Friday, July 12, 2013

Design That Matters, The people behind Project Firefly Phototherapy



10% of newborn children in the world suffer from jaundice disease which left untreated might cause brain damage, lifelong disability or even early death. The cure for jaundice is a simple procedure of exposing a child to high intensity blue light directly to their body surface. 




Parts of the developing world might not have excess to proper medical devices or provide proper care for children with jaundice. Rural clinics are burden with limited machines and under train staff to provide the correct treatment needed to cure newborns. The people at DTM (design that matters) took in the challenge and produce the Firefly phototherapy  incubator. A product designed in context to rural healthcare system. 

One of the  key innovation is providing top and bottom phototherapy with longlife, high power LEDs, providing state-of-the-art intensive treatment in a compact package. In one study, Firefly’s unique 2-sided design reduced total treatment time by 40%, showing potential for earlier  hospital discharge, lower incidence of newborn infection and freeing resources to treat more infants.

Throughout the design process, DTM had to work with local doctors and manufactures to attain a world class product that is effective and sustainable. They were able to quickly adjust their design to healthcare specifications and ergonomics making it easy to maintain and be sustainable for longer use. They where able to showcase their ideas effectively using 3D renderings and models to help source local manufactures to produce the parts they need. 


Design that Matters chose SolidWorks® Premium 3D design and simulation software to support its development efforts because it is easy to use, is widely used by the group’s student contributors, and provides a complete range of design, simulation, and rendering tools. The group also uses SolidWorks Composer™ technical communications software to demonstrate and show design concepts to advisors in developing countries. By implementing SolidWorks solutions, Design that Matters accelerated concept development, improved its ability to communicate design concepts visually, cut the cost of a phototherapy treatment unit from $7,000 to $350, and is helping doctors work to save infant lives in the developing world.


" There's no such thing as a dumb user; there are only dumb products"





Sources http://www.solidworks.com/btd/innovations/newborn-phototherapy.htm