Over 35 million people have diabetes in the US, roughly 11% of the entire population. Researchers forecasted a growing number of people under age 20 newly diagnosed with diabetes through 2060. Fortunately, technological advancements in medical devices make monitoring and delivering insulin easier than ever before. Biocompatible polyurethane foam is an integral part of the performance of these devices.

Along with its biocompatibility, polyurethane foam components are durable and resistant to various environmental factors, making it suitable for diabetic management devices. When laminated to polyurethane foam, adhesive-backed dressings that are commonly used with Diabetic devices can wear well even with frequent movement and certain activities.

Diabetic medical devices are crucial in monitoring blood glucose levels, delivering insulin, and helping individuals manage their glucose levels.

Foam Wipes: Foam wipes wetted with an antiseptic can be used to clean the area to prep the site for a pump or insulin.

Pumps and insulin infusion sets: These devices deliver precise insulin doses to individuals with diabetes, helping them maintain their blood glucose levels within a target range. Medical polyurethane’s flexibility, breathability, and biocompatibility make it suitable for creating comfortable and durable infusion sets that can be worn for extended periods. Foam can help the user avoid skin irritation from the edges of the device and minimize foreign matter from getting in between the skin and the device

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Sensors: CGM systems use sensors to continuously monitor glucose levels in the interstitial fluid beneath the skin. Polyurethane’s biocompatibility and ability to maintain a barrier against water and other external factors are essential for the longevity and accuracy of CGM devices.

Wound Dressings and Catheters: Diabetic patients are prone to complications, including poor wound healing and peripheral vascular disease. Medical polyurethane is used in wound dressings and catheters to ensure proper wound care and vascular access for diabetic patients undergoing treatment.

Innovation in the diabetic device market has never been as dynamic as it is now. Technology is growing in areas like implantable and wearable devices, and medical-grade foam can be a game-changer.

In the development of glucose sensors and wearable insulin delivery systems, foam components could be used to provide cushioning and insulation around the device to protect surrounding tissues. Foam materials with biocompatibility and appropriate mechanical properties can ensure the longevity and safety of these implantable devices. Foam materials can enhance the comfort and wearability of devices, such as insulin pumps, CGM sensors, and continuous insulin infusion sets. Foam padding or cushioning can prevent discomfort caused by friction or pressure points, improving user adherence to wearing these devices.

Desired Foam Properties: PU foam is an excellent choice for patient care due to its softness and conformability.  Diabetic neuropathy is very uncomfortable, even painful, PU foam characteristics of smooth, softness can help ease some of the pain and discomfort while performing necessary drug delivery or wound care applications.

Foamtec Medical can customize polyurethane foam to fit various application requirements.

Biocompatible:  Our foam can be optimized for ISO 10993 Biocompatibility, ensuring that the is no product to patient reactions.

Non-Abrasive:  Softness with absorption is the key to comfort while performing the desired application and cleaning functions

It’s important to note that advancements in materials science and medical technology are ongoing, and new materials and devices continue to be developed to improve the lives of individuals with diabetes. Always consult with medical professionals or experts for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding medical devices and their components.

For custom-designed components for your diabetic device, Foamtec Medical has a complete R&D department to help you select the correct foam for your project. Foamtec Medical is vertically integrated, so we can help you develop a custom foam formulation to help differentiate your commercial device.  Contact Us today!