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Biological and Irrigation Engineering
Urinary and Intravenous (IV) catheters are two of the most commonly used medical devices for administering vital drugs and obtaining diagnostic samples from patients. Unfortunately, hospital acquired infections (HAIs) occur at alarming rates due to catheter usage. The aim of this project was to design a urinary catheter that would decrease the occurrence of these infections with a catheter coating that utilizes the antimicrobial properties of synthetic spider silk in combination with the antiseptic chlorhexidine. This synthetic spider silk catheter will introduce a novel approach to catheterization in the medical industry.
Cook, Alexander, "Designing a Synthetic Spider Silk-Based Coating for Urinary Catheters to Reduce the Risk of CAUTIs" (2018). Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects. 434.
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Randolph V. Lewis
Departmental Honors Advisor