Team Members: Joe Bothwell BWIG IT Ryan Fischer Communicator Brant Kochsiek Team Leader Brian Schwartz BWIG David Ugai BSAC Dan Carlson BSAC. Client: Venkat K. Rao, M.D., MBA
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Joe Bothwell BWIG IT
Ryan Fischer Communicator
Brant Kochsiek Team Leader
Brian Schwartz BWIG
David Ugai BSAC
Dan Carlson BSAC
Venkat K. Rao, M.D., MBA
Division of Plastic Surgery
UW Medical School
Naomi C. Chesler, Ph. D
A device to fill silicone breast implant bags with 300-500 mL saline without exposing the saline to the environment is desired. Currently, 60 mL syringes are used to fill 300-500 mL breast implant bags. Syringes are filled from a bowl. The proposed solution is to utilize a peristaltic pump attached to a syringe to dispense saline into the bag.
The goal of this project is to develop a breast implant device for filling implants with saline solution after they are inserted into the patient. This device should dispense saline accurately (+/- 3 mL) and quickly (less than five minutes).
The current technique is slow and tedious due to the refilling of the syringes.
The filling of the syringes from a bowl of saline is open to the environment
Prone to human error
Venkat K. Rao, MD, MBA, Professor of surgery,
UW Medical School
Naomi C. Chesler, Ph. D, Biomedical Engineering,
Juan Ayala, Technical Support, Cole Parmer Instruments, www.coleparmer.com
Scott Kephart, local sales representative, Gilson, www.gilson.com
Traci Bretl, RN, Outpatient Surgery Materials
Management Supervisor, UW Hospital