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
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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