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Tracheostomy Securement

Our project is to design a device that can quantitatively measure the securement of a tracheostomy, therefore, prevent postoperative complications and provide hospital staff with more information for further research. Because of the COVID-19 situation, we have changed our project from designing an actual prototype to focusing more on theoretical mechanisms so that it will be able to be manufactured in the future.

Team Members

Yunke Ren (Claudia)
Samuel Mlawer
Seong Jae Park (Jacob)
Yue Chen (Helen)

Supervisors

Professor Anne E. Luebke, Samuel Charpentier (TA)

Customers

Doctor Glenn T. Schneider

Description

Our project is to design a device that can quantitatively measure the securement of a tracheostomy, therefore, prevent postoperative complications and provide hospital staff with more information for further research. Because of the COVID-19 situation, we have changed our project from designing an actual prototype to focusing more on theoretical mechanisms so that it will be able to be manufactured in the future.

Background Information

Designing Process

Future Direction

Acknowledgments

We thank Dr. Anne Luebke and TA Samuel Charpentier for passionately supporting us and giving direct feedback on the weekly team meetings. We also want to thank Dr. Todd Schneider for allowing us to do rounds on tracheostomy patients in the hospital and helping us to understand how patients feel about tracheostomy securement, therefore, set a direction on a way to minimize pain for the patients. Lastly, we appreciate Dr. Scott Seidman and Dr. Amy Lerner for advising us with design alternates, for example, to change hinge and a spring to a clip, when we had difficulty with manufacturability issues.

4 replies on “Tracheostomy Securement”

This will be a great improvement over the current process. Great job, and very nice presentation!

Thank you very much. I hope it can provide a better way to help patients as well as other hospital workers.

Cool project – making the procedure more controlled and quantitative. I appreciate the fact that you also considered the need to account for body position.

Thanks for your comment. We hope our testing plan at different body positions can provide reliable and quantitative data in the future when actual testing of the device is possible.

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