Penn State Health, College of Medicine collaborate with College of Engineering on disposable stethoscopes
A collaboration between Penn State College of Engineering and the Center for Medical Innovation at Penn State College of Medicine may lead to a useful tool for physicians at Penn State Health during the COVID-19 pandemic – disposable stethoscopes.
The project is one of many led by University-wide Manufacturing and Sterilization for COVID-19 (MASC) Initiative, a consortium of more than 350 researchers aiming to utilize their expertise and resources to create and implement rapidly scalable solutions, particularly to positively impact Pennsylvania communities.
Dr. Anthony Tsai, an assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics, led a team of physicians and medical students who provided feedback on disposable stethoscopes designed by professors and graduate students from the College of Engineering.
Barry Fell, a consultant for the Department of Surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a member of the MASC team, is now moving forward toward the mass production of a final stethoscope. Fell is working with industry partners to finalize a manufacturable design that can be mass produced in a GMP facility to address the urgent need.
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