Medical & Health Design
Medical Product Design
In many cases idea's for new products come from medical staff, like a surgeon that during many years of experience finds a new way to operate and needs a new tool for that. Normally first some proof-of-principle tools are developed to test during new operations, after which a full design project is started. Using both user centered design and smart engineering this project leads after some iterations to final prototypes that will enter the approval process.
The process requires also more research and documentation on norms, certificated materials, coatings, resistance against cleaning chemicals, general sanitation of the product, water-resistance, safety norms, etcetera.
In case of a medical alarm system, a very effective session with medical staff helped us to understand that the present products were used in a non-intended way, leading to a dangerous situation for patients. These observations and sessions helped us to design a product that was closer to the daily routine of the medical staff, fitted their mental model better and made their work easier, while taking away the danger for the patient.
Support for certification of medical devices and medical aid products
Apart from that we can also assist together with partners in the application and testing for specific medical certifications like 93/42/EEC, ICE 60601 or FDA class I or II devices.