Mechanical ventilation is a crucial component of an intensive care unit (ICU). It is given to patients that are unable to uphold adequate ventilation on their own.
Todays ICU environment has many challenges in terms of expensive and cluttered work environments, cable management challenges and time consuming patient transports.
Inspiration and Method
The project used a traditional user centric design methodology. Identifying all the different stakeholders and creating insights around their varying needs. With a strong focus on usability a big part on the project was focused on making rapid mock-ups for form and ergonomics evaluation.
The project also had a strong manufacturers perspective, aiming to optimise for production and strengthening the costumer offering.
The two main goals for the project were:
- To outline a modular platform for the next generation ventilators.
Through a conceptual approach looking at enabling cost efficient development, manufacture and product scalability for different users and markets.
- To design a ventilator based on that platform for a specific context.
Taking users needs into consideration for enabling improved usability, flexibility, cable management and transport.
The result was an ICU ventilator with fully configurable patient monitoring enabling flexibility and ease of use - even during transport. The ventilator accommodates for the entire patient journey through the ICU, removing the need for separate transport ventilators and radically improves cable management.