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    Jess Bond
    Designing Ventilator Hoods to assist hospitals dealing with Covid-19 outbreaks.
    11 August
    Public discussion Created by Jess Bond

    We were so lucky to listen to Chris Hopkins from SouthMED talking about how he designed his Ventilator hoods in a record two weeks to address a potential need in New Zealand after the Covid-19 outbreak. Listen to how Chris was asked by the New Zealand government to create this tool and the Design Thinking process he undertook with a team of experts. 

    You can also listen to the Newstalk ZB podcast where Chris chats to Heather du Plessis-Allan if you want to hear a little bit more!

     

     

     

     

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      • Tessa Gray
        By Tessa Gray
        Sep 9

        I loved watching this story and listening to Chris and Jess, because while we grapple with a resurgence of COVID-19, we’re reminded of how amazingly resilient and clever kiwis are when it comes to finding solutions to local and global problems. In this story, Jess Bond talked to Chris Hopkins from SouthMED about the respiratory devices he and his team created (in two short weeks) at the request of minister David Parker.

         

        Problem: In March it was realised that if New Zealand was to follow the pattern of other countries, there wouldn’t be enough ventilators to support patients with severe respiratory problems. Because we couldn’t source ventilators from overseas, we would have to make these ourselves.

         

        Solution: Fast forward a few weeks and Chris Hopkins pulled together a passionate team of volunteers who used all kinds of innovative ways to meet virtually (phone, video conferencing, shared software) to design and manufacture a respiratory hood mask that would eventually be able to be used in hospitals to help patients breathe.

        imageIn the video interview, Jess invited Chris to retell the process, that aligns closely to a design thinking framework from; emphasising a need, to brainstorming and ideation through to rapid prototyping, trialing and modifying 2D/3D designs and testing with clinicians to modify final designs ready for socialisation and distribution. This wasn’t without it’s hassles, but well worth it as now there’s a product that can help New Zealanders, our neighbours and ultimately the rest of the world.

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        How Chris and his team have used digital tools for communication and design and developing digital outcomes (CAD design, 3D  printers) to eventually produce a much-needed device in response to COVID-19, is a fascinating story of kiwi ingenuity – one worth sharing with your communities. One of your students might be the next Chris!

         

        Do you have any questions or stories to share about this design process in action?

         
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