10-week term project with Umeå ambulance station and Laerdal
The objective was to identify relevant design opportunities
based on insights gained from on-site research and participatory
observations. The project was a joint collaboration between the APD
programme and Umeå ambulance station and Laerdal Medical, a
world-leading provider of training, educational and therapy
products for lifesaving and emergency medical care.
During the first week of the project, the APD students made
participatory observations of the paramedics, the equipment they
use, their patients and the different types of situations and
contexts they encounter during a work shift.
Please have a look at the short movie below summarizing the
In the project's second phase the students presented their
findings and were introduced to methods for sharing information and
generating ideas from the insights obtained. The outcome of these
activities was used to identify and establish a number of design
opportunities. After this, each student was asked to choose a
design opportunity, carry out additional research and to write an
individual design brief, specifying how this design challenge would
be addressed by the student the remaining time of the project. When
preparing for the final presentation the students also made
physical models of their final design concept.
The final result of the project were 12 different concepts of
new product solutions for a wide range of identified design
opportunities within the fields of: Portable ECG and defibrillator.
Flexible ambulance interior. Stretcher-vest hybrid for vehicle
extrications. Improved treatment in case of hypothermia.
Communication and patient monitoring. A single-use emergency
cricothyroidotomy tool. Low-cost paediatric first aid training
using gamification. Compact automated CPR. Semi-automated
adrenaline administration and scanning of single-use medicine
External project tutors from Laerdal Medical (Norway):
Frederik Hansen, Manager - Design & Human Factors.
Robert Provó Kluit, Industrial Designer.
External tutor on digital sketching and visualization:
Daniel Sellberg, Atlas Copco's Industrial Design Competence
Internal tutor and model making instructor:
Johan Gustafsson, Industrial Designer, Struktur Design.
Course responsible and internal tutor:
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme.