1Mechanical Engineering Dept., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
2Health Sciences and Technology Dept., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
3Hospital Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Received: 18 Apr 2013 – Revised: 12 Aug 2013 – Accepted: 05 Sep 2013 – Published: 15 Jan 2014
Abstract. During interventional ultrasound-guided procedures, sterility is maintained by covering the transducer head and cord with a sterile sheath. The current sheathing technique is cumbersome, requires an assistant to complete, and poses a risk of tangling the probe cord and breaching the sterile barrier. This paper presents the design, proof-of-concept prototyping, and evaluation of a probe holder and cartridge-style, single-use applicator that enables faster, more reliable, single-user sheathing of ultrasound probes, with a decreased risk of compromising sterility.
Lopez, S. A., Hernley, L. R., Bearrick, E. N., Tanenbaum, L. M., Thomas, M. A. C., Toussaint, T. A., Romano, J. J., Hanumara, N. C., and Slocum, A. H.: Design, prototyping, and evaluation of a collapsible device for single-operator sheathing of ultrasound probes, Mech. Sci., 5, 7-13, doi:10.5194/ms-5-7-2014, 2014.