical fibre tape sensor for monitoring sub-bandage pressures: Progress towards an “ideal sensor”

David Wang, John Arkwright, Vicki Patton
14 February 2014

<p>A fibre optic sensing array in the form of a thin, flexible tape is described and tested for the monitoring of sub-bandage pressures. The sensing array consists of 36 discrete sensing elements spaced at 1-cm intervals along the tape and provides real-time feedback of applied pressures. It has been used to assist an experienced wound care nurse to achieve the targeted pressure gradient when applying a multilayer compression product. Results of working pressures achieved during simple exercises and when walking on a treadmill are also presented.</p>

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