There is a growing trend for stick-to-skin remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices in healthcare. These devices have adhered directly to the patient’s skin with a skin-safe adhesive which enables continuous monitoring of vital signs, physiological parameters, and other health-related data. The rising popularity of wearable RPM devices can be attributed to several factors, including advancements in technology, increased focus on preventive care, improved patient outcomes, and the convenience for both patients and healthcare providers.
One of the key factors in this trend is the rapid advancement in sensor and wearable technology. Devices have become more compact and lightweight through the miniaturization of sensors, availability of flexible electronics, and wireless connectivity which provides increased comfort for extended periods of time. These sensors allow for the collection and transmission of real-time data, providing greater insights into the patient’s health and early detection of potential issues. In regards to healthcare providers, they can then provide more efficient and targeted treatment for the patient.
Further, healthcare has mostly centered around reactive treatment where the patient visits their healthcare provider only when they experience symptoms or when an emergency health event has occurred. However, wearable RPM devices have the potential to revolutionize healthcare by shifting the focus toward preventative care. With continuous monitoring, these devices can detect changes in vital signs, track trends, and detect deviations from normal health, enabling physicians with initiative-taking and target treatment and preventative measures. The result is improved patient outcomes and the potential to reduce healthcare costs.
Additionally, traditional monitoring methods are inconvenient, requiring the patient to make frequent visits to healthcare facilities which also adds to the burden on the healthcare system. Wearable RPM devices are designed to be non-invasive, easy to use, and discreet which allows patients to continue uninterrupted in their normal daily routines. These devices also provide patients with the benefit of being monitored from the comfort of their own homes while still receiving continuous, personalized healthcare.
Not to be overlooked, pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSA) play a vital role in the development and functionality of wearable RPM devices. The importance of PSAs for these applications lies in their ability to securely attach the sensors to the skin, maintain intimate contact, and ensure accurate data collection throughout the prescribed wear time. In addition to securing the device to the skin, the PSA must also provide painless and residue-free removal, withstand physical stresses, sweat, and moisture exposure, and exhibit good breathability properties. Careful selection must go into choosing the right adhesive for each type of wearable device to achieve the desired wear times and to ensure the patient has a good user experience. DermaMed is an ISO 13485-certified company and medical adhesive tape supplier offering both standard and custom adhesive products to meet the specific end-use requirements of your wearable medical device. Contact one of our sales representatives to learn more.