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Adv Healthc Mater. 2018 Aug;7(15):e1800275. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201800275. Epub 2018 May 14.

Multifunctional Smart Skin Adhesive Patches for Advanced Health Care.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, 44919, Republic of Korea.
Center for BioMicrosystems, Brain Science Institute, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, 136-791, Republic of Korea.
School of Electrical Engineering, Soongsil University (SSU), Seoul, 06978, Republic of Korea.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 41566, Republic of Korea.


A skin adhesive patch is the most fundamental and widely used medical device for diverse health-care purposes. Conventional skin adhesive patches have been mainly utilized for routine medical purposes such as wound management, fixation of medical devices, and simple drug release. In contrast to traditional skin adhesive patches, recently developed patches incorporate multiple key functions of bulky medical devices into a thin, flexible patch based on emerging nanomaterials and flexible electronic technologies. Consequently, the meaning of the term "skin adhesive patch" becomes broader and smarter compared to the traditional term. This review summarizes recent efforts undertaken in the development of multifunctional advanced skin adhesive patches, and briefly describes future directions and challenges toward the next generation of smart skin adhesive patches for ubiquitous personalized health care.


flexible electronics; healthcare; medical adhesives; skin patches; transdermal delivery


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