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Universal surgical drain

Design Award

  • Tong Biomedical Design Award Honorable Mention

Project Overview

The universal surgical drain will be used to drain pus from boils and abscesses that form underneath the skin. When inserted into a surgical incision made upon an abscess, the drain will keep the cavity of the abscess open by physically preventing the healing and closing of the skin, allowing the pus to drain. This device will be an improvement upon the existing Penrose drain. It will eliminate the need to suture the drain to the wound, and it will be simple to reinsert into the abscess cavity. This will eliminate the need for costly outpatient nursing visits. Additionally, it should be simple, cheap, and easy to produce so that it remains a viable competing product. The drain will be made in several different sizes to accommodate all size of abscess incisions.


Contact Information

Team Members

  • Evan Joyce - Co-Team Leader
  • Timothy Barry - Co-Team Leader
  • Ozair Chaudhry - Communicator
  • Scott Carpenter - BSAC
  • Ryan Childs - BWIG

Advisor and Client

  • Prof. Wan-Ju Li - Advisor
  • Dr. Ramzi Shehadi - Client

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