Infections are common among critically ill burn patients and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality among them. Prediction of mortality in patients with severe burns due to infections remains unreliable.
The specific aims of this proposal to use of dipole antenna based measurement systems for non-contact (on) in-line early diagnosis of infections allowing improved treatment for burns patients and reduced unnecessary dressing removal in those patients with no infection.
The primary motivation for this technique is to facilitate monitoring of bacteria growth without additional interruption of the process.
Here is only one of numerical possible practical examples of using of a dipole antenna sensor located above investigated surfaces, including dressings and bandages of patients with bacteria profile distribution and could be performed over a frequency range 30 – 300 GHz can be showed.
The working principle of the proposed method is analysis of changes in dielectric properties of surfaces are caused by any type of bacteria by measuring the amplitude – frequency (AF) response of the system [1, 2]. As a result, the recorded amplitude – frequency (AF) plots will show a shift of the resonance frequency and/or change of shape of resonance peak(s). Covering the surface of interest by binding of either particles or organic molecules or changing its chemical or physical properties and mechanical behavior affects both the real and imaginary parts of the complex dielectric permittivity.
This method can be used to study physical and chemical properties of materials in terms of using them for treatment for burns patients.
 N.A. Hoog, M.J.J. Mayer, H. Miedema, W. Olthuis, A. A. Tomaszewska, A. H. Paulitsch-Fuchs, A. van den Berg, Online Monitoring of Biobacteria Using Coaxial Stub Resonator Technique, Sensing and BioSensing Research, 03/2015; 3: Pages 79-91. DOI:10.1016/j.sbsr.2014.10.012.
 N.A. Antonyk, I.S. Kruglov, L.P. Ligthart, V.V. Zagoskin, A.S. Shostak, V.N. Iljushenko: Measurement of the complex dielectric permittivity of stratified media with dipole antenna sensors. Radar Conference, 2004. EURAD. First European; 02/2004.
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