10-week term project with a Swedish Med-Tech company and Umeå
The starting point was the design challenge of understanding the
needs, wishes and restrictions when designing critical care
solutions for preterm infants undergoing CPAP treatment (Continuous
Positive Airway Pressure). CPAP is a treatment that uses mild air
pressure to keep the airways open and can be used to treat preterm
infants whose lungs have not fully developed. The aim of this
design study was to investigate and explore the best configurations
of a new CPAP system combining more advanced features and
technology from ventilators with the simpler CPAP functionality.
The workflow at neonatal intensive care units (NICU) were studied
in order to understand how and when in the "chain of care", the
monitor, the breathing support and the combination of the two would
be used, taking into consideration functionality, clinical demands,
the needs of the multiple stakeholders and the user experience for
each of these.Work method
The project started with an introduction from the collaborating
company to a number of the present technologies and principles for
CPAP ventilation. In the weeks that followed the students had the
possibility to visit the NICU ward at the local University hospital
on several occasions and got valuable insights to present
procedures and the problems, needs and wishes known to the
professional caregivers and medical experts. The project also
included a number of co-creation sessions at UID with both the
sponsoring company and representatives from the hospital.
The four final concept results all addressed the CPAP
ventilation with a wide range of details and specific features.
External project tutors:
Anna Carell, Industrial Designer, Veryday.
Madlene Lindström, Interaction Designer, Veryday.
Course responsible and internal tutor:
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme.