Taalib MinhasProduct Design Engineering BSc
Power assisted trolley for medical oxygen
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is predicted to be the world's third biggest killer by 2020. An estimated 89% of users of medical oxygen have COPD. Oxygen therapy has been proven to prolong patient life by an estimated five years. However, adherence to portable oxygen can be as low as 22%. Thorough primary research with oxygen users, medical research doctors and oxygen experts highlighted the barriers to oxygen use as being both the physical inability to carry heavy equipment and the social stigma attached to using it in public. Designing with the users the project took the direction of a redesign of the existing oxygen trolley. The end solution is a power assisted trolley that requires no force to use and allows the user to carry extra items such as carrier bags or handbags. The product is also designed to be more acceptable from an aesthetic perspective, reflecting more of the patient's personality rather than their disability.