Force monitoring model for casting a distal radius fracture

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Project Overview

There currently exists no method to quantify the casting of a distal radius fracture during training. Todayís medical students learn how to reduce and cast fractures via trial and error on simulators, and by observing senior peers performing actual castings. Improper castings lead to a variety of complications that affect the integrity of the healing site or even risk the patientís life. The proposed design aims to contribute interactive feedback using force sensitive resistors (FSRs). Forces can be measured during all phases of the reduction and casting process and stored for competency analysis. A graphical user interface (GUI) displays whether a participant is in the appropriate force range at a specific location and supplies responsive visual feedback. The system as a whole provides an effective manner to interactively teach a novice, declare objective competency of casting, and contribute data on appropriate forces for treating distal radius fractures.


Team picture

Team members from left to right: Marshall Schlick, Trace Jocewicz III, Andrew Baldys, and Keshav Garg

Team pictured with fully-functional prototype at BME Design Symposium

Contact Information

Team Members

  • Trace Jocewicz - Team Leader & Communicator
  • Andrew Baldys - BSAC
  • Marshall Schlick - BWIG
  • Keshav Garg - BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • John Puccinelli - Advisor
  • Dr. James Stokman - Client