"I don't feel good... Could I take a bath?"
Horizontal Portable Bath Kit
According to a co-design project researching with students from medical devices department, I found severely injured patients who cannot take care themselves independently in the ICU are confronting poor hygiene condition. Nurses have to use a hot towel to clean their body because these patients are unable to stand up. The idea is inspired by the concept of the inflatable pool. It helps nurses easily clean up patients' body when they are lying on the bed.
There are three parts of HPBK (Horizontal Portable Bath Kit): float controller, shower, and quick-dry air bed. The controller can float in the shower water. It has three functions: inflating the air, heating the air bed and pumping the water. The turbine blades inside pump the air to inflate the air bed. Once the heating wire plugs in the bed, the whole lying area will be warm in order to regulate human body temperature. Then the controller begins to pump the water into the shower through pipes. There is a switch on the shower so the nurse can turn on/off the water flow.
Bathing water drains out of the air bed through the specially designed channel, so water will not accumulate in the bed after deflating it. HBPK suits various nursing environments with low cost. (healthcare center, senior home, field hospital, etc.) Comparing to those expensive and complicated bath machines, minders only need to prepare hot water and empty buckets. By quickly setting up the HBPK, they are able to release patient's suffering in anytime and anyplace.