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In order to diagnose respiratory problems in immunosuppressed patients, bronchoalveolar lavage is used to obtain a bronchiole fluid sample. A bronchoscope is guided through the respiratory tract and wedged into a bronchiole, which is then flushed with saline solution. The solution is then extracted with a vacuum and accumulates in the collection trap. In the current procedural setup, the collection trap is free-hanging and unstable. Manipulation of the bronchoscope and surrounding movement can displace the trap resulting in loss of sample to the vacuum line. To prevent unnecessary expense and patient inconvenience from sample loss, a new trap needs to be developed.
Left to right: Kim Kamer, Ali Johnson, Elise Larson and Laura Zeitler
The team is currently working on preparations for the final presentation and paper.
Solidworks image of our final prototype
|Week||Reporting Period Beginning||Activities|
|1||January 23||Choose project and team positions, contact client|
|2||January 30||Meet with client, background research, preliminary PDS|
|3||February 6||Background research and brainstorming|
|6||February 27||Decide on design alternitives and prepare for midsemester presentation and paper|
|7||March 6||Finish paper, order parts|
|8||March 13||Order parts and begin developing|
|9||March 20||Construct prototype|
|10||March 27||Construct prototype|
|11||April 3||Finish prototype and begin testing|
|12||April 10||Continue testing and make changes to prototype|
|13||April 17||Prepare final prototype, paper and presentation|
|14||April 24||Present final presentation and complete final paper|
|15||May 1||Meet with adviser for final meeting|
|Project Design Specifications (Feb 2 2009, 87 kb)|
|Midsemester Presentation (Mar 5 2009, 3921 kb)|
|Midsemester Paper (Mar 10 2009, 7620 kb)|
|Final Poster Presentation (Apr 30 2009, 3060 kb)|
|Final Paper (May 5 2009, 25297 kb)|
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