Adhesive Technologies Drive Growth in the Wearable Medical Devices Market
The growing market for wearable medical devices is expected to grow to $27.8 billion by 2022. Dow Corning says that adhesive technologies will drive growth in the wearables market. Specialized adhesives will be developed based on factors such as how long devices are to be worn, their size, and their weight. Patient comfort will be an important factor. If patients find wearable devices uncomfortable, compliance will be lower, even when devices monitor important physical processes and dispense treatments.
Other factors contributing to the medical wearable devices growth trend include an aging global population, the prevalence of chronic conditions, a growing patient interest in self-management of health and fitness, and the need to reduce costs by extending out-patient care. The adhesives used for skin-adhered devices must provide comfort during both the period when they are worn and when the devices are removed. Silicone-based pressure-sensitive and soft-skin adhesives fulfill the need for biocompatibility, repel water, and can be designed for different levels of adhesion strength and tack. Dow Corning’s MG 7-1010 Soft Skin Adhesive with its high adhesion level is an example of the medical adhesives already developed by the company.