UM-Flint student invents potentially life-saving anesthesia tool

When the housing market crumbled, former construction worker and business owner Jason Flowers had a plan. Always interested in medicine, he started down a path which has led him to his Master of Science in Anesthesia from the University of Michigan-Flint.

On the way, he designed a potentially life-saving device called the MieT Tube, or the Minimally Invasive Expandable Tracheal Tube.

Drawing on his background in construction, Flowers developed the idea of creating a mechanical device that uniformly expands its diameter without changing its overall length. His design utilizes interconnected ladder trusses and a series of mechanical expansion points, enabling the tube to both expand and shrink when necessary.

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