Team 1 – Hoist

The Need:

Hoisting people with reduced mobility is a common care task, one that is performed by informal carers as well as trained care and health staff. Hoists are found across a range of care scenarios (from home, assisted living and hospitals), with different functional and aesthetic requirements in each setting.
Design ideas are needed for a hoist method, which will preserve safety for patients and carers during hoist use, but which will offer greater comfort and dignity for patients than that offered by currently available products.  The ideas may involve new designs for the hoist slings, the hoist itself – or both.


Available on the day is an example hoist, along with a hospital bed that can be used by the team members to intimately understand and experience the process of using the hoist. Materials are provided that allow for the team members to disassemble the current equipment, as well as prototype new ideas.

The Process:

The team followed a requirements capture process through discussion with the healthcare experts and the patients as well as putting the designers on the team through the experience of hoisting and being hoisted. This was followed by a rapid ideation, idea filtering and generation of rough mock-ups.

The Output:

The output from this team was a foldable hoist ‘chair’ that enabled the carers to situate it under the patient without having to roll the patient and enabled the patients to sit ‘properly’ in a chair like structure as opposed to a sling.

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