Final Presentation

December 30, 2010

Please excuse the pixelated images. It was the program I used to record the presentation.

H

December 30, 2010

‘H is for Help’ is the name of the final Product I have come up with for this particular project. I have designed a wearable ‘button’ or ‘alarm’ which sends a bluetooth signal to the owners mobile phone which simultaneously plays an ear piercing alarm. The bluetooth signal is picked up by the phone which automatically calls ‘999’ or the area appropriate emergency number. It then plays a recorded message on repeat (as the emergency operator may not get the full message if it is only played once) The message also includes the exact location of the user which is found by a tracking device also installed on the phone (possibl could be developed as an app for a smart phone)

December 29, 2010

A little fun on the side

December 29, 2010

While designing something serious and life saving I thought it would be nice to develop the design and create something fashionable as well as useful. People nowadays are always worried about how things look. Well now they can have fashion with function.

 

sketches

December 29, 2010

    

How a phone device would work

December 29, 2010

So after more deliberation and brainstorming of ideas I decided that a phone/portable device would be best. Something that can be carried around incase of urgent situations. Here I have written out options of how it could possibly work.

The rough stuff!

December 29, 2010

  For someone who has problems with hearing and an inability to speak, using a phone is near enough impossible. Imagine how hard that would become in a life or death situation when someone is relaying on them to call the emergency services. This could be a very daunting task and I have tried to come up with an idea to make things a little easier for them. Here are a few of my sketches and brainstorms of the initial ideas I had.

On yer bike!

December 28, 2010

I came across this article on the daily mail online and just thought it was very inspiring, especially for this particular project.

This is the modern face of the ambulance service…and it’s saving the NHS tens of thousands of pounds in fuel costs.

The paramedics on bicycles came to public attention last weekend after one was sent to the North London home of Peaches Geldof following an alleged drug overdose.

In many instances they can respond to 999 calls faster than ambulances because they can dodge heavy traffic and access pedestrianised areas.

The medics must endure hours of gruelling time trials and cycling proficiency and stamina tests to ensure they can navigate some 25 miles of congested roads a day.

But the tough training also means they are fit enough to treat patients even after a physically demanding shift, which can last 11 hours and involve up to 14 emergency calls.

They must also complete a five-day training course in Penshurst, Kent, for full certification, which takes them to an internationally approved standard of skill and safety.

In London, there are eight teams of two bicycle responders, which each operate in an area limited to a width of a mile and a half.

This allows riders to attend quickly and prevents them from being too tired to react when they arrive. The average response time is now about four or five minutes, but it can be much less.

This is the modern face of the ambulance service…and it’s saving the NHS tens of thousands of pounds in fuel costs.

The paramedics on bicycles came to public attention last weekend after one was sent to the North London home of Peaches Geldof following an alleged drug overdose.

In many instances they can respond to 999 calls faster than ambulances because they can dodge heavy traffic and access pedestrianised areas.

The medics must endure hours of gruelling time trials and cycling proficiency and stamina tests to ensure they can navigate some 25 miles of congested roads a day.

But the tough training also means they are fit enough to treat patients even after a physically demanding shift, which can last 11 hours and involve up to 14 emergency calls.

They must also complete a five-day training course in Penshurst, Kent, for full certification, which takes them to an internationally approved standard of skill and safety.

In London, there are eight teams of two bicycle responders, which each operate in an area limited to a width of a mile and a half.

This allows riders to attend quickly and prevents them from being too tired to react when they arrive. The average response time is now about four or five minutes, but it can be much less.

paramedic

key

Tom Lynch, a former British BMX champion and founder and co-ordinator of London’s Cycle Response Unit, said: ‘We’re getting into one-minute response times, and often bikes turn up while the caller is still on the phone to the emergency services.

‘Seven or eight times out of ten, we’re arriving on the scene before ambulances – purely because we can cut through the traffic.

‘This means that, in about 40 per cent of all cases, we can actually call off the ambulance if the injuries are minor enough, which frees up crews to attend more serious incidents.’

Mr Lynch, 39, who was last year awarded an MBE for services to cycling and the London Ambulance Service, said the bike teams have saved London Ambulance Service an estimated £45,000 in fuel costs.

The figure is based on each paramedic on duty cycling an average of 25 miles a day, seven days a week, covering distances that would normally require diesel which at today’s prices costs more than £6 a gallon.

He also says having the cycles frees up an estimated 5,000 ambulance hours a year – equivalent to having an extra two vehicles each staffed with two paramedics.

Their kit is state-of-the-art.

London Ambulance Service  – which has the largest cycle response unit in the country with 40 bikes – provides aluminium-frame Specialized Rockhoppers, at a cost of £1,000 a time.

But the total cost to fit each one to specification is about £5,000.

Painted in London Ambulance Service livery, they are fitted with blue lights flashing from the handlebars and an emergency siren.

They have 21 gears and come with bullet-proof, puncture-protected Schwalbe Marathon-plus road tyres.

The bikes have three panniers.

While the front two carry the rider’s personal effects, including wet-weather clothing and food, the rear pannier contains eight ‘grab bags’ which hold an advanced medical kit.

This includes defibrillators for heart attacks, oxygen cylinders, painkillers and maternity kits to deliver babies – everything a standard ambulance contains except a stretcher.

In total, the bike weighs more than 50lb fully loaded – a further test of the rider’s fitness.

Their black clothing is all made from lightweight and breathable polyester.

A luminous yellow reflective ballistics vest is bullet-proof and stab-proof.

The medics also carry a torch, a £750 device which alerts them to biological threats, a mobile phone with bluetooth hands-free kit, notebook, whistle, calculator and rubber gloves.

A belt holds more equipment such as a radio, morphine doses, tools, scissors and skeleton keys to housing estates.

Paul Davies, 43, who has been a paramedic for 20 years, now rides one of the bikes. He said: ‘We’re the visible face of the ambulance service which means we’re calm, professional and compassionate – and that’s better than any drug we carry.’

In my opinion I think that this is an amazing idea. A few days ago I sat and watched an ambulance be delayed by about 5 mins, now this may not seem like a long period of time but one of those 5 mins could save someones life. a bicycle could have got there much quicker.

Emergency!

October 20, 2010

This poster/set of illustrations is much more simplified but at the same time being much more effective than the previous ones I have given as examples. These simple line drawings are much easier to understand and in a real life emergency may save someones life much quicker than complicated drawings with mounds of text.

Calls upon calls come into emergency services every minute so I would imagine that it would be quite difficult to determine the level of urgency for each. Therefore a simple leg break or something maybe not so serious could be holding up the line for something serious like a major car collision. This poster shows the public the difference between the numbers and gives a second option rather than just the more well-known 999. This in turn could really quicken up a response to a real emergency.

EMERGENCY!!!

October 13, 2010

This poster is from the ‘CPR N More’ company. Personally I feel that posters like this one are extremely unhelpful and a bit of a time waster when it comes to an emergency. When you are in the situation where a persons life is at stake you do not want to takt the time to read lines and lines of text which may just confuse you even more. A simple solution would be a clear set of images that are easy to follow. Below is another poster from the same company, so much text! How can this be helpful?

A really simple yet good idea! Clearly shows the motions that you go through to do CPR along with written explanations. This is definatly one of the best CPR ‘informative adverts’ that I have seen whilst researching.

Super sexy CPR! Well an interesting image and very eye catching, especially for the guys out there! Although its a cool image its not very informative or helpful in an emergency, actually may even be a bit distracting!