Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Class Project Winners

Dr Tunnell challenged 4 teams in his BME class to design a coloring book to help Chortiz children develop healthy habits and 4 teams to plan a strategy for getting first aid kits to the Chortiz villages (original entry). Although all teams contributed keen insite to their chosen project, the following teams were the grand prize winners (prize: an A+ on their project).

El Dia Saludable de Manuelito
Lea Downey and her team designed a coloring book that follows Manuelito during a day of healthy habits. You can preview photos of the coloring book by pressing the play button, the pdf version is coming soon.

I showed the coloring book to Chortiz and volunteers who work with them. They are very excited to introduce the book in the village schools and also gave some very good feedback. We are in the process of updating the book to meet more health needs of the children. In addition, the team developed a beautiful tri-fold poster entitled "Kids Helping Kids" for placement in elementary schools, encouraging kids and teachers to donate crayons and paper for the Chortiz children.

A Plan for Distribution of First Aid Kits
The team that won the contest for the best-planned first aid kit had some very good points. They suggest buying the materials in bulk and redistributing the pills in separate containers, if necessary. The materials would all be stored in a locked toolbox and would be accompanied by instructions in Spanish and in the Chortiz language. They suggest using CAMO as a means to solicite funds and created a pamphlet of information for potential donors. One of their suggestions for sustainabilty is to work with CVS or Walgreens to have rewards program, where the pharmacy would donate X dollars to the project for every Y dollars spent. Their report can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

El Cuidado de Su Protesis

Many times patients will come to the Lab with prosthetic legs that have never been washed, and look and smell horrible. In addition to the cosmetic damage negligence causes, the dirt and grime will work itself into the prosthetic, thus shortening its lifespan. Today I finished a tri-fold pamphlet in Spanish for Fundacion CAMO that can be given to each prosthetic patient, detailing the care of their leg. You can download it as a Microsoft Digital Image (.mdi) here or just click the picture to dowload the .jpg image.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Global Research

Research on the C-Ankle has moved to Honduras! From May 21-June 1, Erika Zabre will be working in the O&P Lab in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras. Her objectives are to make 6 to 8 C-Ankles at the Lab according to the instructions laid out by Los Estudiantes Americanos de Honduras. She will consult with the local prosthetists to refine the manufacturing process and general design. Her goal is to create a Manufacturing & Assembly manual in Spanish and English, as well as to update the video completed by the other students.

In addition to her work in the O&P Lab, Erika's trip to Honduras willl be an invaluable experience. By living in the country for a short time, she will be able to see firsthand how the amputees live. Part of REED's objectives is to open the door for students like Erika to travel to developing countries. Erika's trip was funded by the Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) and the Biomedical Engineering Department, both at the University of Texas at Austin.

Erika Zabre

Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
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Erika will be continuing development of the prosthetic ankle begun by the 06-07 Design Team. Her first phase is to produce the ankle Honduras and write a manual in English and Spanish for the prosthetists.