Design, 3D printing, and validation of a breakaway chest drain valve

Wright, J., Siena, F.L. ORCID: 0000-0002-6908-7365, Beed, M., Gao, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-3738-3573 and Breedon, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-1006-0942, 2023. Design, 3D printing, and validation of a breakaway chest drain valve. Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine, 5 (1): 824. ISSN 2749-3229

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A chest drain is a medical tube that is inserted between the ribs in the space between the lung and internal chest wall. Air or fluid can leak into the space around the lung after infection or injury which is drained by the tube, allowing the lung to re-expand. Inserting a chest drain can be lifesaving, and it is estimated that, world-wide, millions of chest drains are inserted annually. This paper presents the design and 3D printing of the initial product development of an advanced functional prototype of a breakaway chest drain valve. This breakaway chest drain valve seeks to address the accidental removal from the patient, and to allow intentional removal and reconnection stopping air and fluid re-entering the chest. As such, this research investigates how the novel design for a breakaway valve as part of a chest drain kit could reduce the chances of drains becoming dislodged from a patient, and allow for intentional disconnection when repositioning a patient, potentially reducing patient trauma, and saving time and costs to healthcare providers.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Paper presented at AMMM 2023: Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine, Lübeck, Germany, 11-15 September 2023.
Publication Title: Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine
Creators: Wright, J., Siena, F.L., Beed, M., Gao, L. and Breedon, P.
Publisher: Infinite Science Publishing
Date: 11 September 2023
Volume: 5
Number: 1
ISSN: 2749-3229
Rights: © 2023 Philip Breedon; licensee Infinite Science Publishing. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 15 Sep 2023 15:39
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2023 07:09

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