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Special Section Technical Briefs

The Cath-Assist: A Self-Catheterization Assistive Device1

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John E. Speich

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering,
Virginia Commonwealth University,
Richmond, VA 23284

Adam P. Klausner

Department of Surgery,
Division of Urology,
Virginia Commonwealth University,
Richmond, VA 23284

Accepted and presented at The Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD2015), April 13-16, 2015, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Manuscript received March 3, 2015; final manuscript received March 17, 2015; published online April 24, 2015. Editor: Arthur Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 9(2), 020950 (Jun 01, 2015) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-15-1062; doi: 10.1115/1.4030129 History: Received March 03, 2015; Revised March 17, 2015; Online April 24, 2015

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Fig. 1

(a) Illustration of the Cath-Assist device positioned between the legs of a human model seated in a wheelchair and (b) Cath-Assist assembly including a base, cartridge, and catheter

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Fig. 2

(a) Cath-Assist cartridge, (b) transparent new of the cartridge showing the interface wheel and feed wheels, and (c) cartridge opened for catheter loading/unloading and cleaning

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Fig. 3

Cath-Assist prototype photos taken from a user's prospective

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