Researchers in China are currently working on creating paper-based bandages that would change color on a patient to show the presence of bacterial infection: green for clear, yellow to indicate infection and red to indicate antibiotic-resistant infection.
This game-changing technology is still being tested on mice, but could eventually have a major impact on how hospitals deal with skin infections. Current methods of identification are expensive and time-consuming.
Another issue is how skin infections are currently treated with broadly prescribed antibiotics, which may cause many bacteria to become more resistant. This new method would help medical staff to more precisely treat skin infections with the proper antibiotic.