Millions of patients depend on medical devices for diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment of health conditions. An incredible amount of time and expertise is required to ensure these devices work properly – from extensive research and development to hands-on care from a medical professional.
But at the end of the day, a medical device can only do its job when it’s effectively attached to the patient, which is why securement is a critical aspect to consider during product development.
Why is Medical Device Securement Important?
Securement, also known as attachment, is the process of ensuring that a medical device and its components stay in place while in use. For medical devices that are intended for continuous monitoring or long-term wear, securement is essential for adherence and accurate results. However, attaching directly to a patient can be challenging due to the resilient, flexible, and sensitive nature of the skin.
Common types of medical devices that can rely on direct skin securement include:
- Continuous glucose monitoring for diabetes.
- Blood pressure and heart rate for cardiac conditions.
- Temperature and respiration for general health monitoring.
Benefits of Stick-to-Skin Adhesives
For the optimal securement of a wearable medical device, it’s important to incorporate the right stick-to-skin adhesive into your product design. These innovative materials have been researched and proven to be safe and effective for clinical use.
Leading stick-to-skin adhesives offer benefits such as:
- Strong attachment to skin for single- or long-term use.
- Low risk of Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI), skin allergies, and follicle inflammation.
- Easy and safe removal.
- Reliable, durable use in harsh environments.
- Available in a wide range of backing materials, including PVC foam, nylon, polyethylene, rayon, and many more.
- Made with medical-grade and biocompatible materials.
How to Custom a Securement Solution
The most common formats of skin-friendly adhesives are tapes and patches. The raw material can be converted – often by die-cutting – to precisely fit the specifications of the medical device or securement method. Additionally, the non-adhesive side of the tape or patch can be printed for instructions, branding, or other personalization. The end result is a custom securement method that perfectly suits the functionality and appearance of the medical device.
Choosing a Partner for Securement Applications
At Tapecon, one of our specialties is helping medical device manufacturers improve their product design and performance, including securement. Using our materials expertise, we can recommend the ideal stick-to-skin adhesive for your needs. From there, we use our extensive converting and printing methods to produce your skin tapes or patches to the highest level of quality.
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