The 2007 International Design Excellence Awards from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) are in. As it happens every year, quite a few products are in the medical devices category.
The VisIV™ Intravenous (I.V.) Solution Container from Hospira, Inc., a Lake Forest, Illinois company, takes an IDSA’s Bronze for being “the first significant redesign of the IV bag in three decades,” that sports an impressive array of features for a simple thing like an IV bag.
From the company’s product site:
Patient and Caregiver Safety & Efficiency
Presence of ergonomic pull ring provides visual evidence that no medication has been added Helps reduce risk of contamination Virtually impenetrable port tubes Needlestick risk protection
Advanced Design for the Global Healthcare Environment
Results in 40 to 70 percent less waste than other flexible I.V. containers 100% PVC and DEHP free (Container Body & I.V. Ports) Helps reduce hospitals’ environmental impact and disposal fees Reduces time necessary to deliver lifesaving medications Facilitates ease of critical medication administration