Faculty Advisor

Coburn, Jeannine M

Abstract

Before any medical procedure that breaches the skin barrier, preparation of the surgical site is critical as the skin microbiome harbors a wide array of microorganisms. One commonly utilized antiseptic solution contains chlorhexidine gluconate in an alcohol-based solution, which has been shown to be effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Although effective, the antiseptic solution can impart a sudden chilling sensation when applied on patients. This project aimed to create a modified applicator that incorporated a warming mechanism to reduce patient discomfort. The team designed an antiseptic applicator prototype that contains the materials (lithium chloride and water) required to create a heat of mixing reaction that warms the antiseptic solution prior to application.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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