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Web/Podcast only - Smart-E-pants for bed sores

Bed sores are a dangerous problem for the infirm, and these garments may help prevent them

Smart underwear prevents pressure ulcers

Smart-E-Pants (University of Alberta)
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We've all heard of bedsores, and the problems they cause for hospital patients, but did you know they cost the Canadian health care system an estimated 3.3-billion dollars a year? More than a quarter of all Canadians in healthcare settings will develop pressure ulcers, the scientific name for bed sores. And they can be deadly. In fact, Superman himself – the actor Christopher Reeve - died in 2004 from complications that arose due to infections from pressure ulcers.

Scientists from Alberta might have come up with a solution. They've created new smart underwear - cleverly named "Smart-E-Pants" - to prevent this problem in the first place.  

Dr. Sean Dukelow is one of the team members that came up with these Smart-E-pants. He's an associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary.

Related Links

- Alberta Innovates release 
- University of Alberta release 
Smart E Pants
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