Hospital bed for children
Conditions in public hospitals in Brazil are often critical, and the hospitalization process has a huge impact in a child´s life. Meeting childs who were getting back to school afterr leaving the hospital and nurses who works in such places and struggle to attend these children properly was the trigger of this projects.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Nidus is a concept bed for children treated at hospitals. The purpuse of this product is to bring humanitarian policies to pediatric wards in Brazil´s public hospitals, making such experience less traumatic for children. Inside hospitals, where the ward space is shared with other patients, kids are limited to bed borders, their personal space, almost like their “bedroom”. The project incorporates a series of communication elements aimed at aiding the contact between child and nurse, making the bed can be customizable for the patient, using glueless pvc stickers at the bed sideguards.
The bed was also designed to ease nursery professionals routines, pronned to develop several health issues related to their duties. Telescopic arms allow for the beds ballasts for height adjustment, without risks of limb crushing accidents for patients. The extent of the bed can be adapted to higher stature patients, or adjusted for pre-adolescence growth, without needing to exchange the bed for a new one with suitable size. The bed sizes can be adjusted in height, from 153cm to 111cm in accordance with the height of the ballast, and from 201cm to 226cm in depth, according to the extension of the ballast.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
A remote control is used to configure the height of the ballast, fowler´s position, trendelemburg´s position and reverse trendelemburg.
Furniture versatility: it has manual extendable ballasts to serve patients of various sizes. Safety: all spaces were designed in way to prevent crushed limbs accidents with patients. Playful aesthetics: transparent panels help ventilation and avoid children of having the sensations of being encaged or captive, while entertaining them with stickers for customisation and fun. When the child arrives to hospital she gets a sticker kit to customize her bed.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This projects started in march 2011 in Porto Alegre, Brazil and was finished in August 2012.
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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The bed structure is composed of commercial sized aluminum shapes, covered in electrostatic painting. The headboards and ballast pieces used to support the mattress are manufactured with injected ABS. The sideguards are manufactured in ABS structures, built in stainless steel rails. The transparent shields are made of polycarbonate.
The materials, instead of the indiscriminate application of steel inox that occurs, can reduce the final product cost.
The extensible feature exempts the need of keeping two beds, one kept on a deposit, to meet patients differents heights.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Height: 117cm - 153cm
Width: 90 cm
Depth: 201cm - 226cm
pediatric hospital bed, humanization of pediatric wards, playful hospital bed design
It was necessary to observe and understand the needs of health professionals. Visits were made to hospitals, alongside interviews and observations over a period of 3 months.
Twenty four nurses and nurses assistants were interviewed. Three members from the cleaning staff participated.
A focus group was carried out with children from 6 to 8 years old to understand how they understand the hospitalization process and how to improve this experience.
Attending all user groups involved: health professionals, patients and their needs within the project. Understanding what children felt like, while hospitalized, and in what way could design make their experience less traumatic. The feelings such as the fear of an unknown environment and loss of autonomy involved with the interruption of activities such as schooling and socialization needed to have their impact on youngsters eased. Moreover, it was necessary to observe and understand the needs of health professionals.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Carolina Falcão Duarte
Carolina Falcão Duarte, 2013.