Creator and user
The idea of “tools for care” cannot be summed up in one word. A range of people and situations emerge therein.
We have chosen to focus on a genre of products that can be used by individuals and contribute to better care.
- Self-help devices for oneself
- Care items for others
- Nursing training materials used when learning new skills
Below are prototypical examples of the above three.
A pen holder that assists in applying pressure to a ballpoint pen
Self-help devices are used by individuals to help assist them in their day-to-day lives. Supporting the body in this way allows each person to have greater mobility and freedom, thereby reducing their psychological stress.
2. Care product
Punched surgical tape
Care is often provided through the use of tools. These tools often directly come in contact with the body and can have a great effect on the quality of care provided.
Take for example surgical tape used to affix IV tubes. They cause discomfort to the skin, and their association with illness brings about a negative image. Children are particularly sensitive and will even go so far as to remove the tape.
By using a laser cutter to cut out the tape into fun shapes, such as animals, the negative connotations can be greatly reduced, hopefully even making it fun to apply.
3. Educational material
Cranial model for suction practice
Performing physical therapy can be challenging, even for family members who live together. Introducing a tool to practice the techniques required can help lower the barrier in both practical and psychological sense. The same tools can be used not only by the family members but also students studying to be nurses, as these materials help learners efficiently obtain difficult skills that would not be otherwise practicable. This training tool is used to prepare nurses to engage with others, thereby lowering the barrier against smooth therapy. We are also exploring the creation of tools that nursing students can use to develop the skills they need efficiently and quickly.
For example, they may be required to insert a tube to vacuum phlegm out of a patient’s throat. Through their practical experience with these tools, they can learn how far to insert the tube. A light-emitting tube is inserted in the semi-transparent head, allowing the student to see intuitively how far the tube has penetrated.