Skin sticks with us – from infancy to mature adulthood. It safeguards our organs and tells the story of our health. When it comes to designing skin-friendly adhesives, dressings and devices, it can be a complex puzzle.
The experience of pain and discomfort highly motivates behavior and people will go to great lengths to avoid it. Medical wearables have the ability to transform lives provided they are willing to use them. Discover how the perception of pain and discomfort can guide the creation of wearable devices that are comfortable to wear and painless to remove.
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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Sweat. We usually try to avoid it– but sweat helps regulate our body temperature and provides insight into our health. The keys to using sweat in monitoring and diagnosis include choosing the right analyte (for some purposes, sweat analyte levels should correlate with blood analyte levels) and getting enough sample to detect. Sweat sensing technology is still in its infancy. We have a lot to learn and discover.
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.
The skin of a diabetic patient needs special attention. Diabetes can impact blood supply to the skin and lead to a variety of skin conditions. And diabetic patients have the added risk of complications from the use of devices that monitor blood glucose levels or deliver insulin.
Finding the right technology for your next innovation is no small feat. That’s why we designed a free online product selector tool to simplify and streamline the process. Answer a few questions, get a custom list of adhesive recommendations. Done and done.