In emergency situations, first responders have to be able to quickly and easily ventilate their patients. Even so, they often chose manual ventilation, because the existing ventilation device was too heavy, cumbersome and complicated to use. Together with MMID, Dräger developed a new generation of emergency ventilators that is more easily transportable and straightforward to use, but sturdy enough to survive emergency situations. Oxygen cylinder, hose and ventilation unit have been integrated into a handy, mobile device. The starting point for the design was a handle attached to the oxygen cylinder, in which all the engineering and controls are integrated.
Besides redesigning the emergency ventilator itself, MMID also developed a holder in which the emergency ventilation unit can be stored both horizontally as well as vertically. This holder has to be robust enough to keep the device in place in case of an emergency stop or accident, but first responders have to be able to easily dislodge the device with a single movement for use outside of the ambulance.
Basis for the redesign was information gathered during multiple knowledge sessions, during which MMID took stock of the wishes and requirements of all stakeholders. During workshops incorporating role play, all possible phases and scenarios of emergency assistance were discussed and played out, to come to an initial direction for the design of the product and a list of requirements. From that initial direction, the first industrial design was born.
Eventually, MMID designed two versions of the emergency ventilators. One version to which different sizes of oxygen bottles can be attached, as the sizes used per country can vary. A second, stand-alone version did not incorporate an oxygen bottle and was developed by MMID in a short time frame, without excessive investments.
Uwe Reimann, project manager at Dräger: “MMID was assigned with the industrial design development for Dräger‘s Oxylog VE300. Along the project MMID took care of several additional tasks of mechanical engineering. The combination of both competencies, industrial design and mechanical engineering, enhances the development and eases the realization significantly. The collaboration was always inspiring, professional and the close team work has been very pleasant.”
The result of the collaboration is an emergency transport ventilator that is easy to manage, inspires user confidence and is sturdy enough to use outside of the hospital setting.