Abstract

This project sought to develop a method to provide a clinically meaningful, surrogate measure for viscosity that will help analyze complex biofluids. Goals for this project included precise measurements that differentiate a wide variety of standard viscosities, table-top level of size, and ease-of-use. The design utilized a custom 3D-printed analog of a cone and plate viscometer with an attachment for a smartphone to provide gyroscopic data. The device is currently in the stages of final validation and will ultimately be tested in a 40-patient clinical trial intended to assess efficacy of mucolytic therapy in mechanically ventilated patients.

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