Faculty Advisor

Billiar, Kristen

Abstract

Microvascular clips are necessary to occlude blood flow during surgery. The current tongue-and-groove interface compromises ergonomics and patient safety due to lack of rotation of the clip. We designed an interface that allows the clip to rotate in the forceps, eliminating uncomfortable wrist contortion and instability. The design was evaluated by ten surgeons and functionality was verified in a rat model. Overall, positive results were obtained suggesting that the design has excellent potential to be marketed and used in surgery.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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