Empathetic and Efficient PPE
How can Ebola be more personable?
How to make gear donning/doffing faster and safer?
How to extend/optimize operational time?
A redesign of the face mask that tackles the problem of alienation felt by patients while retaining safety measures and economical considerations. A name tag where the worker writes his/her name and a personal symbol gives the suit a personal identity and allows patients to distinguish between workers.
This concept was produced as part of the Fighting Ebola with Design
charrette hosted by MASS Design Group in collaboration with the
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on November 8th 20
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A redesigned face mask makes personal protective equipment less alienating to patients while making donning and doffing safer for medical workers.
A redesign of the face mask that tackles the problem of alienation felt by patients while retaining safety measures and economical considerations. It uses materials that are already being used. Reduces the donning of head gear to one step and increases the safety of doffing. Traditionally only exposing the eyes, a large window allows the eyebrows and mouth of the worker to be seen, helping to reduce opacity of care, addressing common fears of stigma and alienation associated with treatment.
Culturally appropriate colors help to localize and make the health worker more approachable.
How can Ebola treatment be more personable?
A name tag where the worker writes his/her name and a personal symbol gives the suit a personal identity and allows patients to distinguish between workers. This helps to build trust and reliability, which contributes to a better doctor/patient relationship and higher clinic rates.
Overheating causes workers to only be able to work for about 40 minutes at a time and work uncomfortably. The cooling pouch will help extend and optimize the operational time. Facilities would be able to freeze local rice, and put it into the pouch. Doctors can put this pouch where they are most comfortable, with the suggestion of putting it under your arm pit or around your head. This is put under all garments prior to donning.