Industrial - Honours
La tête is a design-aid device that helps designers and engineers assess their "face proning support" designs by monitoring and recording the amount of pressure on the human face over time.
Despite all the preventative measures, hospital-acquired pressure injuries are still a significant issue in the healthcare system. In the case of mechanically ventilated ICU patients, “head supports” play an essential role in developing pressure injuries. However, current solutions are not optimised for different head shapes and can not address the complexity of the human face form.
For the first time, la tête allows designers and engineers to assess the validity of their “head support” designs for prone patients on a human face replica with embedded pressure sensors. They can monitor and record the amount of pressure on specific areas on the face that are more susceptible to developing pressure injuries.
The following image shows the result of an actual 24 hours simulation with 10 minutes intervals on a conventional proning pillow used in RBWH.
The lines above 200 show the data from the FSR sensors on specific areas of the face (shown on the right). The orange area is the temperature, and the blue area is the room’s relative humidity during simulation.
Rooz is a Designer with an extensive IT background who started his professional design career at Studio Tehran (Iran) as a Graphic Designer. After moving to Australia, he studied Industrial Design at QUT, where he fell in love with Human-Centred Design for Health.