Faculty Advisor

Rolle, Marsha Whitney

Abstract

Nearly one quarter of the four million annual births in the United States are performed through chemical or mechanical labor induction. Currently, the most widely used methods of mechanical induction are variations of balloon catheters, which require a procedure involving extensive handling of the cervix. Through design, testing, and consultation with the client, a device was devised that allowed the physician to attach the device directly to their fingers, reducing the time and cervical handling needed to successfully insert the device. The proposed device would incorporate two straps to affix it to the finger of the physician, and a balloon at the proximal tip to reduce the time between insertion and inflation of the balloon.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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