UD Student Team Takes First Place at National Medical Device Competition with Cath Simulator
An interesting article today from the University of Delaware UDaily highlighting a first place win by an interdisciplinary team of students at a medical device competition at the 14th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference. The team won for SimuCath, a novel wearable technology that allows health care professionals to practice urinary catheterizations on live actors.
The team won for SimuCath, a novel wearable technology that allows health care professionals to practice urinary catheterizations on live actors. The device is part of a growing family of wearable technology used in medical scenarios that enable nursing students and other future health care professionals to learn invasive procedures in a realistic environment without compromising the safety of the “patient.”
The interdisciplinary senior design team that won first place at the Design of Medical Devices Conference included Bimal Amin (biomedical engineering), Taylor Boyle (mechanical engineering), Lindsay Evans (mechanical engineering), Cassy Galon (fashion and apparel studies) and Wes McDowell (biomedical engineering).
The students were advised by Amy Cowperthwait (nursing), Dustyn Roberts (mechanical engineering), Amy Bucha (nursing and mechanical engineering), and Jenni Buckley (mechanical engineering).
“These high-fidelity simulations provide an opportunity for the health care providers to assess their technique and communication skills in challenging situations,” Carlsen says.
Taylor Boyle, a senior mechanical engineering major, presented the project at the conference in Minnesota.
“It was an amazing experience to have students from Harvard and Yale, which took second and third place, come up to me and tell me how great our project is,” she says. “This was a medical conference so it wasn’t just about the competition — it was about trying to solve problems that will improve health and health care delivery, and it was great to have Delaware be a part of that.”
A full detailed report about the SIMUCath project can be found here.