HUMANIZING THE WHITE BUILDING
Sometimes you spot a design so good, that it will leave you thinking: "how is it possible that a product like this has never been made before". That’s exactly the case with today’s DDW pick: The IV-Walk.
Designer Alissa Rees was inspired to create the IV-Walk after she was hospitalised over two years, fighting leukaemia. As she explained in the program ‘De Toekomstbouwers’, there were times where she had to be connected to an IV pole for five weeks straight. This took a big toll on her sanity, but even more so her humanity. From her own perspective, she tells us that there are three important elements to facilitate the healing process: good nutrition, mobility and contact with nature. According to her, none of those elements are taken into consideration in the hospital. Wanting to change this resulted in her Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project: Humanising of the white building.
The IV-Walk is one of the deliverables within her concept. It hides the medical equipment and acknowledges the illness at the same time. The exterior of the IV-Walk can be unzipped easily, so patients can reach inside without pulling a muscle. Inside the cover the three main components are installed, namely the infusion bag, the infusion tube as well as the pump. This can be done by the patient themselves, but supervision of the nurse is still required. The shape of the IV-Walk is made in a way that neither the pump or infusion bag are a heavy burden for the user. Also, people using it are able to sit comfortably, because the IV-Walk can be flipped over the back of a chair. Needless to say, the IV-Walk greatly improves the quality of life of its users by offering a neat lifehack, connecting this design to the trend Holistically Happy.
Alissa designed more health care solutions to humanise the hospital. She created a book full of concepts in which she focuses on mobility, communication, atmosphere and mental distraction. Her IV-Walk won the innovation award and the best overall prize at the BrainsAward 2017. In our opinion she completely deserved these awards, and we hope to see the IV walk and her other ideas become a standard in hospitals all over the world. Sooner the better!