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Madison, Wisconsin - For an infant or child who has undergone a tracheotomy, an adult-sized adaptor, which connects the tracheotomy tube to a ventilator, is much too large.

 

This rigid, V-shaped tubing connector literally covers the child's chest, making it difficult or impossible for caregivers to monitor the child's heart, lungs and abdomen.

 

At UW-Madison, a team of biomedical engineering sophomores, working with Dr. Christopher Green of American Family Children's Hospital, has designed a better, more compact solution.

 

The sophomores, plus nearly 150 other biomedical engineering undergraduates, will display biomedical inventions Friday, May 7, from noon to 2pm in the Engineering Centers Building on the UW-Madison campus. This Biomedical Engineering Design Expo is free and open to the public.

 

Among the students' inventions: 

  • A mobile phone application for gauging cardiopulmonary health through a guided six-minute walking test
  • An endotracheal tube that reduces the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia
  • an assistive device to help patients transfer from a wheelchair to an exam table
  • A diet-logging mechanism for young people
  • a liquid medication delivery system for delivering HIV-preventing medication to young children in third-world countries

During the expo, student teams at the sophomore, junior and senior class levels also will compete for Tong BME Design Awards, which are funded by UW-Madison electrical and computer engineering alumnus Peter Tong and the Tong Family Foundation.

 

The Engineering Centers Building is located at 1550 Engineering Drive, Madison. Paid public parking is available in the adjacent parking ramp.



Date Published: 05/06/2010

News tag(s):  researchbiotechnology

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