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Smart Stitches Track Surgical Wound Healing

They keep an eye out for internal infections

Surgical sutures with an attached electronic module for wireless and battery-free monitoring of deep surgical sites. Image credit: National University of Singapore.

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As early as 3000 BC, ancient Egyptians described the use of sutures for drawing open wounds shut to facilitate healing. These early medical accounts report the use of plant-based materials such as cotton or tendons and arteries from animals to stitch wounds closed.

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