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Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives in Healthcare: Ensuring Bonding Excellence

Pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) are essential for ensuring superior bonding in healthcare applications. Patient safety and device efficacy depend on reliable adhesion to various surfaces without the need for solvents, water, or heat. 

Moreover, these adhesives must remain permanently "tacky" at room temperature and withstand handling to ensure long-term durability. Tapecon's extensive experience in using pressure-sensitive adhesives guarantees a high-quality bond and robust applications that meet all medical standards.

Advantages of Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives

A key advantage of PSAs is their flexibility in usage across various medical applications. Viscoelastic (exhibiting both elastic and viscous behavior) properties allow them to conform to irregular surfaces and maintain a strong bond, making them suitable for a wide range of products, from wearable devices to medical equipment labels.

Medical Standards and Compliance

Tapecon’s pressure-sensitive adhesives in healthcare are designed to comply with FDA regulations and medical-grade certifications, ensuring safety and reliability. These adhesives undergo rigorous testing and quality control to meet the highest standards for biocompatibility, cytotoxicity, and other critical factors. You can be confident that these products will meet patient safety requirements for regulatory approval.

There are challenges when creating medical-grade applications for the skin. They must survive body oils, moisture, shedding cells, and adhere despite movement or flexing. Skin can also be sensitive, so adhesives must provide comfort and avoid irritations while also displaying significant adhesive strength in medical devices.

Applications in Healthcare

Pressure-sensitive adhesives in healthcare have a variety of applications, such as:

  • Wearables
  • Patches
  • Equipment labels
  • Patient monitoring devices
  • Wound care dressings
  • Waterproof tapes

These adhesives are formulated with properties to adhere to a variety of materials to enhance product performance and patient comfort. For example:

Medical-grade Adhesives for Skin

Pressure-sensitive silicone is commonly used for skin tape and patches, providing a strong bond while being gentler on the skin. For wearables, this can be an effective solution for long-term wear and multiple applications.

Backing Material for Medical Patches and Tape

Since the backing is exposed, it must be durable enough for environmental conditions. Materials might include:

  • Polyethylene
  • Vinyl
  • Foam
  • Non-woven polyester
  • Urethanes
  • Rayon acetate woven fabric

Release Liner for Skin Adhesive Tape

Release liner protects the adhesive side of the tape or patch before it is applied. While it is disposable, the quality of the release liner is crucial in helping maintain adhesion. Paper, polyester, and polypropylene are common, coupled with a silicone or fluoropolymer coating.

Material Innovation and Customization

Some medical applications require specialized materials, such as skin-friendly adhesives and biocompatible materials. To meet these requirements, material innovation and customization may be necessary to tailor PSAs to specific needs. Tapecon has expertise in developing adhesives that ensure comfort and minimize the risk of allergic reactions or skin irritation.

We can also customize adhesive formulations to meet your requirements, including temperature stability, moisture resistance, or combability with sterilization. Adhesives can undergo a significant variety of stresses. They need to withstand shear stress and have high peel strength.

Expertise With Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives in Healthcare

Tapecon has more than 100 years of experience helping customers solve the most complex product challenges in healthcare. We have close relationships with leading adhesive manufacturers and provide design consulting, prototyping, and manufacturing of products that stick to the skin effectively and safely.


Partner with Tapecon for pressure-sensitive adhesive solutions that meet the highest safety and performance standards. With our expertise and FDA-compliant, medical-grade adhesives, we ensure durability and patient comfort across a range of healthcare applications. Reach out today to see how our customized adhesive technologies can enhance your medical devices.


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