Selecting the Right High Performance Adhesives for Medical Fixation Devices

Posted on 9/22/2021 12:03:58 PM By ASC

With more and more adhesive medical fixation devices being introduced for personalized care in activity monitoring, point-of-care diagnostics, and dispensing treatments like medications, insulin, and electrolytes, primary requirements in both the devices and the adhesives that adhere them to the skin are that they should be unobtrusive, stable, and safe, and that they will remain so for a long duration.

As the demand for different medical devices grows, so does the need for selecting the right high-performance adhesives for both effective functionality and adhesion in different devices.  While the ability to adhere to the skin for extended periods is an obvious key factor for the device’s function and performance, but it is not the only factor to be taken into account when selecting the best adhesive for each device. 

Other factors which make choosing the right adhesive for the device challenging, include how the nature of people’s skin and their reactions to adhesives differ; how long, and over what term, the device will stay adhered to the skin; and the device’s application, purpose, size, weight, and flexibility.

Failure to take these considerations into account increases the risk of improper device adhesion and possible damage to the device, as well as possibly leading to interruptions in the medical treatment at the clinical stage.  These possible risks have made it important for manufacturers of both the devices and the adhesives to ensure the adhesive chosen meets the requirements in terms of both functionality and safety of the devices.