I lived in two areas of the Dominican Republic this summer, conducting needs assessment through interviewing physicians, clinicians, patients and other community members as well as observing clinical practices. In the spirit of the incredible legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, I hoped to accomplish something important and meaningful that would positively impact the lives of others.
With the data from my assessment, I created an extensive collection of need statements that can be used in the future development and implementation of solutions to those needs through organizations on campus, such as Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives (M-HEAL).
Specifically, my team of mechanical engineering students and I will design and prototype a device for low-resource settings to regulate patient temperature during surgery to prevent perioperative hypothermia and the complications that can occur. We hope to have the device reach patients and improve health outcomes.