All articles by Venugopal Immadi

Venugopal Immadi

An extension of yourself

Able to be compressed, twisted and conformed to uneven surfaces without losing functionality, stretchable electronics have captured the imagination of engineers in a host of different industries. In healthcare, the elasticity of polymers such as silicone has given rise to emerging technologies that can be made to mimic the behaviour of skin. Jim Banks explores their potential with Matt Pharr, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University.

Time to reprocess?

Many hospitals now reuse devices that have been labelled ‘single-use’. But do the cost savings and waste reduction outweigh the potential risks? Natalie Healey speaks to Kaeleigh Sheehan of Practice Greenhealth about the pros and cons of reprocessing.