Portable Phlebotomy Kit

This Project was a part of 'Design + Health' program at Brown University. It was an interdisciplinary class where I worked with a team from Alpert Medical School to design solution for problems in NICU at Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI. I shadowed at the hospital multiple times to understand the settings, operations and routine of the doctors. After tracking the movements for about a month, we arrived at a problem area.

A giraffe bed where blood draws are to be performed
RISD: Sung Wha Kang, Namrata Phirke
AMS: Stephanie Maldonado, Angela Zhang

After shadowing at Women and Infants Hospital, Providence RI, we designed the Portable Phlebotomy Kit (PPK): a portable work space that keeps the needed supplies organized right by the patient’s bedside, without compromising their space.  Our device is portable, adaptable to other sizes and for other settings, and allows physicians to work efficiently without having to leave the room.  It consists of two parts: a work space for the physician, and a container to hold and organize just the essential supplies.
Taking dimensions of the Giraffe bed and organising the supplies on the cardboard prototype
Prototype 1: Foldable ends to secure the supplies
Prototype 2: Design for one to three blood draws
The workspace wraps around the pockets to secure the supplies
The workspace and the pockets for the supplies
The work space conforms to the contours of NICU beds and maximizes physician comfort. It can be sanitized for hygiene and safety.  It attaches securely into the preexisting bed design by clipping onto the mattress frame. The light color makes the supplies visible and easy to find in a dark room.

Our ergonomic and simple design saves time and energy, incredibly precious resources in the fast-paced environment of the NICU. It streamlines an invasive, vital, and routine procedure, making it easier and safer for the NICU nurses, doctors, but most importantly, the patients: the NICU babies.
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