Medical Diagnostic Device Components
Nowadays, there are many different medical diagnostic devices that enable users to monitor and collate information regarding their health. Equipment that measures heart rate or tests glucose levels in your blood are just some examples. These medical innovations utilise technology that produces real-time and accurate data regarding medical conditions that is not only significant for the user, but also vital to their GP too.
With experience of working with medical device component manufacturers, BDK understand the importance of reliable adhesives in their construction. It is essential that the components work correctly and efficiently whilst being protected and securely fastened within the device.
Following the Technical and Medical Innovation Trend
BDK are leading the way in medical adhesive conversions and this includes medical diagnostic devices and components. Whether it’s an invasive or non-invasive glucose monitor, heart rate or blood pressure monitor, every device’s internal and external structure requires innovative and efficient bonding solutions. We use our wealth of knowledge and expertise to find the perfect adhesive for any medical application and match the technical innovation of medical diagnostic devices today.
Diabetic Glucometer and Test Strip Components
BDK manufactures adhesive components for glucometers. Also known as a glucose meter or a blood glucose monitoring device, they are designed to simply measure blood sugar levels. Used by diabetics, a glucometer is an advanced way to monitor glucose amounts in order to identify where lifestyle changes need to be made or recognise when levels are dangerously high or low.
Diabetic test strips are one of the most vital components of the glucometer device as these are used to take the sample of blood and measure the blood sugar levels within it. They do this by combining the blood sample with a chemical called glucose oxidase, causing it to react and produce gluconic acid. This reaction then creates an electrical current which alters depending on the level of gluconic acid that has been produced; the computer chip converts this current into a numerical reading, finally displaying the glucose level.
There are a number of diabetic test strip components due to its multi-layered structure. The base layer is where the conductive circuits and enzymes are printed, onto which an accurately cut double sided adhesive is laminated. This inert adhesive stops it reacting with the chemistry and it contains a capillary channel, typically 1mm in width. The blood is then drawn into this capillary which is facilitated by the layer above. The final layer is a top tape which covers and obscures all preceding layers.
Due to the multitude of components within diabetic test strips, the choice of adhesive is vital in the construction; it needs to comply with the different chemicals and materials that are essential for the technology.
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