Title

Engineering a Waterproof Adhesive Bandage Wrapper

Author(s)

Anna Jackson, CATS

School Name

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Engineering

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

Currently, adhesive bandages are wrapped in a thin paper wrapper; this leaves the bandage susceptible to contamination when in contact with water. Adhesive bandages can become exposed to liquids in flooding, at doctor’s offices, at the pool, etc. They are frequently used in first aid kits and the treating of wounds by first aid responders. Exposure to bacteria, that can lead to cancer and diseases is a common fear in contaminated waters—that can also contaminate medical supplies. By creating a waterproof package for individual bandages, waste, cost and the fear of contamination will be reduced. The packaging will also make the bandage easier to open, use and apply. Once engineered, the bandage will be submerged in water, dyed red with food coloring, for varying amounts of time. The dye will stain the bandage in any areas that it comes in contact with it. Another analysis method will be to place the bandage in water filled with bacteria. The bandage will then be swabbed and a plate will be streaked to see if anything grows. If the innovation places both of these tests, resisting water and contamination, it is successful. The tests will be repeated multiple times and the packaging will be adjusted as needed.

Location

Lassiter 118

Start Date

4-14-2018 11:30 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

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Apr 14th, 11:30 AM

Engineering a Waterproof Adhesive Bandage Wrapper

Lassiter 118

Currently, adhesive bandages are wrapped in a thin paper wrapper; this leaves the bandage susceptible to contamination when in contact with water. Adhesive bandages can become exposed to liquids in flooding, at doctor’s offices, at the pool, etc. They are frequently used in first aid kits and the treating of wounds by first aid responders. Exposure to bacteria, that can lead to cancer and diseases is a common fear in contaminated waters—that can also contaminate medical supplies. By creating a waterproof package for individual bandages, waste, cost and the fear of contamination will be reduced. The packaging will also make the bandage easier to open, use and apply. Once engineered, the bandage will be submerged in water, dyed red with food coloring, for varying amounts of time. The dye will stain the bandage in any areas that it comes in contact with it. Another analysis method will be to place the bandage in water filled with bacteria. The bandage will then be swabbed and a plate will be streaked to see if anything grows. If the innovation places both of these tests, resisting water and contamination, it is successful. The tests will be repeated multiple times and the packaging will be adjusted as needed.