The device is so small that it can potentially be used to monitor newborn and premature babies. Researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide have filed a provision patent for the micro-medical device that can continuously measure blood flow through the aorta and in real-time. Research leader Strategic Professor John Arkwright said the device could be a game-changer for people in intensive care and undergoing surgical procedures. “It’s a far more responsive measurement compared to traditional blood flow monitoring – and without life-threatening delays in the period snapshot provided by current blood flow practices using ultrasound or thermo-dilution,” he said. But Flinders University biomedical engineer Dr Albert Ruiz-Vardas, who helped develop the device, said additional funding was needed to engineer the device. The project’s chief investigator said more research was required to determine how the sensor would behave under physiological conditions and to examine different encapsulations. “The proof-of-concept prototype is […]