Designing a surgery
In cooperation with Bosch Healthcare Solutions I developed and designed a new surgical instrument and the accompanied surgical process. The project focused on user centered design, involved a detailed on-site research to grasp information on usage and requirements, creating and evaluating ergonomically studies, developing feasible mechanical solutions as well as creating and incorporating design guidelines. Because of the new technology being used not only the instrument itself but the whole process was rethought from start to finish. The result was achieved in close cooperation with medical professionals as well as corporate designers and engineers of Bosch. Because of pending patents, the final result can't be shown at this moment.
„How does a surgeons' dream instrument look like?“
IntuitiveThe most prominent requirement has been the intuitive handling of the instrument allowing for a blind usage.
PreciseA surgical instrument needs to live up to the surgeons abilities and provide the highest level of precise handling.
ErgonomicUsing and setting up the instrument needs to be simple and comfortable to allow for a flawless process.
„How can design help optimising the
process of a surgery?“
PreparationBefore the actual operation the operating room needs to be set up. An optimized process shortens the preparation time.
Team workThe positive outcome of a surgery is much influences by the quality of teamwork. Supporting communication and easy interaction between the participants is crucial.
PackagingSpace inside an OR is very limited, handling packaging can be a full time job. A smart packaging solution makes handling and keeping record of used equipment easier.
ProcessDuring a complex surgery a lot of equipment is in use and steps need to be taken in a very strict manner. Creating an intuitive workflow and obvious choices helps to simplify the process.
HygieneBoth objects and participants need to be sterile during the surgery which adds an extra level of complexity.
Follow upThe surgery itself won't end with the patient leaving the operating room. Taking care of used equipment as well as the aftercare of the patient adds specific demands to process.