Rhian BacheProduct Design BSc
Loading and administrating medications with existing oral syringes is extremely difficult, especially for those suffering from poor coordination, or hand weakness. Initial user observations showed an immediate need for a new method that was both accurate and sterile. Using current solutions, patient self-administration was unmanageable forcing a carer to intervene. The initial concept, to simplify use by holding the syringe horizontally using an oral accessory, was conceived whilst observing a focus group session. By allowing the user to keep the syringe flat they are free to concentrate on the rate of medication flow rather than keeping the syringe stationary within the oral cavity. From this initial concept the full range was developed including a new bottle adapter, handle accessory and the oral accessory. The new bottle adapter removes the need to invert and elevate the medicine bottle whilst the handle accessory decreases pressure on the user's palm and fingers. The oral accessory's adjustable handle allows for left and right handed use in multiple positions so the user can adapt the accessory to their specific needs.