Sensor detects orthopedic implant infections early

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RPI‘s  Eric Ledet is developing tiny sensors to detect infections in implanted orthopedic prostheses early.

Surgical site infections are a common complication and can result in additional surgery, implant removal, delayed wound healing, increased  antibiotics, and death.

The simple, cheap sensor will be incorporated into the implant during surgery, enabling continuous, non-invasive infection monitoring.