MFA student: Susanne Duswald
Around 4.8 Million people die because of their trauma injuries each year and over 35% never reach the hospital in time because they bleed to death at the scene. What can doctors do to stop the bleeding on site?
There is a method from the 1950s, called “Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta”, where the doctor inserts a balloon catheter into the femoral artery (inside the leg) of the patient and clogs the aorta with the inflated balloon. This method is very effective and can save many lives, but it’s very difficult to use in the unpredictable pre-hospital environment. Only a handful of emergency professionals worldwide feel confident enough to use this method.
Can we reduce the complexity of the REBOA kit to make it a more effective procedure?
MFA student: Chris Zobl
Designing for Prehospital Care Training
This project explored how prehospital care training can be altered to improve mental proficiency for emergency medical professionals. The London Air Ambulance performs a complex life-saving procedure known as REBOA (Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta) on the roadside; the only emergency medical service to do so worldwide. Teams consisting of a doctor-paramedic pairing are required to perform at their peak in extreme environments, making training for such circumstances crucial. As a result, this project strategically maps current mental processes into a framework, identifying multiple design opportunities to approach chaotic accident scenes. The framework acts as the basis for defining a curriculum, which, using Instructional Design principles, develops into a learning programme that highlights how learners experience training activities to modify communication habits and on-scene behaviour.
BA student: Ruby Edwards
Development of an alternative REBOA training simulation tool. It aims to match the medical performance of existing solutions whilst being more robust, as well as faster, cheaper and more intuitive to set up. A specific focus on developing realistic skin that can be ‘home-made’ and re-used many times.