Smart underwear dishes out electric shocks in the name of health

Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, can develop quickly, are difficult to treat and have different levels of severity. There are various treatment options available for bedsores, but there's a new one I bet you haven't heard of before: Underwear that delivers jolts of electricity.

Individuals with limited mobility are the most susceptible to this medical condition because the bed or wheelchair to which they are confined can impede proper blood flow to the skin and tissues — thereby causing damage.

Doctors at the University of Calgary tested 37 patients with spinal cord injuries by putting two pads of electrodes on each uh, cheek and delivering a low zap of electricity for 10 seconds every 10 minutes for 12 hours a day…for a month. The results of the trial showed that none of the patients developed a sore.

Yep. Electrical shock undergarments might really become a popular preventative measure because they mimic small adjustments and sort of "trick" the body into thinking it has repositioned itself.

Robyn Rogers, a research nurse at the University of Calgary, is quoted by ABC as saying:

"Pressure ulcers can be terribly debilitating.Their incidence has not changed since the 1940s, indicating that the current methods of prevention simply are not working. Our hope is that this innovative, clinically friendly system will eventually make a difference in the lives of millions of people."

The next step is to test larger groups and if successful, these reportedly easy to put on and easy to operate electric undies might become the norm.

Mayo Clinic and ABC News via BBC

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