Madeleine Arkenius - VeniLearn
Blog post #1
Describe the idea!
Our idea is to develop a training equipment for practicing venipuncture, the procedure where access to the bloodstream is gained. This procedure is performed in order to draw blood or insert a venous catheter. The equipment available today is expensive and does not resemble human patients in a successful way. Our equipment is supposed to be cheaper, reusable and have a bigger variety of training scenarios compared to the equipment available today.
Who are you?
Both of us study Biomedical Engineering and we have recently completed our fourth year. We both have a big interest in medicine and engineering and especially when these two areas overlap. The projected started as a bachelor project where we worked with it part time for one semester. We applied for a leapfrog scholarship in order to take our project further.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
We plan on contacting potential customers and try to get their opinion and input on the idea and its development. We want to build a costumer base and evaluate the interest and need of a product like the one we want to develop. Additionally, we have our own ideas on how to improve the already existing prototype of the equipment, as feedback has been received in previous work with the prototype. With the feedback gained throughout the summer and feedback from previous tests of the prototype, we hope to develop an improved prototype that can be tested in the clinic.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
We expect to have developed and created a new prototype that is ready to be tested in the clinic, but also to be presented to potential customers. We will also have identified customers and taken initial contact with these. We hopefully will have met many other inspiring students doing leapfrog and made many good business contacts. At last, we also hope that leapfrog will result in a great deal of fun.