Designing a Modified Armboard for Cardiovascular Medicine; Does a Sweet Tooth A Heavy Body Make?

Serbulea, Radu, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Seabrook, Bryn, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Mehta, Nishaki, University of Virginia

Two projects were done that are somewhat connected. One being a Capstone project involved with constructing an improved and more flexible version of an already existing tool. The other project, the STS Research, involved research into the biological and cultural effects of sugar and its abuse.
The technical work involves creating a universal armboard model for the UVA hospital. The armboard has been designed based on feedback from various hospital doctors, nurses, and staff from different labs. The main patients, in the department of cardiovascular medicine, are overweight. Therefore, the armboard model was created with a large patient size in mind.
The second project, the STS research, is about how additive sugars are used as political technologies and how these sugars play a role in Actor Network Theory. The connection between the Capstone project and the STS research paper is the different populations of patients. The armboard model was designed for the large patients in the UVA hospital while the STS Research paper looked into how additive sugars may play a part in the rising population of obese people in the world.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Armboard, Additive Sugar, Obesity, Political Technology, Actor Network Theory

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Technical Advisor: Nishaki Mehta
STS Advisor: Bryn Seabrook
Technical Team Members: Nathan Barefoot, Jason Woloff

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