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Zachery Hosea Shropshire

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia, United States | Graduation Date: Spring 2022
Biomedical engineering

A Self-Fluctuating Prosthetic AirActuator Liner With A Soft Memory Foam Design for Lower Limb Amputees to Improve Comfort, Stability, and Fluctuation in Prosthetic Sockets

Research Theme: Health
FURI: Spring 2020

This research can help amputees with constant fluctuation of volume inside the sockets, rather from amputation, prolonged walking, or exercising. The idea behind this device with an emphasis on comfort and stability can possibly change the world of prosthetics to help amputees with discomfort, pain and fluctuation after amputation, transitioning amputees into a new socket hoping to reduce rejection rates of lower limb prosthetics. Fluctuation can be caused by weight loss, heat, exercising, sweating and or shrinking of the residual limb. These fluctuations can cause amputees detrimental harm to the skin. Giving amputees their lives back with comfort, stability and quality of life

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A Self-Fluctuating Actuator Air Prosthetic Liner With Memory Foam Design for Lower Limb Amputees to Improve Comfort, Stability, and Fluctuation in Prosthetic Sockets:

Research Theme: Health
FURI: Fall 2019

The question being presented is could this device replace stump socks as well as socket fillers to help amputees with the constant volume fluctuation inside their sockets, rather fresh amputation, prolonged walking, or exercising. Amputees have faced these problems of comfortability and fluctuation for years. Caused by weight fluctuations, heat, exercising, sweating and or shrinking of the residual limb. These fluctuations can cause amputees detrimental harm to the skin or deadly infections like; tumors, fungal infections, and other skin disorders. With knowledge of being an amputee and research in this field, this could possibly help to better the quality of life for amputees.

Research for development of A Self-Fluctuating Actuator Air Prosthetic Liner with Memory Foam Design for Lower Limb Amputees to Improve Comfort, Stability, and Fluctuation in Prosthetic Sockets:

Research Theme: Health
KEEN: Spring 2019

The research question that is being proposed is whether an air-based device can address volume fluctuation inside a prosthetic socket for lower limb amputees. The main objective will be to find a solution that can improve comfort and reduce volume fluctuation. Amputees continue to face problems of discomfort due to fluctuation of the residual limb inside the prosthetic socket or liner, caused by limb weight fluctuations. These fluctuations can cause an amputee detrimental harm to the skin or even deadly infections. The proposed research aims at innovating a device that could replace socket fillers to significantly reduce the constant fluctuation of volume inside prosthetic sockets.

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