Dr Nigel Garland and Dr Zulfiqar Khan have been awarded funding through the Fusion Investment Fund, Co-Creation stream, to develop a novel Surgical appliance for the Cardiac Intervention Unit at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. The device is a left arm radial support to assist in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for the treatment of Coronary Heart Disease. Approximately 65% of patients can be successfully treated using the right arm, however, this rises to 90% when the left arm is also accessible during procedure.
Solutions will initially be designed by 1st and 2nd year undergraduate Design Engineering students of the Faculty of Science and Technology. Students will be working in mixed groups to develop concept prototypes using a combination of virtual design tools, physical space models and additive manufacturing techniques. Dr Garland and Dr Peter O’Kane of RBH will then take the design forward to full working prototype. The outcomes of this project should be available for showcasing along with the advanced methodologies deployed during the student learning process and product development.