The market for healthcare-related wearable devices is forecast to reach $60 billion by 2023, according to a report from Juniper Research (Basingstoke, UK). The report covers a broad spectrum of devices, from wrist-worn health trackers to remote patient monitoring systems. One subset of medical wearables includes devices that stick to the skin, and this creates a number of challenges, ranging from the potential for skin irritation to substrate adhesion. 3M (St. Paul, MN) has introduced an extended-wear medical transfer adhesive that is designed to address these issues.
Adhesive plays a critical role in the success of a medical device, whether it’s holding the device together or adhering it to the wearer’s skin, said 3M in a press release announcing the addition of medical transfer adhesive 4075 to its lineup of advanced adhesives for medical devices. Designed to laminate many substrates, the new product allows design engineers to use a variety of backings. Medical transfer adhesive 4075 offers excellent initial skin adhesion with up to a 14-day wear time, depending on the backing material used, said 3M.
“We are excited to broaden our extended-wear family with a product that provides customers greater design flexibility by letting them select a wide variety of backings,” said Marcello Napol, Vice President, 3M Medical Solutions Division. “Offering design engineers more patient-friendly adhesive options that provide comfort and a strong, reliable bond is a key part of our mission. Our customers work hard to make a difference in people’s lives, and our goal is to make it easier for them to work with challenging substrates like skin.”
3M medical transfer adhesive 4075 has been tested to ISO:10993-5 and ISO:10993-10, which assess the in vitro cytotoxicity and a product’s potential to produce irritation and skin sensitization, respectively. It is ethylene oxide sterilization compatible.
Design engineers sourcing adhesives are invited to visit 3M’s online resource, findmyadhesive.com. Users can answer a series of project-specific questions to identify a list of the most appropriate medical adhesives for a given application.