The Design Council asked us to help them visualise their challenge for the NHS, Design Bugs Out, where the UK’s top designers and manufacturers were asked to design furniture and equipment which would be easier and quicker to thoroughly clean, in order to reduce the spread of infections from surfaces.
From three storyboards and some CAD files, we created three animations to outline how their new equipment was an improvement, plus some 360° views of the equipment. Read more at Design Bugs Out.
Curtain Clip A curtain clip with wipe-clean handles provides a common touch-point for anyone opening and closing the curtain and can be cleaned on a regular basis. Standard curtains are handled regularly by staff, patients and visitors. But they are hard to clean, increasing the risk of cross-infection.
Intelligent Mattress with hydrochromic dye. This mattress aids in the detection of punctures in the waterproof plastic covering, which could allow bacteria such as C. difficile to contaminate the inner foam core. A layer of hydrochromic ink in the mattress covering changes colour as soon as fluids seep through, highlighting staff to the risk of contamination.
Patient Bedside System. A mobile patient bedside system that can be configured to suit different clinical settings and patient needs, with a design that makes it easy to disassemble and clean on a regular basis.