June 15, 2013
Five BME Seniors, (Gabriela Nunez, Seth Vignes, Scott Kleinpeter, Nick Chedid, and Chris Cover) won First Prize in the ASAIO First Annual Student Design Competition in Chicago for their project “Development of a Novel Instrument for Use in Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy.”
They spent much of their Senior year designing a better endotrachael tube. These plastic tubes are used to connect mechanical ventilators to the respiratory system in patients who aren't able to breathe on their own.
The students, who called themselves "Team Cut-Throat" developed a modified laryngeal mask airway (LMA) with a dual lumen to allow for continuous bronchoscopic assistance while maintaining the original, unobstructed endo-trachael tube in place for continuous ventilation. The modification to the FDA approved disposable LMA will reduce intra-operative complications, and it also offers protection of the posterior tracheal wall, and a back-up airway channel.
The students, assisted by Prof. Ronald Anderson (their faculty mentor) used the Departments 3D-printing system and commercially available medical Dymax See-Cure adhesives to assemble the device similarly to current LMA assembly procedures.
Tulane graduates win kudos for biomedical engineering project during their senior design class, they developed a device to provide a patient with continuous ventilation while giving a doctor visualization of the throat during surgery.
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