“Redesign the Foley Catheter” by Lisa Hawkins and Matt Brown – March 2017

Patients want to know what to do with the Foley catheter when ambulating. If handled incorrectly, the bag from a Foley catheter can be an infection hazard. To help reduce CAUTIs (catheter acquired urinary tract infections), nurse manager Lisa Hawkins has been exploring ways to keep the bag at a safe height when patients are walking. After coming to the Hub, Lisa and her design project team came up with multiple ideas including a satchel-style bag to hang across the body, a fanny pack and a girdle. Using supplies from the Hub’s “makerspace,” the team prototyped four solutions in 15 minutes during one session. In their second prototyping session, Lisa and Matt honed a “girdle-garter” prototype trying different Velcro and elastic versions. In their next session, they will be testing the girdle-garter on Sibley patients for design feedback.

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