Designing the PneumaShoe


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2016-2017 Team
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Project Title
Designing the PneumaShoe
Design Challenge
Currently, no sustainable solution exists in the developing world for the prevention of venous thromboembolism, the formation of blood clots in the limbs, for patients who must remain on bed rest after major surgeries in hospitals. The gold standard of treatment, drug delivery, is effective, but requires too much monitoring and is too expensive for use in low resource settings. Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices, machines that squeeze the limbs in regular cycles to promote blood flow to the area, have also been shown to be effective, but require too much maintenance and are prohibitively expensive for developing nations, with commercially available systems easily exceeding over $1600. Thus, our team aims to develop a safe, low-cost, durable, over-the-foot Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Device, constructed with widely accessible materials and utilizing minimal mechanization, to prevent venous thromboembolism in low-resource settings and address this gap in care.
Date Updated
Sunday, April 30, 2017
The H.T. Than Law Offices
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  • Global Health Technologies
  • Bioengineering
Faculty Advisor 1 - Name
Dr. Maria Oden
Faculty Advisor 1 - Department
  • BIOE
  • RICE 360
Faculty Advisor 2 - Name
Dr. Eric Richardson
Faculty Advisor 2 - Department
  • BIOE

Team Members

Award(s) and Recognition
National BMES Design Competition- 3rd place
National Design of Medical Devices Conference- poster presentation
Rice Engineering Design Showcase- 1st place- Willy Revolution Award for Innovation in Engineering Design
Bioengineering Award Luncheon- 1st place- Best Bioengineering Design Project

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