Safepole Hospital IV Pole by TEAMS Design

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Safepole

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Hospital IV Pole

INSPIRATION:
When Safepole founder Cari Ugent was hospitalized for intensive cancer treatment, she was frustrated by an IV pole that hindered her from performing basic tasks. She came to us to improve upon the flawed device, and together, we pushed the limits of standard IV poles. We found that the format of IV poles had remained relatively unchanged for about a century. The new design would have to better solve ambulatory patients’ problems, such as unsteadiness while walking, tangled cords and tubes, and general encumbrance from the device.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
By empowering patients to perform tasks that normally require assistance, the design offers significant improvements for patients and hospitals. The increased base stability encourages ambulation, speeding recovery and reducing bed sores. The features also meet the patient’s unglamorous daily needs: dual poles hold twice as many infusion pumps; the domed wheel base prevents cord tangling; telescoping poles, IV tube router, on-board power strip, and oxygen tank holder help busy nurses efficiently do their job.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
-

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Chicago

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Heavy-duty ABS plastic, stainless steel, noise-reducing rubber wheels

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
600 mm base diameter; extends up to 2133 mm tall; UL-approved, hospital-grade electrical components

TAGS:
IV Pole, Medical Design, Healthcare, Patient-Centered Design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Ugent, a journalist and author, began the project by conducting extensive interviews with doctors and nurses. The response was overwhelming. They described harrowing scenes where poles tipped and spilled toxic drugs or precious blood, or of elevator doors closing on IV lines. Combined with her own experience as a stem cell transplant patient, the research provided insights from a variety of perspectives.

CHALLENGE:
An effective improvement upon the IV pole had to not only meet, but surpass stringent medical standards. The design team had to find solutions that solved some of the common, yet preventable, issues experienced by patients: tangled cords, falls, and difficulty moving in cramped hospital rooms. When the IV pole is less of an encumbrance, patients are more likely to get up and move. This speeds recovery by improving general conditioning and preventing side effects – like bed sores and pneumonia – common to bedridden patients.

ADDED DATE:
2013-12-16 12:23:29

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
TEAMS Design, Cari Ugent

IMAGE CREDITS:
TEAMS Design, 2013.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
TEAMS Design

PROFILE:
TEAMS Design is a multinational industrial design firm that specializes in the comprehensive design of entire product lines and the revitalization of brands. Founded in 1956, TEAMS is among the oldest industrial design consultancies in the world. We've had the great luck to work on incredible projects that have earned over 1000 design awards over the years, and – more importantly – our brand-wide focus has helped our clients see substantial market success. With offices in the US, Germany, China, and Serbia, we like to think of ourselves as internationally local.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Safepole Hospital Iv Pole by Teams Design is a Nominee in Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Safepole Hospital Iv Pole by Teams Design is Winner in Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design Category, 2013 - 2014.



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