THE FUTURE OF URINE TESTING

A simplified, low cost, accurate diagnostic system.

 

Urinalysis is the global, turn-to Point of Care diagnostic tool. Despite its clinical importance it remains inaccurate, unhygienic and subject to human interpretation. Oliver and his clinical team have developed the Diagnosticap™ system. A precise, automated, digital analyser that generates calibrated and highly accurate results. A cost-neutral solution that facilitates best clinical practice.

 

MILKNANNY

Nurture your newborn into the world.

 

There is a human desire to align bottle-feeding with Mother Nature.

Insights derived from nature created the architecture for the milk cradle design. By morphing his insights into a physical product Milknanny was born. 

A malleable convex form mimics the overall shape of the breast. The surface texture is cloned directly from 3D digital scans of human skin and the silicon nipple is pre-warmed to body temperature.

 

Colic is a big problem for mothers. The human breast deflates during feeding so that milk with a minimum amount of air is ingested. An asepetically-filled sachet drops inside the casing of Milknanny, it mimics nature by collapsing as the milk is consumed. This sterile disposable process ensures a direct link from milk to mouth. A seamless process that substantially reduces the workload and hygiene risk associated with conventional bottle feeding. 


THE PAIN-FREE NEEDLE

A vascular cannulation device which reduces patients pain and anxiety. 

The Painless Cannula is an insertion device that incorporates an injectable local anaesthetic within the tip. A direct replacement for a separate cannula and anaesthetic syringe, this new safe-needle technology forces best practice on pressured clinical environments. 

A hair-like needle anaesthetises a specific target on the patient's arm. In exactly this position a larger gauge needle can then penetrate the vein without the patient experiencing any discomfort.

The syringe contains 0.2ml of Lidocaine anaesthetic injected through a tiny 32 gauge needle. Best practice is forced upon the clinician, the cannula can only be accessed once the syringe has been depressed and local anaesthetic injected intradermally and subcutaneously into the patient. 

 
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PATIENT TRANSPORT

Human pressure on a modern healthcare environment.

Hospital wheelchairs have to be highly robust and intuitive to use. Historically the wheelchair has been thought of as a simple functional piece of equipment, with design thinking as secondary and a nice to have. With a changing healthcare environment Oliver questioned whether the current offering meets the design brief of a modern generation.

Observing the techniques used to transfer patients from the wheelchair to the bed highlighted the opportunity for designing an integrated foot rest and turntable. This single stage procedure would reduce the movement required by the patient and reduce excessive manual handling for hospital staff. 

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A driving factor for the design of any healthcare product alongside ease of use is ease of cleaning. A bacterial outbreak at the time of the study highlighted the infrequency with which these devices were cleaned. Many patients are exposed to the product between cleaning cycles, potentially providing an effective means of 'transporting' infection throughout the hospital.

Human Centered Design techniques were used to define a solution, the balance between the desirable and the feasible. Existing hand-held steam cleaning was found to be time-consuming and inefficient, as a result it was performed infrequently.

The design delivery was an evolutionary integrated system where the cleaning station and the wheelchair were embodied as one. The creation of a portable steam cleaning station accessible by hospital staff on a ‘passing by’ basis. 

1. Wheelchair arms are lowered and the chair is then pushed into the cleaning station.

1. Wheelchair arms are lowered and the chair is then pushed into the cleaning station.

2. 100% Surface contact with the steam ensures a full deep clean takes place.

2. 100% Surface contact with the steam ensures a full deep clean takes place.

3. After 30 seconds the product is washed and dried ready for the next patient.

3. After 30 seconds the product is washed and dried ready for the next patient.


NEEDLE-STICK TECHNOLOGY

the cost of safe practice

Each year there are over 1.2 million needle-stick injuries. Technologies that substantially reduce the chance of a needle-stick injury are sold at a premium therefore preventing widespread adoption.

The challenge was to develop a solution that offers maximum user and clinician protection yet costs the same as the budget alternative.

 

The solution is a simple realignment of existing components, no extra parts and no therefore extra costs. An autonomous needle-stick solution that reacts upon the insertion of the Vacuutainer to arm the sheath and therefore not relying on the clinician to consciously covered the dirty needle.