DESIGN OF MEDICAL DEVICES FOR PRESSURE ULCER PREVENTION
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Srinivasan Venkataraman
Author: Velasquez, Alejandro; Almonacid, Ana Maria; Jaramillo, Lisa Maria; Aramburo, Mauricio; Velasquez, David; Iza, Camilo; Zapata, Luis Miguel
Institution: Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Design Processes
This paper presents a stage-gate design methodology implemented during the design of two mechatronic medical devices for the prevention of ulcers in skin. Each product required the integration of different disciplines such as mechanics, electronics and software, and went through three stages on which technical tests were performed on each stage. Afterwards a feedback was introduced into the next stage and improvements were implemented on the design. At the end both products were tested by health-care staff members, and patent applications were issued for.