UID students win iF Concept Award


Cenk Aytekin (Turkey)and John Ju Seok Lee (New Zealand/South Korea) was awarded in the German iF Concept Award for their concept for a SMD (Surface mounted Micro-Dialysis) Medical Toolkit, which they designed during their 3rd term project The Organ Monitoring Project at the Master Programme of Advanced Product Design.

The SMD Medical Toolkit was designed around the SMD invention in close collaboration with the inventor and researcher Pernilla Abrahamsson, and surgeons and nurses at Norrland's University Hospital in Umeå.

SMD is a patented invention that is used to measure local metabolic changes in special tissues by adhering a catheter onto a specific organ that needs to be closely monitored by medical personnel during and after open surgery.

The Medical Toolkit consists of a package design, tubes, connectors, introducers and a pump. Key users include surgeons, operation room and intensive-care nurses, and, most importantly, patients. The Medical Toolkit streamlines the number of procedures that needs to be carried out during the surgery and monitoring phases. By doing so, the design reduces the risk of contamination, medical error and workload while increasing monitoring time.

The package design of the Medical Toolkit protects the SMD catheter, which is the most critical and valuable element, from damage during shipping. The layering of the package also works with industry standards for the inside sterile zone and the outside non-sterile zone. During surgery, the non-sterile-nurse peels the cap and presents the inside-sterile-zone to the sterile nurse. The sterile nurse takes out the inside sterile zone and presents it to the surgeon. The orientation of the catheter helps the surgeon pick the end tip of the catheter.

Patients typically can't go into MRI or CT machines with a pump because of the pump's electrical components. The pump in the Medical Toolkit has no electrical components, so it can be safely used during MRI and CT scans. There are two pumps in the kit: big and small. The big pump is for stationary use, whereas the small pump makes the mobilization of the patient easier. The container of the pumps is elastomeric, which means that the perfusion fluid comes prefilled in a balloon tube that is put inside the pump. This way the syringe refill, which involves multiple steps, is avoided. This reduction in the number of steps not only saves time but also prevents potential medical errors.

Besides John and Cenk another APD student Dogan Sekercioglu (Turkey)won an award with a personal project.

This year's wins improved Umeå University's ranking from a 4th to a 3rd position on iF's ranking list of the most awarding wining design schools in the world.

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