Navalis Hospital Stretcher

Navalis is a project aimed at re-evaluating various human factors and ergonomics concerns for both patients and healthcare workers. The nursing profession is known to have some of the highest rates of occupational injury, especially in the lower back. Hospital beds themselves put patients at risk of a situation called entrapment, which can be fatal in some cases.

A Conversation with Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RB, FAAN

"With or without bedrails, patients are going to get out. If someone needs to go to the bathroom, they're going to go."

"Patients trying to negotiate a bedrail as an obstacle are at risk of entrapment or falling out."

Journal Research

“Front caster steering locks are designed to minimize sideways drifting while pushing hospital beds, which can otherwise require readjustments to be made to the direction of the bed.”
— Effects of Two Hospital Bed Design Features on Physical Demands and Usability During Brake Engagement and Patient Transportation: a Repeated Measures Experimental Study

“Several studies have reported beneficial effects of handle heights on lower back and shoulder loads during cart pushing and pulling..."
— Ergonomic Evaluation of Hospital Bed Design Features During Patient Handling Tasks

Evaluating Stretchers

After several interviews with nurses, journal research, and taking a closer look at stretchers firsthand, I had isolated a few key pain points.

Concepts

Refinement

I chose to pursue a steerable bed system which would alleviate lower back strain in patient transport. I also wanted to explore the idea a screen which could stretch in front of the rails to seal off all of the gaps which form entrapment zones.

Creating a visual consistency between all of the components of the bed took a lot of iteration. Aside from following a common language, the overall sculpture of the bed needed to create immediate affordances and avoid the menacing appearance of modern stretchers.

Skills

  • User-centered Design
  • Rapid Iteration
  • User Research
  • Mobile-first Design
  • Front End Development

Timeline

Carnegie Mellon Pre-college for Design – Pittsburgh, PA

In the summer of 2005, I thought I'd get my toes wet in design at my brother's alma mater, Carnegie Mellon. It was the most comprehensive introduction to this field I could have ever hoped for.

Photography Assistant, Visual Waves Commercial Photography – New York, NY

In 2007, impatient to be move on from high school, I grabbed an opportunity to assist a commercial photographer named William Vazquez.

Purdue University, Computer Science – West Lafayette, IN

I had been writing code since my sophomore year in high school. Passionate about computers and the web, I saw computer science as a way of bringing together making and code in a neat package.

Intern, WinMill Software – New York, NY

Even after a year studying computer science at Purdue, I still needed some insight into what I would really be doing in the industry. WinMill gave me independence, an awareness of how many people depend on a single deadline, and a lot of room to explore my skills as a programmer.

Switched to Industrial Design

After a lot of soul searching, I realized that computer science wasn't fulfilling my interest in solving actual human problems. I felt as though I was being trained in how to use technology, not in how to use technology as a tool to drive real change. I made a course correction that changed my life.

Intern, Streng Design – New York, NY

I spent this summer designing handles for a hush hush new appliance design for PepsiCo.

Junior Designer, Streng Design – New York, NY

I had to come back to Streng. It was a small environment where I could really spread my wings. Sketching, CAD, renderings, concept development. I ate up as much work as I could find to do.

UX Designer, IBM Bluemix – Austin, TX

I originally came to IBM to practice industrial design for enterprise servers. But early on, I was confronted with the opportunity to move over to IBM Design, a budding, design-led movement to modernize IBM's entire software product development process. Suddenly, my job title changed to UX Designer, and I found myself as not only a designer, but also as an educator and design advocate helping steer the colossal, inertial ship that is IBM toward design thinking and user focused innovation.


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					<p class="project-tile__attributes">front end development</p>
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					<p class="project-tile__attributes">industrial design</p>
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					<p class="project-tile__attributes">industrial design</p>
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      <h3 class="about-section__credential-header">Skills</h3>
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        <li class="about-section__credential-list-item">User-centered Design</li>
        <li class="about-section__credential-list-item">Rapid Iteration</li>
        <li class="about-section__credential-list-item">User Research</li>
        <li class="about-section__credential-list-item">Mobile-first Design</li>
        <li class="about-section__credential-list-item">Front End Development</li>
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          <a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/70202589" target="blank">Netflixgazing</a>
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          <a href="https://github.com/dzaharia1/" target="blank">Coding knick knacks</a>
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          <a href="http://photography.danzaharia.com/" target="blank">Photography</a>
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    <h3 class="about-section__credential-header">Timeline</h3>
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        <p class="about-section__story-date">2005</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Carnegie Mellon Pre-college for Design
          <span class="about-section__story-location">– Pittsburgh, PA</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">In the summer of 2005, I thought
          I'd get my toes wet in design at my brother's alma mater, Carnegie Mellon.
          It was the most comprehensive introduction to this field I could have ever
          hoped for.</p>
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      <div class="about-section__story-notch"></div>
      <div class="about-section__story-content">
        <p class="about-section__story-date">2007</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Photography Assistant, Visual Waves
          Commercial Photography <span class="about-section__story-location">–
          New York, NY</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">In 2007, impatient to be move
          on from high school, I grabbed an opportunity to assist a commercial
          photographer named <a href="http://www.williamvazquez.com/" target="blank">
          William Vazquez</a>.</p>
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        <p class="about-section__story-date">2007</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Purdue University, Computer
          Science <span class="about-section__story-location">– West Lafayette,
          IN</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">I had been writing code since
          my sophomore year in high school. Passionate about computers and the web,
          I saw computer science as a way of bringing together making and code
          in a neat package.</p>
      </div>
    </div>
    <div class="about-section__story-container">
      <div class="about-section__story-notch"></div>
      <div class="about-section__story-content">
        <p class="about-section__story-date">2008</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Intern, WinMill Software
          <span class="about-section__story-location">– New York, NY</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">Even after a year studying
          computer science at Purdue, I still needed some insight into what I
          would really be doing in the industry. WinMill gave me independence,
          an awareness of how many people depend on a single deadline, and a lot
          of room to explore my skills as a programmer.</p>
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      <div class="about-section__story-content">
        <p class="about-section__story-date">2009</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Switched to Industrial Design</h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">After a lot of soul searching,
          I realized that computer science wasn't fulfilling my interest in solving
          actual human problems. I felt as though I was being trained in how to use
          technology, not in how to use technology as a tool to drive real change.
          I made a course correction that changed my life.</p>
      </div>
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      <div class="about-section__story-notch"></div>
      <div class="about-section__story-content">
        <p class="about-section__story-date">2012</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Intern, Streng Design
          <span class="about-section__story-location">– New York, NY</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">I spent this summer designing
          handles for a hush hush new appliance design for PepsiCo.</p>
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    </div>
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      <div class="about-section__story-notch"></div>
      <div class="about-section__story-content">
        <p class="about-section__story-date">2013</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Junior Designer, Streng Design
          <span class="about-section__story-location">– New York, NY</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">I had to come back to Streng.
          It was a small environment where I could really spread my wings.
          Sketching, CAD, renderings, concept development. I ate up as much work
          as I could find to do.</p>
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    </div>
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      <div class="about-section__story-notch"></div>
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        <p class="about-section__story-date">2014</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">UX Designer, IBM Bluemix <span class="about-section__story-location">– Austin, TX</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">I originally came to IBM to practice
        industrial design for enterprise servers. But early on, I was confronted
        with the opportunity to move over to IBM Design, a budding, design-led
        movement to modernize IBM's entire software product development process.
        Suddenly, my job title changed to UX Designer, and I found myself as not
        only a designer, but also as an educator and design advocate helping steer
        the colossal, inertial ship that is IBM toward design thinking and user
        focused innovation.</p>
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