Connection/Question: Have you ever thought about turning simple, every day objects into something "high-tech"?
Researchers have developed coatings that transform simple threads into high-tech “smart” sutures that can monitor body temperature, pH, and other aspects of a wound that's been stitched together. Doctors might even take advantage of the suture’s capillary action (its ability to wick fluids from one place to another).
Colored solution (representing a drug-laced fluid) was painted on the left end of a “smart suture.” It quickly soaks throughout the thread, bottom-to-top. This process might could one day help doctors deliver drugs to a healing wound. (Mostafalu et al/Microsystems & Nanoengineering 2016)
DISCUSSION: What are some of the ways you know if a wound is infected?
BRAINSTORM: How could we alert a person or caregiver of an infected wound? (Think-Pair-Share)
TIME TO APPLY!
*We are going to fill out a non-fiction graphic organizer. Each of you will fill your graphic organizer out individually. Please highlight IMPORTANT facts in the article!
ASSESSMENT: Discussion/Journal Entry
Please write down two things that you learned about the article and why they are important.