Creative Inquiry

Current Projects


Designing Medical Technology for the Developing World

Description

Developing countries face healthcare challenges every day, whether it is lack of supplies or a shortage of healthcare professionals. Medical devices and equipment that are considered standard in hospitals in the United States can be hard to find and very expensive in developing countries, such as Tanzania. Tanzania has recently made significant advances with the quality of their healthcare; however, the infant mortality rate is still ten times greater than that of the United States. This is due to the lack of technology available and untrained healthcare professionals to use these medical devices. The goal of this Creative Inquiry team is to design and develop medical instrumentation and monitors that are robust, user-friendly, and low-cost for developing countries. The students on this team will be expected to work on electronics and instrument design. The first project will focus on developing a neonatal temperature sensing and control system for the prevention of hyperthermia in premature babies for Tanzanian health centers. The next projects will focus on development and design of cheap pulse oximeter and electrocardiography systems to monitor the blood oxygen levels and heart rates in these babies. These types of projects not only have the ability to improve the lives of young infants and families, but they can also impact the medical field in developing nations worldwide. Applications for the team are typically due at the end of the semester. Please see the department of Bioengineering website for details: http://www.clemson.edu/ces/bioe/creative-inquiry.html

Team Leader(s)

Delphine Dean, PhDBioengineering
Jorge Rodriguez, PhDBioengineering
Kayla Gainey, BSBioengineering
John D DesJardins, PhDBioengineering

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Accomplishments

delphine.jpegKatelyn Rye and Sarah Stafford (with Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, co-mentor) won the LIMBS International Design competition on prosthesis/orthosis design for developing countries. The finals were held at UT El Paso. Katelyn and Sarah won first place ($1000). It was for the latest design of the grass-woven neck brace from Tanzania.
Helping improve hospitals in Tanzania - Engineering medical equipment for developing countries
FoCI Poster*Adams, H., *Adams, R., *Devon, C., *Hall, R., *Hargett, A., *Herbst, A., *Ovington, P., *Rye, K., *Stafford, S., *Tibbs, M., *Veliz, J., *Youngblood, R., Dean, D., Desjardins, J., Gainey, K., Metzger, A., Rodriguez, J. (2014, April). Designing medical technology for developing countries Poster presented at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum, Clemson, SC.
FoCI Poster*Adams, H., *Adams, R., *Devon, C., *Hall, R., *Hargett, A., *Herbst, A., *Ovington, P., *Rye, K., *Stafford, S., *Tibbs, M., *Veliz, J., *Youngblood, R., Dean, D., Desjardins, J., Gainey, K., Metzger, A., Rodriguez, J. (2014, April). Designing medical technology for developing countries Poster presented at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum, Clemson, SC.
Annual Biomedica Engineering Society MeetingT. Youngman, M. Kofoed, D. Martin, A. Metzger, D. Dean, D. Desjardins, (2013, Sep 26), "Developing a Woven Grass Neck Brace for Low Resource Implementation", Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Seattle, WA.
Annual Biomedica Engineering Society MeetingDevon*, A., Gainey*, K., Adams*, H., Desjardins, J., Dean, D. (2013, Sep 28). "Designing Neonatal Monitoring Devices for Resource-Poor Settings", Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Seattle, WA.
Annual Biomedica Engineering Society MeetingK. Gainey, P. Ovington*, J. Desjardins, D. Dean (2013, Sep 26 and Sep 25-28) "Design of Low Cost Glucometer and InkJet Printed Test Strips", Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Seattle, WA.
Annual Biomedical Engineering Society MeetingWiles, L., Langworthy, S., Halsey, M., DesJardins, J., and Dean, D. (2012). “Development of a Low-Cost Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Implementation in Resource-Poor Settings”, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta GA, (Oct. 24-27, 2012)
Annual Biomedical Engineering Society MeetingKofoed, M., Keith, K., Nicholas, J., Dean, D., and DesJardins, J. (2012). “Medical Equipment Breakdown Survey – Weil Bugando Referral Hospital, Tanzania”, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta GA, (Oct. 24-27, 2012).
Elpers, M.*, McCaskill, B., Sosdian, L.*, Dean, D. (2010, April) Tanzania 2011 Wazungu, Saving Babies, and Awesome People. Bioengineering Undergraduate Research Day.
Elpers M.*, McCaskill, B., Sosdian, L.*, Dean, D. (2010 April) Tanzania 2011 Wazungu, Saving Babies, and Awesome People. Honor's College Research and Travel Award symposium.
Elpers M.*, McCaskill, B., Sosdian, L.*, Dean, D. (2010 October). Low-Cost Temperature Control Alarm Systems Designed for Application in Third World Countries. SouthEast Biomedical Engineering Career Conference.
First Place-LIMBS International Design competition Katelyn Rye (just graduated in May) and Sarah Stafford (rising junior) won the LIMBS International Design competition on prosthesis/orthosis design for developing countries. The finals were held at UT El Paso this weekend and Katelyn and Sarah won first place ($1000). It was for the latest design of the grass-woven neck brace from Tanzania

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