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Noise Hazard in the Operating Room

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Surgical suctioning device for aspirating bodily fluids during a medical procedure that mitigates the amount of noise produced.

Design Award

  • Design Excellence Award Winner

Project Overview

In an operating room during a surgical procedure, a tool is used to aspirate the fluid in order to keep the surgical site clear and visible. These tools, however, produce a large amount of noise that can impair those in the room from performing their jobs. The team is working together to design the new tip head, as well as a mechanism for turning the suction on and off. These designs are being created on SolidWorks to be fabricated via 3D printing. The goal is to develop a new design that decreases the noise emitted from the head of the tip, as well as introduce a more ergonomically efficient on/off switch that can be utilized.

Team Picture

Team members (left to right): Charles Hower, Jessica Suderski, Akshith Mandepally, Jacob Schmidt
Team members (left to right): Charles Hower, Jessica Suderski, Akshith Mandepally, Jacob Schmidt

Contact Information

Team Members

  • Jacob Schmidt, BME 402 - Team Leader
  • Jessica Suderski, BME 402 - Communicator & BSAC
  • Akshith Mandepally, BME 402 - BWIG
  • Charles Hower, BME 402 - BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • Dr. Darilis Suarez-Gonzalez - Advisor
  • Dr. Rahul Samtani - Client

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