New Sensor Aims to Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Those with diabetes must be incredibly cautious of any cut, blister, or other abrasion on their feet. These wounds often heal very slowly and can become a diabetic ulcer. If not treated, these ulcers can lead to amputation or life-threatening infections. MR3 Health has recently started trials on a new foot sensor that assists patients in monitoring their feet and preventing these ulcers. The device connects to an app on the user’s smartphone. The app guides the user on where to place the sensor, which measures the temperature of different parts of the user’s feet. This information is uploaded to the app and to the patient’s health care team.

By tracking small temperature changes, it’s possible to determine the patient’s normal range and identify areas that are abnormal. In that case, an MR3 Health representative contacts the patient and asks if they have done anything that could give an off reading. If so, that activity is noted. If not, the representative contacts the patient’s health care team. Currently, MR3 Health is working on fine-tuning the device through trials while seeking sales campaign funds.

These findings were published in The Rivard Report on June 20, 2017.

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