A new approach allows Custom Flexible Electronics to be printed Directly Onto Skin, medical devices, bandages and so on

A variety of physiological parameters can be measured, monitored and even modulate with the aid of flexible monitors these days. However; it has to be duly noted that in some cases such as stick- on heart monitors, customization of the monitor is not mandatory as one- size fits- all, there are some other areas where customizing devices depending on the patient’s requirement is an absolute necessity. One such instance is of electronic bandages that can both monitor and treat wounds, but for different individuals, they need to be varied.

When the question of actually manufacturing such flexible electronics comes into place, it can hardly be ignored that it requires a lot which becomes a major limitation to use it. For instance, the harsh processing of such devices that involves hardening processes, chemical baths and in order to purify the materials being used in the device, high temperature baking is needed. These issues seem to have been addressed a new approach that has been devised by the researchers from Duke University. Based on their study, they have found a method that can print functional flexible electronics directly onto the skin, bandages, paper and other flexible and moving devices, directly. This could mean that diagnostic and therapeutic devices can be printed directly on the patients or onto bespoke medical tools by the clinicians.

One of the lead researchers, Aaron Franklin explained in a Duke press release that ‘printed electronics’ are understood as a person loading a substrate and the designs for an electronic circuit into a printer. It is then expected that after some reasonable time, fully functional electronic circuit is a result. However, over the years nobody has been able to match this perception, except them, he concluded.

Dr.James Robinson

Dr.James Robinson, MD, MS is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine DescriptionThe Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a private graduate medical school in Manhattan, New York City, where he serves as a founding co-Director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness. He is a practising general internist and pharmacoepidemiologist and is internationally recognised for his research examining prescription drug utilisation. Dr.James Robinson is the author of over a hundred scientific articles and book chapters, is a frequent speaker on health care issues and has served on numerous editorial and advisory boards. Email Id: jamesrobinson@timestechpharma.com

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