An adaptable and transferrable project based on a heart-lung machine design challenge

Stephanie Farrell, Taryn Melkus Bayles, Patricia M. Kieran

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Abstract

A heart-lung machine is used to take over the function of the heart and lungs during a surgical procedure in which the heart must be stopped. This machine makes possible a variety of life-saving surgeries such as heart transplants, bypass surgery, and valve replacement. Blood oxygenators are used in more than one million procedures annually, and their total market is over $500 million per year. This paper describes how a heart-lung machine design challenge was used in four different educational contexts: high school science courses in the United States, a multidisciplinary first year engineering course at a university in the United States, a second year chemical & bioprocess engineering course at a university in Ireland, and an upper level chemical engineering core course (Transport II). The design challenge required students to design, build, and test a heart-lung machine to simulate the performance of a clinical cardiopulmonary bypass system. The project proved to be adaptable and transferrable to different contexts with different learning objectives, assessment, instructional strategy, student population, and details of implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Volume2016-June
StatePublished - Jun 26 2016
Event123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jun 29 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering

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