Rather than drag around an IV tree by the catheter tubing, children can now tote around their necessary meds in a backpack. The design, featured in the INDEX design show from student designers Kaspar Matthison-Hansen and Kasper Nedergaard Sorensen, is categorized as “not realized.” (Any VC scouts out there?)
Infusion systems are large and bulky and not made for use with children. This a problem at hospitals all around the world today – both children and adults are having difficulties getting around with the system which normally consists of a pump mounted on a pole with wheels and the drop bag hung on top of the pole. Children are literally chained to the system and totally dependent on the care staff or parents to help them get around.
The system is developed primarily for use with children in hospitals at the age of 3 to 7 years. These children will in most cases be able to carry the system on their back (dependent on diagnosis and strength). It is secondarily meant to be used for children at the age of 0 to 3 years where the parents can carry the system over their shoulder or by hand and also for children in the age of 8 to 15, which is the oldest group of children in the hospital, and who will most often be able to carry the system by themselves over the shoulder or by hand.
Anyone who’s spent time in a children’s hospital knows what potential a design like this has. Now they just need to make Finding Nemo and Spongebob Squarepants editions.
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