January 2021

Wearable, Portable Invention for Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Wounds

Image of the wearable invention that offers options for treating antibiotic-resistant infections and wounds, courtesy of Purdue University.

Ozone therapy is a gas phase antimicrobial treatment option that is being used by a growing number of patients in the United States for treating antibiotic-resistant wounds and infections. In most cases, the ozone treatments require patients to travel to a clinical setting for treatment by trained technicians. Now, a team of innovators from Purdue University has developed a wearable solution that allows a patient to receive this treatment without leaving home.

“We created a revolutionary type of treatment to kill the bacteria on the surface of the wound or diabetic ulcer and accelerate the healing process,” said Rahim Rahimi, PhD, an assistant professor of materials engineering at Purdue.

The technology is in the form of low-cost wearable patch that is connected to a small, battery-powered, ozone-generating device. The ozone gas is transported to the skin surface at the wound site and provides a targeted approach for wound healing. “Our innovation is small and simple to use for patients at home,” Rahimi said.

The group is looking for partners to continue developing their technology. For more information, contact Patrick Finnerty (PWFinnerty@prf.org) and reference track code 2020-RAHI-69057.

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