Managing a chronic illness can be a full-time job, and it shouldn’t be further complicated by monitoring devices.
But designing a wearable medical device that checks all the boxes on user needs is no easy feat. That’s why we’ve compiled our knowledge from working with design engineers and device manufacturers around the world into a guide – “The engineer’s guide to wearables: Lessons learned from design mishaps.”
With it, you’ll learn a wide array of missteps your peers have encountered while bringing wearables to market (and how to avoid them), as well as what users really want out of their devices.
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Science of skin: Meeting the challenges of skin whitepaper by Del R. Lawson, Ph.D Skin is an ever-changing organ. Its complexity makes it a challenge when designing wearable devices. When you design adhesives and devices that are made to stick to skin, there’s a lot to consider.
Start your design with skin in mind.
Bringing the Exam Room Home with Continuous Health Monitoring?
Imagine making daily doctor visits to undergo tests and receive medical care for a chronic disease or rehab. The miles and the hours add up, restricting your ability to enjoy a more active life. What if you could bring that care into your own home instead?
A new generation of wearable medical technologies allows continuous health monitoring in the home, so patients can conveniently chart their wellness or progress electronically. This exciting and rapidly growing area of healthcare presents manufacturers with a wealth of new opportunities. 3M can help you take advantage of those opportunities, with solutions engineered to help you speed up the design process, improve reliability and reduce costs. Stick-to-skin: Most 3M medical adhesives are designed to be "skin friendly" where devices are attached to patients. Our portfolio includes foam tapes; nonwoven and woven tapes; hydrocolloids; and polyurethanes.
Stick-to-device: Adhesives for the construction of devices made from plastic films, foams and fabrics, including treated fabrics.
Bioassay compatible: Diagnostic tapes and spacers that minimize the potential for chemical interference, as well as aid in the manufacturing and use of your device.
Structured materials: Precisely-shaped, micro-replicated surface structures or channels are incorporated into substrates to provide a new, closely controlled dimension of physical, chemical and optical properties.
Microfluidic solutions: Hydrophilic fluid transport technologies for fast and efficient spreading of a liquid sample through your device.
Membranes: Porous films and membranes with the size and spacing of pores engineered to capture particles or to ensure that samples flow at the right rate.
Flexible circuits: Flexible electronics and films help improve precision and accuracy of diagnostic devices.
When you are designing a medical device that must attach to a patient’s skin, a lot depends on your choice of adhesive system. How long will the device remain on the patient? Does it need to be conformable? What skin types or conditions will be encountered? Will the adhesive be compatible with both your materials of construction and the patient? Should the adhesive be medical grade?
Your next generation device is ready for next steps. Our network of Preferred Converters includes a diverse group of medical device manufacturing experts to help you take the next step.