The project's primary goal was to comprehend the circumstances of preterm infants in an Indian context, devise solutions that fit into the current ecosystem, and help fix this problem. The emphasis was on overcoming the issue of water and moisture loss from an infant's body while exposed to a radiant warmer, leading to severe health problems that can last a lifetime and cause death in extreme situations.
To begin with, investigation into the use of warmers and incubators in an NICU was conducted to determine why Indians prefer warmers to incubators—understanding the benefits and drawbacks of utilizing a warmer and the causes and solutions for water loss while using one.
The outcome is a simple solution with a significant impact, and the crucial part is that it does not disrupt existing workflows, allowing the solution to penetrate the market quickly. By understanding the real-time use of the product and providing it at every step, the needs of all users - such as doctors, hospital staff, parents, and beneficiaries (infants), are considered. It started with understanding the ins and outs of neonatal care, interacting with individuals, empathizing with their concerns, and determining the best solution for them. Developing a product in a real-time setting with the potential to save someone's life makes the process all the more delicate and time-consuming, resulting in a rewarding experience full of novelty, learning, and opportunities.
Infant care, Medical Device, Neonatal care, Product Design, Radiant Warmer