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Bean Sleeve (Super Splint)

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Design Award

  • Tong Biomedical Design Award Winner

Project Overview

Approximately 250-300 thousand people will fracture their wrist every year in the United States. Most occur in children or the elderly and are typically treated with the application of a rigid cast. Studies have shown that minimally displaced distal radius fractures in children can be corrected in removable splints. This approach has the obvious benefit of being removable for skin inspection and hygiene, but concern exists for fractures that were initially displaced and required reduction. Often, these fractures are best managed in a rigid cast, relying on the pressure applied by the cast to maintain alignment. While great advances have been made in the internal treatment of fractures, little has changed in the external immobilization of fractures. The purpose of this project is to develop a splint that could be adjusted in a multidimensional manner and maintain appropriate pressures to hold a reduction accounting for increases or decreases in soft tissue swelling.

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Team members from left to right: Alex LaVanway, Mike Schmidt, Jake Tokar, Ryan Keuler
Team members from left to right: Alex LaVanway, Mike Schmidt, Jake Tokar, Ryan Keuler

Contact Information

Team Members

  • Alex Lavanway, BME 402 - Team Leader
  • Michael Schmidt, BME 402 - Communicator
  • Jacob Tokar, BME 402 - BSAC
  • Ryan Keuler, BME 402 - BWIG & BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • Mitchell Tyler - Advisor
  • Dr. Matthew Halanski - Client

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