Portable Radiant Warmer
Medical Device Redesign Project
In the US, it is estimated Home births rate has increase 77% from 2004 to 2017. With the pandemic, many parents has consider home birth as a safer alternative option to deliver their new born currently and in the upcoming future.
What is Infant Radiant Warmer?
One of the main technology that is essential to all baby delivery need is a radiant warmer.
Radiant Warmer is a hospital baby warming device to provide heat to the body of a baby. It mainly helps to maintain the body temperature of the baby and limit the metabolism rate.
Radiant Warmer in the current market are specifically made for hospital use only.
The radiant warmer integrate feature such as X-Ray scanning, and resuscitation features incase of emergency. Built as a single machine.
The purpose is to keep the baby in a single area in any medical treatment.
But in a home birth situation this machine is complicated, not portable, and expensive to acquire.
The device aesthetic would be following the medical device industry, with a soft, clean and sturdy form. The idea is to give new parents confidants and safety for the new born.
The exterior color would be taking inspiration from a Nordic design by using warm materials and colors such as wood, grey, and white to convey comfort.
For this project, I started looking at areas to improve the radiant warmer that is currently available in the market. I listed / filtered certain features that is require and unnecessary for a functional Infant Radiant Warmer that can be deploy on the go. I analysis other baby related products that can also be converted to be a radiant warmer.
The Final Design takes all the important features that midwife needs in order to successfully deliver a baby at home, with the emphasis on safe and effectiveness of the Infant Radiant Warmer in a small portable package.
Added features such as temperature sensors on the infant, each heat bed section, and the radiant heater.
Heating Pad with Temperature Sensor
Nylon Fabric pad x2
Easily Slide Open
PULL APART FROM WOOD HANDLE
POWER BUTTON TO PREHEAT
AUTO ADJUST BASE ON
Portable Infant Radiant Warmer
Since the start of the corona virus lock down, many hospitals are considered to be dangerous and will be reluctant to enter unless it is necessary. For new pregnant moms, the most important thing are her upcoming child, so most consider home birth over giving birth at the hospital. The portable Infant Radiant Warmer is a portable warmer designed and cater to mid wife. The warmer put safety first by integrating sensors, and materials such as Teflon Plastic that is heat resistant as well as fail safe to protect the infant as priority. The final design of the warmer uses warm colors and material, to give user a welcoming and friendly feel, while using it.