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Inlab was the result of a collaboration with Malin Grummas, while realizing the potential for surface microdialysis. This project was done during… Read More
Inlab was the result of a collaboration with Malin Grummas, while realizing the potential for surface microdialysis. This project was done during our studies at Umea Institute of Design in 2011 Read Less
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Inlab was the result of a collaboration with Malin Grummas, while realizing the potential for surface microdialysis. Surface Microdialysis is a process that allows medical personnel to survey the current state of an organ during &post surgery, in particular transplantation surgery where organ monitoring can detect early signs of complications, allowing the ability to react fast. 
What is Inlab about
 
Following transplant surgery a patient is susceptible to infection, organ rejection and a variety of other complications including Ischemia. By giving the medical personnel the tools to accurately and quickly diagnose any problems prior to them becoming serious opens a window of opportunity to treat individual patients based on their needs. Microdialysis is currently being used in clinical trials but existing products are severely intrusive and the time lapse between sampling and diagnosing gives medical personal a very short window to act on, Inlab increases this window dramatically ensuring decisions can be made with clarity. To gain accurate analysis on an organ, a minimum of 3 catheters are used, this means at least 3 separate units, each with their own entry hole into the body, thus increasing the risk of infection. Inlab is the first product that allows for multiple catheters with 1 entry hole.
Process
 
Numerous prototypes were made in cardboard, foam and rapid prototyped in order to determine the most functional solution. Prototypes proved priceless when interacting with medical personnel.
Inlab is designed for any hospital environment whether it has the state of the art in technology or a less developed clinic. Inlab is adaptable to its environment and works with both advance online systems or via manual samples, thus making it implementable globally.
Inlab is designed with the patient at the forefront and focuses on improving their recover physically and psychologically. Patients need to be mobile during their recover therefore Inlab is a small self contained unit that can fit into the pocket of a patient, breaking the psychological barrier that countless tubes impede on a patient.
( A full reserach report on this project is available on request )

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