Date of Award

5-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Departmental Honors

Department

Biological and Irrigation Engineering

First Advisor

Randolph V. Lewis

Second Advisor

Dean Adams

Abstract

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.

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